La Boqueria / Markets, Barcelona
I spotted a stall with many nice bijoux with 70' prints at very modest prices...Fabio managed to take me away only after I bought two pairs of earrings (6Euros a pair) and a necklace (7Euros). Pretty cheap!!
What to buy: earrings, bracelets.....made of mother of pearl and painted with many different colours!
What to pay: not more than 10 Euros for a necklace
It's the most popular market in town. The market of St. Joseph is best know as Boqueria and its a world into itself. It's very interesting for both its architecture and its atmosphere where you can find a great variety of products. It's in a 19th century structure of glass and iron.
Es el mercado más popular de la ciudad. El mercado de San José es más conocido como de la Boquería y encierra un mundo en sí mismo. Es muy interesante tanto por su arquitectura como por el ambiente, donde puedes encontrar una gran vsariedad de productos. Está en una estructura de hierro y cristal del siglo XIX.
Opening hours / Horario de apertura
Mondays to Saturdays / Lunes a sábados: 8:00 - 20:30
What to buy: There are all kind of food, flowers and handmade stuf.
Hay todo tipo de comida, flores y artículos de artesanía
What to pay: Prices are reasonable and slightly cheaper than in bigger shops.
Los precios son razonables y ligeramete más bajos que en tiendas grandes.
as I already mentioned on other Barna tips, the market place of the town is just wonderful, to stroll around between all these little stores, to have a coffee or a bocadillo or something else for breakfast or lunch. You´ll find always something new and nice.
What to buy: mainly fruits and vegetables and cheese and ham and other meat.
What to pay: You should definetely compare prices, they change and are sometimes quite different from each other. Some old stores just have higher prices for their good name. if you want to buy some ham or meat, I can recommend a little place: if you come into the market from the Rambla go more or less to the left end of the hall, I got really good prices there. E.g. for a Fuet around 4 Euro, some Chorizos for ~6 Euro/kg. There are others where you pay easily 2 or 3 Euro more.
the most famous market in BCN is La Boqueria...in fact is a tourist spot so be carefull with your pockets .. besides its located in the ***ing ramblas street eveyday dirtier, polluted with dodgy people trying to *** your trip ...so be aware pls---
What to buy: mainly vegetables and fish
What to pay: a little bit more...obviously its a better food quality !!
When I was in Barcelona a couple of years ago at Christmas time, I was staying in a hostel near La Sagrada Familia. All around this popular tourist resorts were Christmas market stalls, selling souvenirs, Christmas goodies, and your usual everyday ameneties. It was a lovely and romantic atmosphere, and we enjoyed strolling through them each day on our way to other destinations. The prices all seemed very generous, and unlike certain other places, we weren't hassled by any of the stall owners or pressured in to buying anything, which tends to be something that really gets my goat.
A lot of very good food.
Tip: have a coffee or something else in one of the little restaurant inside the market.
Buy flesh or fish at the market and ask in one of the restaurants to prepare it for you. It will be done how you like it
What to pay: partless expensive. 1 Kg tomatoes for 8 Eurus
This market is about halfway up the Ramblas. It's open Monday to saturday 8am till 8.30pm, quietest in the morning. Just walk around and take in the sights and sounds of all types of food. Pinotxo bar, just on the right as you enter, has the freshest local food cooked simply.
Mercat La Boqueria is half way down the Ramblas and is fascinating. Even if you're not hungry I guarantee that you'll buy something to eat. I couldn't resist this colourful stall of children's sweets. If you want to be healthier than me there's lots of punnets of fresh fruit salad and the figs I bought were the sweetest I've ever tasted. There's always a crowd, but they would stay away if the food wasn't worth it, so go and jossle with the rest.
What to pay: I can't remeber the price of the sweets but they were well worth it.
If you’re self-catering in Barca or just want to grab a few things for lunch this is an essential stop in the heart of the city. The fresh produce is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach and it’s hard not to come out laden with varieties of just about everything you fancied the look of. Of course it’s busy as hell the later in the day you get there, but the bustling, jostling crowds are half the atmosphere of being there.
This market hall is supposed to be the biggest market hall of Barcelona. The building looks pretty impressive and the inside is colorful and pretty active.
Just stroll around and enjoy!!! Well, I guess, I am just addicted to market halls!!!
It's an indoor market packed with dozens of stalls with fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, herbes, spices, ...
What to buy: The ideal stop for an afternoon snack. Just get yourself a healthy piece of fruit, so you can walk Las Ramblas again and again...
About half way along las Ramblas you will find the indoor food market. Here you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, e.t.c.
All laid out in such wonderful displays that are a work of art in themselves. Worth taking a look at even if you buy nothing.
You'll probably enter at least 5 bars/cafes/restaurants every day but you still might get hungry while on the metro for example. Then it is useful to have some supplies from the supermarket with you, like water, fruit, jogurt, chocolate, biscuits, chewing gum.
There is a huge supermarket at the Ramblas with a great selection.
Or maybe, you also enjoy "visiting" supermarkets when on holiday. I love looking around and even buy some souvenirs. In Barcelona I once again made the experience that these days it is hard to find something new. All over Europe you get the same food more or less, and even made by the same companies. At least it is easy to compare prices :-)
La Boqueria is an amazing market where you can get fresh everything at low prices. I stopped here a couple times and purchased some fruits and cheeses for picnics. You can also eat some great meals at the small bars inside or just come as a sort of cultural experience and wander around seeing what the locals eat!
In the central sidewalk of Las Ramblas Avenue, nearly in front of La Boqueria market, you can find many street stalls selling birds and other pets.
Is a nice place to walk with kids, as it's like a small zoo, with a wide variety of animals, from parrots to lizards, hamsters, dogs...