La Boqueria / Markets, Barcelona
Mercat de Sant Josep - La Boqueria is the food market that everyone visits in Barcelona. Really a must-see, lovely, but always crowded!! However, when you walk around the Old town (Gotic-Ribera-Born), close to the Cathedral (La Seu) it's easy to find this not-so-known but interesting place: Mercat de Santa Caterina
The old market there was closed for many years, later its re-building project was commanded to the Miralles & Tagliabue architect's studio. Unfortunately Enric Miralles died before seeing it finished. The new market was opened in 2005, its most interesting feature being its wavy and colorful ceramic roof (built in clear Modernista inspiration). Inside is not disappointing, and its interesting the conjunction of the old walls with modern elements and market stalls.
What to buy: You will find there all food market usual goods. The variety is nearly the same of La Boqueria (except for some very strange items you can only find at La Boqueria or very specific shops), as well similar quality and prices. There is as well a restaurant where you can sample some local delicacies at reasonable (but not cheap) prices
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.
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.
I always like to visit public markets in every city I go so I couldn’t miss the famous Boqueria, a colorful market that attracts locals and tourists (you can notice the difference because the tourists hold their camera and the locals stuff they buy here). In any case, it isn’t just a market because you can wander around and enjoy the colors of the exotic fruits and the smells of so many things, it is ideal for people-watching (check how they attract customers) and of course for shopping.
The market is divided into different sections like Pork Products and Meats, Dried Fruits, Fruits and Vegatables, Seafood, Seeds and Cereals, Olived, Fishes etc We bought all our fruits here and I liked that there are some tapa bars where you can sit and eat something or just enjoy a fresh orange juice.
The origins of the market go back at 13th century when it was an open-air market in front of one of the gates of the old city wall (plaza de la Boqueria). It was only in 1826 when the state officially recognized the market and created an official market The metal roof was set in 1914. The position of the market (in the middle of the Ramblas) makes it the most popular in Barcelona among visitors, tourists and locals.
It is open daily 8.00-20:00
La Boqueria; also called Mercat de Sant Josep, is a beautiful roofed food market located just off the Ramblas. It was built between 1836 and 1840.
Here you can buy some fresh fruits and vegetables; meat, fish and seafood; sweets. There are also some bars into this market. Some of these also serve food.
This market is open from monday to saturday; from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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 :-)
At the Pi Square, in the Gothic Quarter ther is a street market, I think is on saturdays only, where you can find some local products, mainly gastronomy: local cheeses, ham, honey... products produced in Catalonia, in the countryside.
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...
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...
One of the oldest and largest markets in Spain, first recorded in the beginning of the 13th century, is a true horn of plenty.
The stalls of the market are full of fruits, vegetables, meat (all kinds of), different sort of fish and shells from all over the world, nuts, candies and chocolates.
Anyway what I remember is an interesting Art Nouveau construction, hardly see between the crowds... and a dead bug lying dead under a fruit stall.
It probably ate too much a night before :(
What to buy: Buy mixed fruit or a fresh fruit juice to enjoy as you explore it!
Visiting Mercat de Sant Josep, also called LA Boqueria is a colourful experience. But be aware of the prices if you are planning to buy something, it's not cheap, and it seems like they are not so willing to bargain on the price when tourists are buying.
This popular food market has some of the best food stands in all Spain. The quality is excellent and the presentation too. OK, you won't buy many fresh food, but anyway, the place deserves a visit, not only for the local ambiance, but also for the architecture of the place and the nice coloured glass.
Spanish writer Vazquez Montalban, known as a gourmet, came here daily to buy fresh products...
Just one street away from our rented appartment in the Gracia area, we could find a lot of things in this little supermarket.
We didn't had to worry to starve !
What to buy: They had beverages, lots of prepacked ham and cheese, fresh baguettes, milk and all other kinds of allimentary food.
What to pay: Milk, cheese, ham, coffee, bread, beer, cola, water, napkins... we spent about 27 Euro's and it was sufficient to cover the breakfasts of 4 days staying.
Organic- right at the back of the Market on the right hand side.
Mediteranean and multicultural cuisine.
Salad buffet. fresh homemade bread every day.
pizzas, hot dishes, combos, ovalacto and vegan.
Daily homemade deserts.
All organic products used, micro filtered water and lots of love.
There was a lady serving, she was very flamboyant with a turban on it was dressed in jewels, worth going just to see her at work.
What to buy: We had Paella, salad and homemade pitta bread with a burger and melted cheese in side heated up.It was lovely really tasty.
What to pay: 10 euro's each portion, well worth it!
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.