– Hey guys you’re coming to Barcelona and you wanna eat well, I get it. Well this city can be a
pretty tough place to eat well and there’s a lot of tourist traps. But, and there’s a but, there
are a lot of amazing places to eat in as well, you just
have to know how to find them, and that’s what today is all about. Today Yoly behind the camera and I, we’re taking you on a 10 stop
epic food tour of Barcelona. We’re gonna be hitting
tapas bars, sweets, markets, restaurants, we’re gonna be drinking cava, vermouth, wine, the whole gamut. So are you ready? Let’s do it. (speaks in foreign language) Let’s go. (slow hip hop music) Hey guys, I’m James Blick and
welcome to Spain Revealed. This channel’s all about
helping you explore Spain like a local and when
kicking off this 10 stop eating extravaganza right
here in the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood in Barcelona
that’s really hard to eat well, there’s so many tourist traps here And so we’ve turned down
this little narrow street that’s off one of the main tourist drags, Carrer de Petritxol. And this place has been famous for it’s chocolate shop
since the 17th century. So we’re gonna start with the
typical breakfast of champions here in Barcelona, a huge chocolate bomb. Let’s go. So here we are in Granja Dulcinea, this place has been open
since 1941 as a granja and before that it was
a bodega or a wine shop. And so what does granja mean? Because it’s something you’re
see throughout Barcelona and granja means farm. And what happened is that
back in the old days, these places used to provide
a lot of the milk products to the people who lived here in Barcelona. And they would actually
have cows in the back. And so now a lot of these
places survive as places for coffee, for chocolate, for sweets, and of course that means
breakfast in Spain. And there is one thing you have to try when you’re in Barcelona,
especially if you have a sweet tooth and a way to
start and that is a suizo. So here it is the suizo. This is, just you only see them
in Barcelona and Catalonia, it’s chocolate, melted
chocolate like you’ll get in other parts of Spain, that with this massive dollop of whipped cream on top. And then you need to ask for
it with a melindro or churro and that’s what you’re
gonna dunk in there. The cool cream, the warm chocolate, this is the way to start the day. Insane. So when you’re eating this make sure that you’re really mix that
chocolate in so you get it all. Sometimes the gooier
bits sink to the bottom, so you wanna mix it up and. Perfect start to the day. Yoly I need a glass of wine now. Chocolate down, cream
down, cava coming up. Let’s hit the market. (hip hop music) So here we are in the
Santa Caterina Market right in the center of Barcelona,
in the Born neighborhood, and this is one of my favorite markets, or kind of favorite market
to visit here in Barcelona because it’s a true
functioning traditional neighborhood market, and
it’s still right here in the center, and it’s a
real place to get a sense of how these markets work
in the city and in Spain. We come here and have Tastes and Traditions
of Barcelona Food Tour. And I wanna take you to two of
the wonderful vendors that we visit on that tour, Bar Joan
and Antonio Iberics, let’s go. Okay stop number two it’s alcohol time. I feel like sometimes I’m alcoholic that I’m drinking really
early, but this is typical. Everybody along this bar almost is drinking a beer or a glass of wine. And we’re at Bar Joan which is a bar has been here for 25 years. Joan’s actually not here
right now, but his family are. A lot of the people who work here are family members they say. Here’s Oscar who’s actually
not a family member. (bell) But he calls himself an
adopted family member, so it’s a family run business, it’s integral to the
neighborhood, to the market here, and I love this place. Salute to Barcelona, salute
to you guys, let’s dig in. Yoly you’ve got your glass there. – Morning, salute. (speaks in foreign language) Hey so just one thing,
behind me you can see those two people drinking beer, I love it. And what I love about it
is they don’t look like the kind of people who’d be drinking beer at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, but there you go. That’s the beauty of this culture. Okay so I have my food here. And you might be thinking hang on James you’re eating an English breakfast. Well, I said to Oscar, you
know I want something strong, I want something you
know, something rustic. And he said what about sausages, fried egg, and a fried pepper? And I’m like let’s do it. So (speaks in foreign language) This is a country that
