Monday, 5 May 2014

Barcelona: La Boqueria Market


One of the absolute must dos in Barcelona is to visit their famous market. Yes, you heard me correctly - visit their market! Let me introduce you to the amazing delight that is La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's biggest market located just off La Rambla/Las Ramblas. Locals and tourists alike visit this place on a daily basis with locals picking up the freshest fruit, vegetable and seafood to cook and the tourists to pick up a refreshing juice and fruit salad, or just simply to take photos!


From the minute you step in, you enter an explosion of colour thanks to the numerous fruit market stalls at the entrance. The displays are amazing with each stall vendor fighting for your attention and the best part was that it was super inexpensive considering this is located in one of the biggest tourist traps of Barcelona. Fruit juices in their various mixtures are super fresh that some vendors can be caught squeezing the actual fruit behind the counter and they definitely do not have any preservatives, dyes or artificial colourings - fruit just the way it is supposed to be and as nature intended. Ice cold, fresh and perfect to quench your thirst on a sunny Spanish day - and for less than €2!

If you are feeling peckish, then you can go to the market and pick up some tapas or some other nibbles from Spanish omelettes to ham sandwiches amongst others for a cheap and cheerful eat.

The atmosphere of La Boqueria is one not too dissimilar to the markets back at home. Just because the roof is covered, the sides are open so it has a casual yet lively open market feel to the place, which is incredibly considering the market has been in existence since around 1200 but only getting formally recognised in the 1800s.

Word of caution, like I mentioned, this is located in a tourist trap of Barcelona. That together with the number of people who visit means this place gets crowded quite easily so beware of pickpockets!














Address: La Rambla, 100-1, 08002, Barcelona. Spain
Metro: L3 (green line) at Liceu is only a few metres away or L1 for Catalunya is a few minutes walk but has more connections
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday - 8am to 8.30pm - N.B. Mondays is only half opened

Enjoy,






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