This is a market I’ve been to twice now. The first was in 2002 and then again in 2007, the latter being a couple of years before I started this website. Sadly I don’t have the extensive collection of photo’s I normally take when I travel to markets such as this, so I’ll just have to make do with the few I’m showing here.
La Boqueria is a market that runs every day of the week. It’s located on the heavily touristed Ramblas which in turn means it’s heaving with tourists itself, but that’s no deterrent to me when it involves such a fabulous array of food beneath one roof. This would have to be the city’s best-known market, one of the oldest and largest as well .
The market hall bustles with more than 200 vendors offering their edible wares to any visitor or local willing to buy it. Fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, charcuterie, baked goods and a dazzling array of seafood. Just near the entrance are a couple of vendors that solely deal with sweets and nuts; displayed in bright colours and ready to be weighed and packaged.
Towards the rear of the market are many bars where you can perch on a stool, order a glass of local vino and lunch on whatever is going. A fantastic way to immerse yourself and literally rub shoulders with the locals. Just get to the market early to beat the crowds.