knows how to fry an egg. Fantastic local sausages
that have this bit of pork and have this wonderful kind
of pepper flavor to them. And then the fried green pepper, so yummy. – Very good. Just what I needed. – [James] I know right? – 10 a.m. in the morning. (speaks in foreign language) Okay so next stop in the
market is Iberics Antonio. Antonio is here, he’s been
here for 30 years serving ham, cured meats, the whole
gamut, and I’ve got here a few little bits and pieces
that he’s put together. We’ve got a ham of course, we got (speaks in
foreign language) normal, (speaks in foreign language)
from the black hoof pig, but also two Catalan
meats that I really wanted to show you guys, longaniza and fuet. So these are meats that
are just pork sausages, they’re really simple,
and they’re so delicious, especially with wine. Fuet is literally pork and
a little bit of pepper, and no other spices. And longaniza is similar this one has black pepper around the outside. It’s so, it’s addictive right Yoly? – [Yoly] Yeah it’s so yummy. – And fuet actually means whip ’cause you’ll see they’re
nice and long so (whip). Like literally what you
will whip people with. I mean you don’t whip people
with fuet, that would be weird. That would be a fetish. Of fetishes. (laughing) So one thing I love about the
market is it’s a great place to try these foods like
cured meats, cheese, and things like that, that
normally would be quite expensive to order in a tapas bar. So you can come here, you can
do a little tasting maybe. Next stop, so there’s one
dish I wanted to try here in the market to show you
guys ’cause it’s something you’ll see on a lot of
menus here in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia, and I love it. And I don’t know if it’s gonna be served at any other places we’re going to. So there’s a place here in the market that does it and it’s escalivada. Escalivada is effectively roasted red and green pepper and onion. It’s a really traditional dish. Historically and traditionally
from the rural areas. And you roast the peppers,
you roast the onion, and then you peel off the skin and then you let it cool
and get to room temperature. It’s quite a popular dish in summer and it is a wonderful
way to eat vegetables. So good, I love it when those
peppers have that sweetness but little bit of bitterness
still, and the roast onion. Yum, we’re taking this
home for dinner Yoly. Okay we’ve left the Santa
Caterina Market and now we’re going deeper into the Born,
this neighborhood that I love. Beautiful winding streets,
wonderful places to eat, and so much fascinating history, it’s also known as (speaks
in foreign language) which means the seashore because literally 500 or so years ago, the
seashore was a five minute walk that way, it’s now a 20 minute
walk that way to Barceloneta. But what happened is that lot of land has been reclaimed over the years. Well this neighborhood
became wealthy back in the 13th to 15th century when
a lot of wealthy merchants lived here and built their
palaces here with all the money they’ve made trading
through the mediterranean. So you’ll see these
wonderful old buildings, it just has such a great
atmosphere, I love it. And we’re gonna go to
three different places now in the neighborhood and check out some amazing historic shops and
eat some fantastic food. Let’s go. This place, Casa Gispert, founded in 1851. Just touching it’s like, it still looks like it’s 1851 in there. And this place is called a
(speaks in foreign language) and if you went to the market back then for your fresh goods,
this is where you came to get your spices,
your coffee, your nuts, your chocolate, all
those different things. And it was actually in the
same family till about 1995 and I read that the
last sort of descendant who was running it decided to become a nun and it was bought by another
family and they run it today and they’ve really kept the
integrity of this place. And let’s go in and check it out. Okay so I’ve ordered a
selection of a few things to try that are really typical from this place and really really delicious to show you what you should order, you
should buy when you come here. But walking in here, it’s
like a time machine this shop. The smell, the light it’s just magical. So I’ve selected a few things that I think are indicative of Casa Gispert. And if you’re coming here and
you wanna grab some snacks when you’re exploring the city, it’s a great place to pick them up. So we’ve got macadamia nuts,
which are oh my god delicious. We’ve got the almond that
