We are a dream that started in Barcelona (hence the name), but more than a culinary school we are a place where people from all ages and background can come together in their share love of Global cuisine.
Located in the heart of Barcelona, The Paella Club opened its doors in 2017 after founder Alex Betolaza worked diligently for 6 years to bring his idea to life. The Paella Club is a culinary centre for the creation and exchange of food, culture, and communication. Our guests from around the world connect over a shared love of gastronomic tradition, music, history, and culture. Through innovative and fully-immersive culinary experiences, our guests learn the foundations of Spanish cuisine using a completely applied, hands-on learning approach.
Our educational culinary workshops allow our guest to learn how to make authentic Paella, pan tomaquet, and a variety of other traditional Spanish dishes at their own individual cooking stations. Our most popular experiences are our Paella Experiences, but we offer a variety of gastronomic events that are catered around each unique client relationship.
In every experience, we seek to provide our guests with the opportunity to learn about different cultures and Mediterranean terroir while participating in a fully-engaging gastronomic experience.
Where to begin!? This was probably one of my favorite experiences while in Barcelona. Alex and Alex are masters at not only cooking, but reading a room and making sure everyone has a good time. You can’t help but to enjoy yourself (especially once the cava starts flowing). Learning how to make delicious paella is the goal, but you leave with a lot of great memories.
We had the the time of our lives, learning history of paella ingredients and Cava, Catalan culture and how to cook a wonderful Paella dinner. We made new friends and enjoyed a beautiful night. I recommend this experience to anyone spending any time in Barcelona! Your hosts love what they do and it shows throughout in a welcoming and loving time to be enjoyed by couples or those traveling alone. All are made to feel welcome!
I would say - just do it. You will not regret it. This was a classy yet comfortable experience. Alex and crew greeted us with the sound of corks popping out of sparkling local wine. He then explained what was going to happen during this experience, and he included how they only use locally sourced ingredients. Teams of two made different kinds of paellas - we leaned all the tricks for that special taste and texture. At the end the group gathered around a huge table and sampled each other’s paellas and more. Alex’s passion is obvious and contagious. For sure, the highlight of our visit to Barcelona!
La experiencia fue superior a lo esperado realmente Alex se encargó de cada detalle, nada fue como lo imaginaba sin duda cocinar es un arte. Además de aprender a cocinar tu propia paella aprendes lo importante de cada ingrediente y cosas interesantes como por ejemplo como llevar el vino o la cava a la boca. Excelente Gracias por el moment!
I can’t say enough about the location, the atmosphere,and the hosts!! and the overall experience. An absolute must do while visiting Barcelona!
Having an interior design background, I love the industrial feel of the space! Combined with the live music and the warmth of the hosts, we were immediately at ease to start learning how to make a mouth-watering Paella! Wow!
On our company trip this was a real highlight, a fantastically executed class with Alex & Alex, who were both so passionate about what they do and welcoming to our group.
I celebrated my 30th birthday at The Paella Club! Amazing hosts, amazing food, all around top experience! Thank you for a memorable night! - Victoria B., Spain
This place is absolutely a must!! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, fantastic service and excellent food. Best Paella I have ever had. Highly recommended. Will definitely come back next time I visit the City!
This class was the highlight of our trip and the best cooking class I’ve ever taken. Each two person team made their own paella, which was awesome and distinguishes from classes where each person just chips in for one group dish. A very well designed space in a great area of Barcelona. Must do for anyone reading this and visiting the city!
I have taken over a dozen cooking classes in many countries but this one was by far the most fun, relaxing and my favorite. The Paella Club is a beautiful atmosphere and the work stations make you feel like you are on a cooking show!
I had great experience on multiple levels - learned a new dish, met wonderful fellow traveler, learned about Catalonia region sustainable food produce and had a great experience of sharing food with complete strangers in a warm, friendly and lively environment.
My husband’s one request when we booked our trip to Spain was to take a paella cooking class. The class The Paella Club was everything we hoped for and more! They were so accommodating—both with my food allergies and letting us join another class time when our other tour time conflicted. We can’t say enough great things about this experience!