Tour Locations | A Culinary Tour of El Born

  • LOCATION 1 | A Culinary Tour of El Born

    Start - Casa Perris

    Hello and Welcome.

    You should be standing outside of the small shop Casa Perris, with its brown awning, in front of the entrance to an underground parking.

    My name is Suzy. Today I'll be showing you some of my favourite spots. Some we will be stopping at and others I'll mention as we walk by. If any of them grab your fancy, you can stop the tour at any time, and resume it when you're done by tapping Start, then resume from the closest location. You can also pause the tour, if you're just popping in for a moment.

    We'll be spending a few moments here outside Casa Perris before we get going.

    Barcelona is often associated with pork products and fish, but pulses and beans are an integral part of the Catalan diet, particularly amongst the older generation. They feature a lot in home cooking. In restaurants, you will see traditional dishes such as botifarra sausages with beans. There are dedicated shops in the various markets around the cities which sell par cooked pulses but the cheapest way to buy them is from a bulk wholesaler like Casa Perris.

    Casa Perris sells more than beans, nuts, dry fruits, flours, and grains. The range of products they stock and the fact that you can buy as little as 100g or as much as 5 kilograms or more of your chosen ingredient means this shop is one of the busiest food shops of El Born. The best time to come is in the morning. Make sure to take a ticket from the front and check the screen to see when it's your turn. Mind the local grannies and their trollies!

    Notice the owl in the front by the antique scale? It's not real, just an attempt to dissuade local pigeons from pinching the sample almonds.

    Feel free to pause the tour and pop inside. Otherwise, let's get going!


    Turn so Casa Perris is on your right and start walking towards the other side of this square.

    While you walk, I'll briefly explain how VoiceMap works.

    It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.

    Have a look to your left at the long building.

    That was once Barcelona's main market, today it's a cultural center. The building was constructed in 1873 by Antoni Rovira i Trias. He also designed the market in Sant Antoni, another famous market in the city. The El Born opened to the public in 1878 and functioned as the city's main wholesale fruit and vegetable market until its closure in 1971 when it was moved outside the city to Mercabarna.

    Continue towards the other side of the square. We're making our way to a little shop called La Ribera. It's just in front of the entrance to an underground parking, similar to the one in front of Casa Perris.

    You'll hear from me once you reach La Ribera.

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