Best Culinary Classes in Barcelona

Barcelona's Most Exciting, Innovative Cooking Experiences and Culinary Classes

What was once renowned for its greasy tapas and sangria has, over the past ten years, become an international hub for foodies and culinary experts. Barcelona is one of the Mediterranean's most fashionable places for avant-garde cuisine and innovation in the kitchen. Thanks to the likes of Ferran-Adria and a host of other talented Catalan chefs, restaurants such as El Bulli, Cinc Sentits, ABac, 41 Degrees and Tickets have been attracting tourists to Barcelona's doors for many years. Whether it's Catalan Cuisine, Basque pinxos (tapas on sticks) or Spanish paella, Barcelona and Spain on a whole have greatly evolved on the gastronomic scene. As a result, Barcelona has a wide range of culinary schools and cooking classes for beginners and experts. Whether you're looking for a one day experience to get your feet wet in the kitchen, or a more intensive course with professional chefs, the city has plenty of high quality classes for those of all ages and all cooking styles and levels. Some of the more popular cooking schools are located in the city center, near the Rambla where the famous Boqueria market is situated. There are others however, that are outside the downtown core thus allowing you to visit more local markets, some that you might not have discovered if you weren't doing a class. 


This small, family-run cooking school is located in one of Barcelona's more authentic neighborhoods. A Punto Cuines Per Cuines is an authentic cooking school, catering company and restaurant run by two young and hip Catalans. David and Tamara are personable, fun and incredibly talented chefs. David used to work in one of Ferran Adria's restaurants in Andalucia and has brought his talent and infectious personality to Barcelona. The two of them are a great team providing market visits to the Gracia food market and then private cooking classes in their state of the art kitchen. It's a fun experience that can last all day as the company is so enjoyable.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A chance to enjoy a very local Catalan cooking experience

Sam's expert tip: If you're looking for a more authentic cooking class and a visit to a less -well known market this is a great option.

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One of Barcelona's most established and well-known cooking schools, Cook & Taste is perfect for small groups of friends, couples or group excursions. Located right near the famous, Boqueria Market on La Rambla, each experience starts with a walking tour around the market, where their chefs give tips on how to choose local products in season. Back at the school, students learn from professional chefs and then eat the food they've prepared. Cook & Taste is a very well run and reputable culinary school in the downtown core of Barcelona. They have a variety of menus and Catalan and Spanish specific dishes and cater to all levels and tastes.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: Cook & Taste is a wonderful culinary school with professional chefs

Sam's expert tip: Be sure to reserve a spot in advance as they book up VERY quickly, especially in summer

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This recently opened Barcelona cooking school specializes in unique hands-on cooking experiences for all levels. With a variety of activities and classes including tapas tours, wine events and cooking classes, this is a centrally located, well-run and innovative cooking school in the downtown core. Classes usually have no more than 12 people and are taught by professional chefs. There is also wifi in the kitchens, so clients can take pictures and video during the process and upload to their social media accounts. The menu usually consists of four courses including a main tapas to start, a main dish, usually paella and dessert. The food is also paired with delicious Spanish wines.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A new and innovative culinary school in downtown Barcelona

Sam's expert tip: Try their pumpkin soup with pears

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Run and owned by an native Australian who's been living in Barcelona for more than 10 years, Boca a Boca is a hands on cooking experience where you get to cook in a Spanish home. Classes are taught in English or Spanish and sizes are kept small catering to all levels. Sophie, the owner, emphasizes Catalan and Spanish cuisine but also on South East Asian dishes. Her Barcelona kitchen is a Luxury holiday apartment Bougainvillea and ideal for spending 3-4 hours learning the unique Spanish and international recipes. Groups have no more than 6 people to keep it intimate. The experience also includes a trip to the local Boqueria market right off La Rambla.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A personalized cooking experience in the heart of the city

Sam's expert tip: You can customize your menu so feel free to cater it specifically to your interests

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bcnKITCHEN is ideally situated right near the Born market of Santa Catarina. This is slightly off the beaten path from the usual Boqueria Market and is a great way to experience another Barcelona food market and learn about the city's delicious foods and ingredients with a professional expert. bcnKitchen has cooking classes, workshops and tastings for groups and private parties. It's also an idea place for parties, celebrations and product launches. Their cooking classes usually begin around 11am and take about 4 hours which includes the trip to the local market. Some of the tours also include a short stroll around the trendy Born neighborhood.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A very experienced cooking school that also caters to corporate companies.

