Food tourism. Yeah, it’s a thing. According to the World Food Travel Association, it’s a $150 billion a year spending kind of thing and incorporates everything from celebrity chef restaurants to food tours and cooking schools. It’s no wonder that cities all over the world are touting their unique food culture. With all that noise, this list should help you cut through the clutter and plan your perfect foodie vacation.
Like Barcelona itself, the cuisine is a beautiful dance of authenticity and artistry. On one end, you have authentic Catalan dishes served in family owned cava bars that date back generations. On the other end, you have the city’s two dozen Michelin starred restaurants. (That’s more than any other city in the world.)
Uniting both in the perfect Sardana is the La Boqueria, which many chefs describe as the best food market in the world. Here, the entire city converges to shop at food stands ranging from Mediterranean fresh seafood to Jamon Iberico to fresh produce. Wash it all down with a glass of cava produced right outside the city limits.