they roast themselves, they actually have their own oven. And the almond skin on has this beautiful kinda smokey flavor to them. Okay and this one what they’ve got is an almond covered in chocolate. It’s like beautiful milk chocolate with a dusting over the top. And then they do this
guy which is a called a (speaks in foreign language)
which is unique to here. And it’s (speaks in foreign language) means (mumbles) in Catalan. And it’s a macadamia nut covered in white chocolate and then
covered in dark chocolate. See if I can bite it
so you can see inside. Oh my god it’s so good. The dark chocolate on the
outside, the white chocolate, the macadamia, the
sweetness of the macadamia. This is like the perfect snack when you’re exploring Barcelona. Okay let’s keep eating. There’s something else
really sweet, super sweet, that we need to try and you need to try while you’re in Barcelona, let’s go. So guys this place is called
Hofmann and it’s a pastry shop, it’s a cooking school, it’s a whole bunch of different things. Started in the 80’s by a woman who, as the daughter of a Catalan
and a German, so a real mix, hence the name, Hofmann,
doesn’t sound super Catalan. And now as well as being
a famous cooking school, they also have this
little pastry shop here where they make the most
incredible pastries including their signature croissant
that has mascarpone inside. For me it’s the best, but
they have a whole bunch of other ones as well as the
typical classic butter one, but this one is pure evil in a croissant. It is just insane. I’m gonna break it open
for the camera here. – [Yoly] It is pure. – You would not be surprised to know that on our Taste and Traditions
Food Tour this is often people’s favorite taste out
of all the things they eat. I mean look at that
gooey creamy mascarpone and then on the outside
there’s the flaky croissant and then there’s this sort
of glaze over the top. It’s really sweet on the
outside with that glaze, but the inside has a slight
kind of bitterness to it. I’m floating in heaven baby right now. Weak at the knees. I wanna see what it looks
like when you eat it. I think we all do. – Oh wow. – [James] Isn’t it good? – Confirmed, yeah. – [James] Confirmed. – Best croissant ever. – So when you’re in Spain
there’s a sweet that we eat at Christmas but you can try
it any point in the year. You’ll get them in different
parts of the country, but they’re made in Alicante,
and it’s called turron. And it’s kinda like nougat a
little bit, but it much better. And there’s this place here in Barcelona, this is our next stop,
it’s called La Campana, and they have been making it since 1890. And it had this shop open since 1920. And since 1890 this business
is still in the same family. So let’s go inside. (speaks in foreign language) Here we have (speaks in foreign language) they’re the two sisters
that run this shop, they’re the fourth generation
making this amazing turron that we’re gonna try now and
gonna tell you guys all about. And we’re also gonna try a really special drink here so
(speaks in foreign language). And so what is turron? This thing we eat at Christmas and it’s so delicious and
well, kind of good for you because it gives you a lot of energy. It’s basically some
really simple ingredients, it’s egg, honey, sugar, and nuts. Mixed together, toasted, and what you get is you get one of the common
ones is this hard turron that is really really hard and delicious and you break it off. And then there’s the softer stuff that has more ground-up almonds
in it and tastes almost like peanut butter and has
that kind of consistency. I’ve got this plate here with some to try. I’m not gonna get too
crazy Yoly, don’t worry. So the hard stuff. I really like the hard stuff. You can taste the honey,
the nuts, the almonds, oh man really really good. I like the hard stuff,
then my guilty pleasure is the soft stuff, the peanut buttery. And so they have this other one which is caramelized egg yolk. Okay and there’s another
thing you need to try in Spain when you come here,
particularly if it’s summer, and that’s horchata. Now if you’re from the states you might think horchata
is rice milk because I think that’s what horchata
from Mexico is made of. But here in Spain it’s
made from tiger nuts. As my brother often says poor tigers. But no, tiger nuts are actually
(mumbles) that are dug up. It’s something that was
brought to Spain by the Moors, the cultivation of this,
and then it’s ground up, these (mumbles), then
mixed with water and sugar to create this incredibly
refreshing drink that literally for me, the first horchata
of summer is like a ritual. It is so thirst quenching, maybe even more thirst
quenching than water, seriously. It’s so good. (speaks in foreign language) Okay we’re now leaving the Born
