Barcelona is a city full of colourful markets, a delight to the sight, smell and taste. And if there’s one market you should not miss while in Barcelona, this is La Boqueria.
Located at the heart of the city, facing La Rambla street, this is one of the most colourful, photo friendly markets in the world. It’s crowded, noisy and very touristy but worth the visit nonetheless.
You can find almost any kind of food here, from local to exotic tastes, fruit and juices, raw and cured meat, fresh fish and seafood or even the most upscale delicatessen. There are also some restaurants and eateries at La Boqueria that offer mouth-watering tapas and dishes.
The market in this area existed since the 12th century but only in the late 19th century it was projected as a covered market. The iron gates and roof were added in the early 20th century Today, they still welcome visitors to La Boqueria and are a must-see feature of the market.
Food and delicacies at La Boqueria
The first thing at sight when you enter the market are the neatly laid fruits, fruit salads and juices. The display is so tempting and colourful that you will experience the rush to buy some healthy bite for you and your kids. Isn’t it great?
Moving on towards the heart of the market you will also find some eye catching sweet stalls. Chocolates, candy, caramelised fruits, dried fruits or the Catalan turron (usually eaten during Xmas festivities) … anything you want… you name it.
Fish stalls are located at the heart of the market, with seafood and daily-catch fish on display. From cod, to lobster, octopus, sardines or shrimps, you can get almost anything you wish. Close by, you will find the meat stalls, with the standard meat and even the oddest options such as brains or tripe. But if you are not ready for this… then move on to the more appetizing Spanish ham along with some delicious cheeses, pickles and ready to eat dishes.
You can also have proper lunch at La Boqueria, as the market has some interesting stands where you can sample real Catalan cuisine. Bar Pinotxo is famous for its tapas while Kiosko Universal offers fresh fish and seafood.
However, I do not recommend eating at the market if you are visiting with babies or toddlers. Market eateries have tall chairs and lots of people walking around. There are plenty of restaurants surrounding the market stalls that could be a better option when it comes to the younger generation.
Tips for visiting La Boqueria with kids
- Have your kids at sight. There are so many things that they would like to grab and so many people shopping and visiting the market that it’s better to be on the safe side.
- Bring cash. Even though you will be able to pay with credit card in most stands, in some of them you may need to pay cash.
- Come before lunch. You can choose to eat somewhere in the market or around, or fill your stomach with all the delicious food sold in the different stalls while walking around the market.
- Treat your kids with some colourful healthy food. From freshly made fruit salads to any kind of juice you can imagine. They are not expensive and very tasty.
- Be prepared to spend some good money. If you are planning on getting some food back home, note that this is not a cheap place to shop. And temptation can go a long way in your wallet…
La Boqueria practical information
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 – 20:30 h. Best to go in the morning hours before 13:00 when all stalls are open.
How to get to La Boqueria Market
Address: Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona
Located in Ciutat Vella district, the main entrance is in the popular street of La Rambla. You can get there walking from Plaça Catalunya but if you want to take the nearest metro line, then get to Liceu metro stop on the green line (L3).