La Boqueria Market in Las Ramblas
La Boqueria is a stunning indoor market located just off La Rambla which is the most famous avenue in Barcelona.
Visitors to Barcelona love this amazing market and so do the locals, restaurants and hotels who all use the products to make the amazing and very delicious Barcelona food.
The market has been here since medieval times and is the largest market in Spain.
The iconic Modernist stained glass entrance attracts millions of visitors every year to this Aladdin’s cave of tantalizing food, exotic fruits and spices.
On entering the market you are met with trays of the most exquisite chocolates and nuts.
The hustle and bustle and aromas pervade the air and attack the senses in the most delightful way.
Stalls are piled high with strawberries, grapes, melons, figs and many more delicious fruits and vegetables.
A gastronomic feast of fruits, vegetables, fish, offal, chickens and meat awaits you. Bags of snails and huge hams suspended in rows hang above the numerous shops.
Every so often you’ll catch a glimpe of shimmering tripe and local specialities such as salted cod and sausages.
Aromatic cheeses and stalls piled high with the freshest of fruit and colorful aubergines and peppers wet the taste buds and soon you’re ready to sample some of these tantalizing foods.
The market is always full of people eagerly enjoying the local dishes and wines of the area.
Restaurants and bars such as Gardunya at C/ Jerusalem, 18 Mercat de St. Josep are well worth a visit.
For more information and a history of this amazing market check out the Market Website.
You can also take a gourmet food and market walking tour and visit shops specializing in wine, chocolate and pastries.
You will have the chance to try samples of traditional Catalan products, such as fruits in La Boqueria Market, and wine at the end of the tour in the Winery “La Vinya del Senyor” (a glass of wine and a Catalan Tapa).