and we’re crossing over the (speaks in foreign language)
into the Gothic Quarter, that famous historic
beautiful, somber, gloomy, magical neighborhood here in Barcelona. It’s a really hard place to eat well. There’s a lot of tourists that go there and there’s a lot of tourist traps. There’s a couple of places
that I wanna take you where you can eat well
and the food is fantastic, so let’s head there. So here we are in La Pineda, this tiny little gourmet
charcuterie shop, wine shop here in the Gothic
Quarter that, literally, if you don’t know where it
is, you’re not looking for it, you’ll walk right past it, surrounded by all these
kind of horrible shops. And here it’s been run
as a charcuterie shop since 1910 and 1930 in the same family. You can see up behind
me all the hanging ham. I love these kind of places. And so we’re here for aperitif, that most magical hour of the
day, it’s about sort of 1 p.m. And this is where we’re
gonna have vermouth to open your appetite and
obviously is a great place to eat and it’s just wonderful. So vermouth is coming, we’ve
ordered some delicious stuff. All right let’s do it. Beautiful little vermouth
here, nice and long glass, it’s got its little slice of
orange in there, it’s olive. So cheers Yoly, you’re backlit so we can’t
see you, very mysterious. – Mysterious Yoly. – [James] Okay so what have
we got here in front of us? We’ve got these potato chips. Now you might be thinking
potato chips, are you nuts? But literally you can order a bag of potato chips in these
places and they’re so good. And what you have to order with it is this guy, Salsa Espinaler. This is a Catalan sauce
that’s like kind of a red pepper sauce, it’s
just so yummy, vinegary, and it’s often you’ll
put it on canned seafood, but also on potato chips, you can see that color
on there and it just. Delicious selection of cheeses
and also fried almonds. Oh my good it looks good. And then for the brave, for the
brave the A word, anchovies. Beautiful canned anchovies cured in salt and then just on their
own, couple of olives, aperitif time. (laughing) I’m obviously getting full, I can’t get the almond in my mouth, my body’s starting to reject food. This is like a goat cheese. Creamy. And this cheese has been cured
in wine, hence the color. Oh my god so good. These are soft, smooth, and
I’m sure they’re healthy, I mean they’ve gotta be. Also a little extra that we get here ’cause we’re friends of
the house is that we get to film upstairs where
all the hams are hanging. Let’s go. They told us we have to be
very careful though, Yoly. This is Santi, everybody,
who runs La Pineda. So one of the things about these
old shops here in Barcelona is that the families
used to live above them, so this space right here was
the family home and it’s tiny. And they would little space out there looking over the shop and
everything happening here. Sleeping together, eating together, I mean it’s crazy to think about it. Now they use it for ham storage. Yoly if you go through there you can see all the hams
hanging from the hooks. It’s incredible. Okay we’ve have our
aperitif, vermouth down, next we’re gonna go to another
really historic place here. Tucked away in the hidden
in the Gothic neighborhood, place you’ll never find
on your own probably. And we’re gonna have a
really delicious tapa and a glass of wine, let’s go. Now it is time for tapas proper. And when I’m talking tapas
proper, I’m talking (mumbles). And so this place, Bodega La Palma, is a classic in the Gothic Quarter. It’s really held onto its essence, that’s what I love about it,
and the food is fantastic. And this place actually
included in the tapas video I did here in Barcelona,
but on that occasion I came here for dessert. This time we’re here because
they do some of the best bravas I think in the city,
Barcelona style bravas. And when you see that word
bodega here in Barcelona, you know it’s talking about a place that was once or still is a wine shop. And so you can see all these
big old barrels behind me. So this place opened in 1935, one year before the Spanish
Civil War broke out. And back then it sold wine, ice, I believe olive oil, soap,
and things like that. And it was run by this anarchist woman and often the people who came
here, many of them artists, including Picasso, could not pay, they didn’t have any money, and so they would pay by
painting art on the walls. And these places now,
obviously it’s a restaurant, but you can see up behind me,
you can see this sort of room up there and that’s where
the family would’ve lived back when this was a shop
selling wine and I just love it. I love sitting in these places with the beautiful
