La Boqueria market

La Boqueria

Beyond any doubt, the Boqueria is Barcelona’s foodie paradise: this is the most well-known and impressive market of the city. It’s easier to name something that you can’t find at the market than to enumerate everything it offers: suffice to say that there are more than 20,000 different goods, which amaze the visitors with marvelous tastes, smells and colors. Both local products and imported goods can be bought at the market. Here the famous excellent quality jamon literary melts in your mouth, and the number of different kinds of cheese is just astounding (it is a must to have a bit of Manchego or Idiazabal). But at the Boqueria there’s always more: the seafood is always freshly caught, bright exotic fruit are ready to be tasted, especially taking into account that they are conveniently sliced and packed (so you can deal with them right on the spot), not to mention an incredible assortment of vegetables, meat, sausages, sweets and desserts, dairy products, nuts and game. On the right side of the market where the local farmers’ stands are located you can buy fresh seasonal products. Wines section will also be on your right.

It’s not only the tastes that draw crowds to the market, but also the history – the Boqueria is the city’s most ancient market the first mentioning of which dates back to the year of 1217. The present day look of the market originated in the second half of the 19th century, while the recognizable roof was added later in 1914. The second name of the market, Mercat de Sant Josep (Saint Joseph's market), originated from a convent of Sant Josep that once stood on the site but was demolished. Many of the sellers are members of families that have been doing their business at the market for generations – they proudly demonstrate their goods smiling to the tourists. Maybe this is another interesting thing that will make you ramble along the numerous lines trying the delicacies and absorbing a part of the city history.

We advise you to have a seafood snack or to order Tapas del Dia (tapas of the day) with a traditional glass of wine at one of the tiny restaurants located along the galleries of the market’s perimeter, or at the bar counter at the center of the Boqueria. During lunch time it might be complicated to get to such bars as El Quim de la Boqueria, but it is worth it. The chefs standing behind the counter are experts. A scheme with the exact location of the counters (with photos and opening hours) can be found on the market’s website. You can also subscribe to a master class at a culinary school to find out the secrets of the local recepies.

Address: La Rambla, 91
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8 am – 8.30 pm, сlosed on Sundays
How to reach: metro Liceu
Coordinates: 41.381768, 2.171776