Mercat de La Bouqueria is a Foodie Paradise in Barcelona. Located right off the ‘La Rambla’ as a Tourist you can barely miss the most famous market in Barcelona. Judging on how busy the market is, it even appears that every tourist is anyway already visiting Mercat de La Boqueria. A place/market for selling meat at this very same location was first mentioned in 1217, later from the later 15th century onwards on pigs were sold there. Many many years have passed, and the Boqueria market still attracts many people.
The metal roof and parts of the structures you can see nowadays date back to 1914, with an original design and construction dating back to the year 1840 and the architect Mas Vilà. Nowadays the Boqueria market offers the best the Catalonian region has to offer, from fruits and vegetables to fish and seafood, juices and chocolate and of course several Tapas Restaurant. You can either buy the raw veggies and fruits or enjoy them well prepared right on site. What I’ve seen at many stalls were juices for either 1,00€ or 1,50€ per plastic cup. They are cooled and a nice refreshing drink, but after I had an orange juice there might be a reason they only cost 1€… no, it was not good and tasted absolute not like a fresh orange juice. As the vendors know that a lot of tourists come by, you can buy fruits pre-sliced for a small price, but again in heavy plastic packaging. In general, the Spanish people (still) love their plastic bags and whatever you buy, there is always everything wrapped in plastic, and as an addition, you get a plastic bag for free on top. So much unnecessary plastic waste, but that’s another story. The Market, that is situated in the Ciutat Vella area, but very close to the Gothic Quarter, has open every day from Monday to Saturday, with only Sunday completely closed. The Mercat de La Bouqueria opens every morning by 8 am. The famous gate you enter by coming from La Rambla was designed by architect Antoni de Falguera i Sivilla.
Something I haven’t had the time to is a guided tour of the market, followed by a Spanish cooking class. You can find more information on these tours on the website www.bcnkitchen.com.
Other markets in Barcelona are Mercat d’Hostafrancs, Mercat de Poblenou or Mercat de Sant Antoni.
Address Mercado de La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am 8:30 pm
closest Metro Station: Liceu (L3)