Gothic Quarter out there. So how they do the
bravas here in Barcelona is with bravas sauce,
little spicy pepper sauce, but also with alioli mixed together, and I love the combination. Here they do the potatoes
perfectly, skin on, and just the creamy garlicky alioli and the beautiful bravas
sauce, it’s really really good. Smokey, the paprika really
smokey, and the creamy alioli. When you’re wandering around
checking out the history of this area, check out
Bodega La Palma definitely. So one thing you can see
here, you know how I told you that the former owner 100 years ago, that often artists paid
for their wine in painting. Well here you can see one of the remaining
paintings on the wall. They literally painted on the wall. And you can actually kind of almost see the influences of cubism in the painting that reflects the time
of when it was painted. Starting to crack a little bit. It’s amazing that it’s still
here, it’s the only one left. Very very cool, food and history. Let’s keep going, I’m hungry. Okay we’re crossing the road. We have left the Gothic,
the sun is now on our faces. We’ve left the dark,
gloomy, narrow streets of the Gothic and now we head to the sun. – And the traffic light is. – And now we’re going out
to where the sun shines, we’re heading toward Barceloneta. And that is a wonderful
neighborhood but on route we have this little stop
first, so let’s check that out. (hip hop guitar music) So guys this place, Can Paixano, or (speaks in foreign language) is famous. It opened 1969. For Barcelona what this place is all about standing up and it gets
really busy, it gets heaving. Right now it’s actually pretty quiet. Sometimes you’re literally
like this and you can’t move. And what is kinda cool about this place, it’s super rustic food,
everything’s on the grill, look at my butifarra. Butifarra is a fantastic
Catalan sausage with onion. Real simple food, I don’t
know how much was this? Three euros. And another one pork loin with cheese. So the bread just grilled
pork loin and cheese. And then what they’re also famous for is their really cheap cava served
in these wonderful glasses. You can get it pink or
you can get it normal. It’s like red pill, blue pill. So flavorful oh my god. Crazy simple food, some
might say hangover food. Only about three euros for this guy. I wanna know from Yoly what her favorite wine
is as a super taster. – Let’s see. Good, yeah I mean it’s great, sweet. This is even kind of fruitier,
so I will go for this one. Get the white ones, yummy. – If you’re in Barcelona
and you have a big night and you’re hungover, you
should come to this place. This is a breakfast of champions. All right next stop is this really famous, really tiny tapas bar in the
Barceloneta neighborhood. I wanna show you what
this neighborhood is like and tell you a little bit
about it as we walk there. Let’s go. So welcome to the
Barceloneta neighborhood. These straight streets all perpendicular, kinda like New York, are
very different from the Born, the Gothic, those medieval
winding dark streets. And so remember when I
said that the seashore used to come up to where the Born was? Well we would be out to sea
back then, 500 years ago. But what happened is as the sea slowly, as the land was slowly reclaimed, and as the Born really
just got packed with people inside the medieval walls,
well in the 18th century, they had to put the people somewhere. So they built this neighborhood right out on this peninsula
of kind of reclaimed land. First bricks were laid in 1753, there were single story dwellings, and over the years they’ve built up and it’s been originally a
fisherman’s neighborhood, then industry, and now
it’s famous for its seafood and this great restaurants here. So we’re gonna head for two of them. First we’re going to a
famous place for tapas and then we’re going
for the famous fideua. So guys this place is really
special, La Cova Fumada, there’s no sign above the door. It opened in 1944 and it’s an institution
here in La Barceloneta. It used to be the place where fishermen and people from the
neighborhood would come and cook their own dishes and drink wine. And now it’s converted into a
place where they cook the food here they can eat, it’s
rustic, it’s full of locals, it’s loud, so let’s go
into La Cova Fumada. Let’s check it out. So the dishes are done, they come out, the first one I’ve got
here is the famous bomba, a dish that is famous
here at La Cova Fumada, and potentially invented here. Supposedly it represents a bomb because it’s a fried ball of meat and potato with alioli and spicy bravas sauce on top. Look at this guy. This is fried calamari. Just (speaks in foreign
