La Boqueria Market - Mercat de Sant Josep, Barcelona

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    Mercat de la Boqueria

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    The wonderful Mercat de la Boqueria is Barcelona's most famous and central food market. It is located about halfway down La Rambla, and its main entrance has an impressive steel-framed roof and big colourful sign. This is a busy market, filled with locals doing their daily/weekly shops and also plenty of tourists getting in their way whilst taking photos.

    All manner of fresh produce is on sale here - the usual stuff, like fruit & veg, a good range of meats, decent selection of bread etc. It is a great place if you want to try out some of the local cheeses or hams - there are taste tests available.

    There is some very unusual seafood for sale - we were particularly intrigued by the Percebes and the piles of spiky-shelled creatures. I was also impressed by the whole (dead) little piglets which looked like they were just having a nice nap.

    Dotted throughout the market are several places to eat, so if you want to brush shoulders with some of the stallholders this is the place to dine.

    Mercat de la Boqueria pork anyone?! More pork products fresh seafood Love those local meats
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    Boqueria Market

    by dlandt Updated Feb 3, 2006

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    Despite the position of this market off of Las Ramblas and near the Barri Gotico, I thought this was pretty cool. They had all these cool hams and salamis, fresh fish, or cooked shrimp, all sorts of good stuff. We didn't go through the whole thing, but it was fun. We were sorry to have eaten before we came, as they had a lot of food stalls that seemed to offer really fresh stuff for not that much money.

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    Inside the Mercat Sant Josep

    by easyoar Written Nov 30, 2004

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    If you go past the Mercat Sant Josep, make sure you go inside. Even if you are a tourist with no cooking facilites, you will be wanting to buy some of the food in there. Not only does it look incredibly fresh, it is also beautifully laid out. The market is full of local people too, which is always a good indication of something being good!

    This picture shows the market on the way back out (the entrance can be seen in the background).

    Inside the Mercat Sant Josep
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    La Boqueria

    by danielcv Updated May 28, 2004

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    The La Boqueria Market is definetly a dont miss tip. The Mercado is located in the middle of Las Ramblas and it a upbeat and colorful place.

    If you are staying at a hostel or doing a budget trip you will find lots of options of fruits, nuts and other food to buy and keep in your backpack for the time you're hungry. And be prepared: as Barcelona is a city to be explored by foot you will need energy to walk miles!

    colorful fruit at the La Boqueria Market
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    Mercat Sant Josep

    by easyoar Written Nov 30, 2004

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    This is a large indoor market specialising in fresh produce be it fruit and vegetables, fish or meat. Some of the produce is so fresh, it is still alive,

    The market is in a big hall, and is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm. It was built between 1836 and 1840, and has an ornate sign over the doorway which is worth looking up to see.

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    For locals and tourists

    by PierreZA Written Sep 13, 2008

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    Do look up at the beautiful sign before entering the market.
    This is a food market with plenty of fresh produce to choose from. Fresh fruit, meat, fish, sweets etc van be bought here. Although many tourists visit the market, it seems that is still a popular place for locals to do shopping.

    Open 08h00 to 20h30, Mon – Sat

    No entrance fee

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    A gastronomic paradise

    by Dariana Updated Sep 20, 2004

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    Leave for a moment your walk on Las Ramblas to see and taste an orgy of flavors.Into a Modernist construction with a transparent glass roof there is a bustling that worth a visit.
    But, pay attention!Don`t go if you are starved.It`s a hard test ...

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    ALL MARKETS ARE NOT EQUAL

    by travelgourmet Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    Mercat de Sant Josep, Mercado de La Boqueria is one large building with hundreds of food vendors to excite and delight every palate. This is the place to be if you are looking for something to eat, drink, or purchase the ingredients to fulfill a gourmet's desires no matter what tastes are needing satisfied.

    Each stall or store has colorful vendors who will help you make decisions on what's good and what's great. Hey, you can just wander the aisles and browse the many displays before you. But, most likely one of the stalls has just the thing that will cure your hum. Many times, one of the best tourist sights in a city, is the market. Barcelona is no exception, even with all the Gaudi buildings and artworks to see, the market still is a must see.