Sam's expert tip: Try their tapas workshop as well.

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For those looking for an economical, fun, group experience, Travel Bound offers one of a kind cooking classes. They'll teach you about the history and culture of Spanish cuisine, while helping you to prepare your own meal. The focus is on a traditional Spanish menu including tapas, paella, sangria and a host of other authentic Spanish and Catalan dishes. The public classes start at 6pm daily and prices start at 32 Euros/person for all the Sangria you can drink a knowledgable chef and your food. If you'd prefer a private class, it's 35 Euros/person and needs a minimum of eight people.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: An affordable and fun cooking option in the city center

Sam's expert tip: Ask to try their squid tapa even if it's not on the menu that day

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Created in 1999 by a group of Spanish professionals who shared a passion for culture and cuisine, A Taste of Barcelona, has grown to include offices all over the country. What started as the first boutique company of its kind, specializing in the organization of innovative and exclusively designed culinary tours and services in Spain, is much larger today although it still maintains its personalized and charming style. Not only are there classes offered for various types of cuisine, but they also have vegan cooking classes which are often hard to find in Barcelona. Some of the half-day cooking classes include a guided visit to a local food market for seasonal products. After the visit you'll go back to their fully equipped kitchen to prepare and eat your meal.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A professional and very experience company with vegan classes

Sam's expert tip: Check out their Basque cooking and Costa Brava cooking schools as well

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Outside the city

Catacurian is a privately owned boutique cooking hotel in the Priorat region, one of the best and most exclusive wine regions in Spain. They provide culinary vacations where they teach Catalan cuisine as well as a more extensive knowledge of the delicious Montsant and Priorat wines. Only two hours outside of Barcelona, if you're looking for a different type of culinary experience, one that includes the heart of the wine country in Spain as well as delicious Spanish and Catalan food, then this is a great option. Catacurian can set up a single day excursion or several days of cooking and drinking in their private hotel. They use fresh and organic ingredients from local farmers and producers and serve DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant wines. They also provide transport to and from Barcelona.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: An authentic and exclusive out of the city wine tasting and culinary experience

Sam's expert tip: The hotel only holds a maximum of 6 people.

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Fabulous cooking classes by a professional nutritionist and vegan cook. Pabulum focuses on fresh, organic, local and in season foods, providing private and group cooking classes in a modern, trendy loft in the Gothic Quarter. Classes are run by a native American with a passion for food and not only are incredibly fun and informative, but focus on creating pretty, elegant dishes that are sure to impress vegans and non-vegans alike. Cocktails and an amuse-bouche accompanies the classes.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: A wonderful, local activity with a focus on healthy, creative food

Sam's expert tip: Be sure to schedule in advance as spaces are limited

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Barcelona Slow Travel
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Barcelona Slow Travel is one of the city's most unique tourism companies as it's all about sustainability. Founded and run by two young and dynamic locals, they focus on creating authentic and real experiences by connecting travellers to locals in every community. Each of their tours and experiences embodies their philosophy of respecting the local community, promoting family-run businesses, keeping culture and traditions alive and and helping to preserve the environment. This is truly a company that 'walks the talk' and practices what it believes in. They provide the ideal experiences for people who truly care about connecting with, learning from and supporting the local culture that they're visiting.

Recommended for Culinary Classes because: One of the only companies that caters to sustainable tourism and culinary experiences

Local Expert tip: Their classes book up quickly so definitely reserve in advance

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