Hey guys, it’s James and Lauren here from Devour Tours! We’ve got something special today. Tell us about it, Lauren. So yeah, we’re here in the Born neighborhood, one of Barcelona’s most beautiful central neighborhoods and we’re going to do a little food tour of some of our favorite family-run shops, restaurants, bodegas, and some of the places we actually go on our food tours here in Barcelona. We’re here on the Passeig del Born, this beautiful little boulevard, tree-lined, in the middle of the neighborhood This has a wonderful, fascinating medieval history. They used to do jousting through here and it’s a real focal point and it’s a great place to start our little route. So let’s get going! We’re here at one of our favorite corners in the Born district called Hofmann Pastry Shop. This is a pastry shop owned by a famous culinary school. And so all of the pastry chefs who are practicing their arts there, will come here and make absolutely delicious pastries,
especially the croissants! Wow, incredible. You can smell the croissants, and look at that mascarpone inside! All right let’s see how it is. Oh my god. It’s flaky, covered in a sweet glaze, a little bit of cinnamon, and stuffed with fresh mascarpone cheese. There’s nothing better. A must-stop in the Born neighborhood. Here we are at our next stop, the Santa Caterina Market, and we’re going to try some of the best cured meats and cheeses that we have in Barcelona. Come on! Here we are in Carlos and Montse’s deli, and they have this incredible range of cheeses and cured meats. What we’ve got here is a goat cheese, we’ve got a sheep’s milk cheese, a little more cured, we’ve got some llonganissa, which is a local cured sausage, we’ve also got botifarra, an egg botifarra, which is again another local sausage that I love, and what have we got here? We’ve got like a salami, a local— Yeah, covered with black pepper and it kind of infuses it with a really peppery, spicy taste, and yeah, so we’re going to dig in here and highlight Catalunya’s famous cheeses and its cured meats! Yeah, markets are fantastic places to come and buy these things, because they’re more expensive in tapas bars. So if you buy them here, then you can have a a picnic and enjoy them wherever you want. Well, one of the beautiful things about eating in a place like the Born is this is a true neighborhood and you get to know guys like this, like José. Third generation wine shop owner. Here we are in Bodegas Maestrazgo. And what a bodega is, is a place, a traditional place, to go buy wine in Barcelona, in Catalunya, and also eat a little bit. And so here, what José is going to do he’s going to serve us wine straight from the barrel. So here in Barcelona, many people will still bring their empty bottles, like a water bottle, to José’s shop and they’ll fill it with the wine of their choice. It’s a great way to have a table wine for dinner, and it’s really good! It’s really, really good. These places are special. I love hanging out in them. Hey, so a little cultural stop here on the gastronomic tour. We’re in the Born Cultural Center, which is actually a nineteenth-century market. A beautiful market that was going to be turned into a library, and in the early 2000s they started renovating it and they found underneath the most incredible thing: remains of the 18th century city streets. It’s mind-boggling and now you can come in and take a look. It’s like stepping back into the past! I love this place! Here we are at Casa Gispert, which is one of the best gourmet shops in town. This is a “colmado,” which literally means “full of things.” It’s also known as an “ultramarino,” which meant “things that came from over the seas.” So this was founded in 1851 and has been bringing products to this part of Barcelona ever since. Let’s take a look! I have something secret in the back. We’ll show it to you. So walking into Casa Gispert is like walking into another world, another time. The smell is of roasted nuts, of coffee and all the wonderful things they have here. I just love this place. And down the back, something I want to show you as well, is they have this old toasting oven for toasting their nuts, which they still do in the traditional way. It’s wood-fired. It’s incredible. Let’s check it out. So we’re here at the original wood-fired oven. This has been here for 167 years and it’s the only one left in the world, or so they say, and we’re going to try some of their roasted nuts, which were just toasted today, and they look delicious. They’re still slightly warm. All the wood—the firewood is behind us—they used to roast this And it’s a wonderful, delicate, smoky flavor, these toasted almonds. We’re here at the last stop of the day, Bodega la Puntal. This is one of our favorite tapas bars in the Born neighborhood and we come here on our Tapas & Wine Tour. And I decided to have a glass of cava. This is something you can have any time of day, from morning to evening, before a meal, after the meal. James? I’m having a little vermouth here which is very typical to have before lunch here in Catalunya. I’m addicted to vermouth. Here we have some tapas. I’ve got some patatas bravas. These are beautifully spicy. I love them spicy and they make them really well here. What’s this? This is the croquette. Iberian ham croquette. It’s a really creamy and delicious little bite that’s typical in tapas bars, but not all of them do it well. Here at Bodega Puntual, we have one of the best ones in town. So yeah, we’re going to keep eating today, but we’re going to leave you here, and thanks for joining us! If you liked this, video give it a like, a thumbs up. Subscribe to our channel. And if you find yourself in Barcelona and you’re hungry, we’d love to have you on a food tour. So we hope to see you here! Salud! Salud! Hasta luego, ciao! Don’t just visit Spain, Devour it!