What to Expect
L’Eixample History & Flavors for Food Lovers
This tour is a remarkable way to truly experience Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, known for its Modernista style and high-end shopping opportunities. We have designed this exclusive route to give you the perfect balance between exploring the fascinating history of the district and trying out some delicious and authentic Catalan cuisine.
This tour will last around 3.5 hours with a total of 15 sights, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes! We highly recommend to check the weather for your other attire.
Our entertaining guides from Eye on Food Tours will bring the Eixample district of Barcelona to life on this historical and culinary journey. Marvel at the famous architectural masterpieces of the geniuses of Catalan Modernism and learn how these revolutionary designs have survived not only the passing of time but also many dramatic controversies.
You will also get to experience delicious tapas accompanied by an assortment of locally made cheeses, cured meats, and so much more! On this tour, you are going to create wonderful memories and build lasting friendships while experiencing the city’s tastes and smells, all of which will linger long after your trip is over.
You will be meeting your English-speaking guide outside Palau Robert, near the “Diagonal” metro station along the Passeig de Gracia (please arrive 15 min early for check-in). We will start by walking through the beautiful gardens of the palace as you learn about its history and the Neoclassical style of the building, dating back to the early 1900’s.
We will then work our way over to the impressive Rambla de Catalunya, almost always teeming with people and full of life, before heading back down a side street to one of the oldest family-run bodegas of L’Eixample. This hidden gem has been active for over 80 years, and you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in some of the freshest and most authentic flavors to be found in the city. Here, you will enjoy three delicious and typical tapas with your choice of a local red or white wine.
Now that you’ve had a taste of Barcelona’s delectable cuisine, we will continue on towards one of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces: Casa Milà. Now a beloved icon of the city, this building wasn’t always fully appreciated. Its history is full of financial and legal problems along with harsh critique, which we will explain to you as you admire its unique facade.
From there, we will take a peek at the shopfront of the award-winning Queviures Múrria, a gourmet grocery store dating back to the late 1800’s complete with its original mahogany furniture and antique advertisements. A food-lover’s paradise, this shop is the perfect place to get a taste of high-quality and artisanal products.
We will continue on to the Basílica de la Puríssima Concepció, a 14th century Gothic treasure in the heart of L’Eixample. This church has an interesting past, and originally stood in the center of Gothic part of Barcelona city up until the late 19th-century. How did it end up here? Find out on our tour!
To continue your foodie adventure, we will embark on a tasting at a local gourmet shop. Here you will have the opportunity to taste and learn about some of the finest Spanish and Catalan olive oils, cured meats and cheeses. It will be paired with a perfectly balanced regional red or white wine to wash it all down.
From here, we will take a small retreat away from the busy city streets to take in the tranquility of the garden. This beautiful interior courtyard and garden is a nice little escape, and boasts a grand tower right in the middle of it that is sure to impress.
And then it is time for a guest favorite – a photo opportunity in front of the iconic Casa Batlló! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this impressive feat was created by Antoni Gaudí in the late 1800’s. The architecture of this building is like none other in the world, full of imagination and inspired by nature. And just next door, we will admire yet another architectural masterpiece in the neo-Gothic style, the Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
After all of this exploration, it is time to visit our final foodie destination: a charming Catalan restaurant. This local favorite lies along the Rambla de Catalunya and offers a variety of fresh seasonal products along with traditional tapas that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Here we will try a fresh seafood specialty and a surprisingly delicious but simple dish that is beloved by every Catalan household.
On the final portion of our Modernista stroll, we will head back along the Passeig de Gràcia and towards Plaça de Catalunya. This striking square, the busiest in all of Barcelona, is the center of all activity in the city. We will end our tour here, where the old and new city meet. Before departing, our passionate local guides will share recommendations of other Modernista jewels for you to visit for the remainder of your stay, along with other attractions, traditional bars, restaurants and more!
Additionally, if you need any recommendations as to where to continue your fun for the night or even help planning your next few days, the staff here at Eye On Food Tours will be more than happy to share our favorite places to visit.
Finally, thank you for allowing us to show you the “Real Barcelona!”