language) with some garlic and parsley on
top, I mean unbelievable. And also we have sardines. So grilled sardines, again,
parsley and garlic on top. Just look at it, it just
looks it’s just so fresh, it looks amazing. This is the kind of place I love. It’s so yummy, it’s the bomb, spicy as well, it’s a hit coming on. This is comfort food man. This is a dream, this
is how I love seafood just pure, fresh, lightly grilled. You must come to this place. Wow it just tastes like a beach holiday. – Cooked to perfection. Flavor’s so fresh, I mean, the lady’s there cutting
everything that has just arrived from the sea I guess, and
yeah unbelievable, so good. Sorry this is really piggy but it’s the only way I could go about it. It’s beautiful. Again so very fresh, wow. – One really important
thing though to keep in mind for La Cova Fumada is to get there early. It opens at 9 a.m.,
kitchen’s open at 9 a.m., closes at 3 p.m., although it does open a bit later on the weekends I believe. But you wanna get there early because that’s when it seems a
lot of the locals are, before it does a lot of tourists arrive, and that’s when the queues start. So get there and have
lunch, have an 11 a.m. lunch and just drink cheap wine, eat seafood, it’s a magical place. This is the reason you travel. All right one more stop and
it’s more seafood, let’s do it. Okay guys last stop Can Ramonet. This place is famous for its seafood, its paellas and its fideua,
which is what we’re gonna try. And this building was the
first building to be built here in La Barceloneta in 1753,
which is pretty incredible. It’s been a bodega, then a
restaurant for about 60 years, it’s in the fourth generation this place. Let’s check it out, I love it in here. So this place Can Ramonet, can meaning house (speaks
in foreign language), can is house in Catalan, has been in the same
family for four generations and they do fantastic
seafood here and rice dishes. We actually come here on our
Tastes and Traditions Tour for paella at the end of the tour, but we’re gonna do a little twist today, we’re not getting paella,
we’re gonna get a fideua, which is paella’s pasta cousin. So this is a dish where you’re gonna see, which is base of seafood,
but instead of having rice it had little fideos,
which are little noodles that you’ll see in dishes
down the east coast of Spain. So if you’re having lunch in Barcelona and you’re at a bit of a rustic place, then there’s one way that
you need to drink wine. And that is from a porron. And how do you drink it? Like this. The key is the flick at the end. And I always get it wrong and
I always dribble it on myself. but Yoly you’re up.
– [Yoly] You did good. My turn? I think I might be hopeless
with this, let’s see. Okay yeah. That’s pretty good. (speaks in foreign language) – [James] Smells incredible. – [Waiter] So enjoy it. – Thank you very much. So what I love about the fideua is that it’s just different from paella, it’s got it’s own unique
texture and flavor and I think it’s really
great to try something a little bit different and the fact that it’s always seafood, and it’s
originally a seafood dish. Oh yeah, really rich (mumbles). So the fish stock that they
use they cook the fideos and gives them so much
flavor and it’s very intense seafood flavor and then the alioli. I know you’re very full but go on. – You know sometimes I’m just
going to say this softly, but sometimes I prefer fideua to paella. (talking over each other) I mean but why compare though? They’re different dishes,
you know, so I love this one. – [James] Well you just compared them. – I know, silly me. (laughing) Perfect combination the
alioli with the fideua. Yoly alioli. – Someone called Yoly, Yoly
alioli in the comments. Actually Yoly gets a lotta
names in the comments, often because people
don’t know Yoly as a name. And so there’s Yola, Yoly alioli, – [Yoly] Yos,
– Yos, – [Yoly] Yol,
– Yol, – [Yoly] Yolandi,
– Yolandi, – [Yoly] Yolander.
– Yolander. We had Yolander? – [Yolo] Yolander yes. – The Yolander, I like that. – [Yoly] The Yolander Meister.
– The Yolander Meister. I like Yoly alioli. – [Yoly] Yeah that’s my favorite. (singing in foreign language) – Guys, huddle up. Okay you’re coming to Barcelona, you don’t know where to eat, there’s a lot of tourist
traps in the city. Let me tell you the first time I came here it was really really complicated and I fell into a whole bunch
of kind of crappy places. So these 10 places are
fantastic if you’re coming, you wanna discover more,
check out the playlist below which has more videos
of great places to eat. And we’ll see you in the next video and we’ll see you in Barcelona.