    MARKET ENTRANCE MEDALLION MEET MEAT NUTS TO DRIED FRUIT FRESH FRUIT CHOICES WHO CUTS THE CHEESE
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    Feed your senses!

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 16, 2008

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    The Boqueria Market is quite a sight and an experience I will never forget. The displays of fruits, candies and nuts are just amazing-the colors are unbelievable- the layout is actually very artistic. Of course, some of the most overwhelming parts of the market are the meats and fish sections. I seen some of the most bizaare meats, skinned animals, tongue, bull testicles and who knows what else, that I have ever seen. It is actually sensory overload with the smells and sights-but I loved it.

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    La BOQUERIA FOOD MARKET

    by ViajesdelMundo Updated Jul 22, 2009

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    One of the nicest food markets I have been to; endless stalls offer delicious hanging chorizo, olives, cheese, fruit, fish, cured ham, etc. Stop at the seafood bar for garlicky prawns and a cold beer.
    Open daily except Sundays, 8am - 8:30pm.

    Food counter inside the Market
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    La Boquería--An adventure into Barcelonian markets

    by Misha_abq Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    If you want to know the people of a city, stroll through their open food markets. Right off of the frenzied street of Las Ramblas is La Boquería.

    The market began sometime during the 1200, when the vegetable vendors would sell their goods there. Sometime in 1914 they erected the distinctive Art Nouveau metal roof, making it visual candy for every visitor.

    The first shops that greet you are candy vendors with every gummy candy ever made, including the ones that look like over-easy eggs. Rainbow colored fruits and chocolate "something or another" dominate the front of the market, but in the recesses of the building you’ll find the cheese shops, seafood vendors, and the meat stores.

    The meat of choice—pork in assorted states of being, but I couldn’t stop looking at the fresh skinned rabbits—sorry Bugs. Take your time and amble through the isles trying to figure out what all the new smells, shapes, and tastes belong to. You’ll come to know the Barcelonian style quickly and love it.

    Rabbit at the market.
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    Wish you had a kitchen in Barcelona?

    by Lorro Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    Visit the Mercat St. Josep, or Boqueria as it is commonly known. There is something for everyone, the casual passerby as well as the cook of the house. You can buy food to stock up your refridgerator, everything from seafood, meats, cheeses, to fruits and vegetables, nuts, and more. Or stop in for a drink or breakfast. There are a few bars inside offering "pintxos" (tapas) and drinks and sandwiches and things. Also at the fruit stands often they sell freshly sqeezed juices and cut up fruits with a fork to eat as you shop.

    See my Travelogue for more photos!

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    The most popular Market

    by lotharlerch Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    La Boqueria is only a few steps from the Rambla (at the Barri Cino side) and is therefore more visited by the tourists than by the locals but the locals are those who buy at the stalls while the tourists are eating at the rather overprized eating stalls in the Boqueria.

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    La Boqueria

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Halfway between the Ramblas one finds the 'La Boquería', that is the famous foodmarket. I had been there and was delighted to see the wide variety of food sold there starting from candies and fruits to fishes and other sea food. the prices seemed quite reasonable.

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    La Boqueria, or St. Josep Mercat (market)

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 9, 2011

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    La Boqueria, a market, at one time an open air market set up against the city walls, today enclosed and what a market, La Boqueria even has a website in 4 languages, go take a look.
    But ALL the markets we visited in Barri Gotic, Ribera and Barceloneta, do have one thing in common, they are "uncommonly" clean and neat.
    I believe that if you look into the food, sale, preparation and consumation, you look into the HEART of a people. How they handle the food here in the markets of Barcelona is great to see, everything is displayed tastefully and best of all it is spick and span (clean and neat).
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    1) The entrance to the market from Rambla Street.
    2) Fresh and dried mushrooms on display.
    3) Fresh fruit stalls.
    4) Eggs, of all sizes (that is an ostrich egg in back with the price on it).
    5) Fresh fruit and dried fruits and nuts.

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