Markets everywhere in the world are a delight for the senses. A visit to a local market is certainly one of my favourite ways of getting acquainted with local customs. One of the most delightful markets I’ve ever visited is the La Boqueria market in downtown Barcelona (map), just off the famous Ramblas boulevard. This market is home to some of the freshest food products in Barcelona and it’s no wonder that many of the city’s top chefs shop here for their ingredients. From the king crab that waved its claw at me to the scowling tuna, and from the gleaming vegetables to the heavenly scent of fresh white truffles, La Boqueria is a true feast for the senses.
The market may initially seem like a gigantic maze but in fact, it’s very well organised into specific sections for seafood, meats, vegetables, fruits, candy, dairy, organic produce, etc.. If you’re visiting Barcelona, I can certainly recommend a leisurely stroll around La Boqueria.
The products are the biggest attraction but pay special attention to the social interaction: the friendly chatter between the sellers and their customers or the connaisseurs (it’s easy to spot the chefs!) and how they choose the freshest products. Stop for a simple yet delicious lunch at one of the tapas bars – Pinotxo and El Quim de la Boqueria come highly recommended. Enjoy typical Catalan specialities and the highly-entertaining banter at the bar. 🙂
A visit to the La Boqueria market is one of the top things to do in Barcelona, especially for first-time visitors. Scroll down to see some of the sights of this fabulous market.
You can also join a tour or a cooking class which includes a walk around La Boqueria Barcelona market: