Barcelona with Qatar Airways - La Boqueria Market and La Rambla - Alvinology

Barcelona with Qatar Airways – La Boqueria Market and La Rambla

La Boqueria Market in Barcelona
La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

When I travel, I like to visit local food markets to check out local food fares.

In Barcelona, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria Market, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district. It is one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, another rich shopping street.

The market has a very diverse selection of goods, ranging from live seafood, fresh vegetables to herbs, spices and cooked food. It is one of the oldest market in Barcelona, with lots of colours and things to see:

Entrance to the market
Entrance to La Boqueria Market
There were many stalls tempting me with their iberico ham which I grew very fond of in Barcelona
There were many stalls tempting me with their iberico ham which I grew very fond of in Barcelona
Fruit popsicles
Fruit popsicles
Colourful fruits
Colourful fruits
Colourful candies
Colourful candies
Nuts and such
Nuts and such
More nuts
More nuts
Fruits and veggies
Fruits and veggies
Olive oil, chilies and such
Olive oil, chilies and such
Assorted chocolates
Assorted chocolates
Candies
Candies
Shaped candies
Shaped candies
More cute chocolates
More cute chocolates
Chocolate coated candies
Chocolate coated candies
Seafood section
Seafood section
Lobsters
Lobsters
A seafood stall
A seafood stall
Assorted fishes
Assorted fishes
Fish
Fish
Chopping up a fresh fish for the customer
Chopping up a fresh fish for the customer
Fish with stuffing
Fish with stuffing
Sole fish
Sole fish
Crabs and prawns
Crabs and prawns
Clams
Clams
Prawns
Prawns
Some sea creature
Some sea creature
Monk fish
Monk fish
Octopus
Octopus
Scottish mud crabs
Scottish mud crabs
Fillets
Fillets
Shrimp sticks
Shrimp sticks
Seafood bar if you get hungry shopping
Seafood bar if you get hungry shopping
Fresh fruits and veggies
Fresh fruits and veggies
Chillies and garlics
Chillies and garlics
Red and green peppers
Red and green peppers
Veggies
Veggies
Giant leaves
Giant leaves
Meat section
Meat section
Meat
Meat
More meat
More meat
Whole legs of iberico ham
Whole legs of iberico ham
Assorted meat skewers
Assorted meat skewers
Olive oils
Olive oils
Olive oils, vinaigrette
Olive oils, vinaigrette
Candies and some sauces
Candies and some sauces
Traditional sweets and snacks
Traditional sweets and snacks
Cheeses and condiments
Cheeses and condiments
Assorted olives
Assorted olives
Closer look at the olives
Closer look at the olives
Fruit stall
Fruit stall
A very beautiful tomato variant which looks like pumpkins
A very beautiful tomato variant which looks like pumpkins
Tomatoes with stalks still intact
Tomatoes with stalks still intact
More tomatoes
More tomatoes
Outdoor area of the market
Outdoor area of the market

Via wikipedia:

The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onwards, a pig market was held at this site; at this time it was known as Mercat Bornet. Later, until 1794, it was known simply as Mercat de la Palla, or straw market.

In the beginning, the market was not enclosed and had no official status, being regarded simply as an extension of the Plaça Nova market, which extended to the Plaça del Pi. Later, the authorities decided to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. It was not until 1826 that the market was legally recognised, and a convention held in 1835 decided to build an official structure.

Construction began on March 19, 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vilà. The market officially opened in the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times. The inauguration of the structure finally took place in 1853. A new fish market opened in 1911, and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914.

La Rambla, on the other hand, is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell:

The street of La Rambla
The street of La Rambla
Candies and souvenir shop
Candies and souvenir shop
A cafe
A pavement cafe
Candies store
Candies store
Accessories store
Accessories store
Store specialising in wallets and bags made from recycled posters
Store specialising in wallets and bags made from recycled posters
Decorated cakes
Decorated cakes
FCB cakes
FCB cakes
Caganer (shitter) figurines of world leaders and celebrities
Caganer (shitter) figurines of world leaders and celebrities
Team FCB Caganers
Team FCB Caganers
World leaders Caganers - apparently, Spanish people buy and display these in their houses for good luck
World leaders Caganers – apparently, Spanish people buy and display these in their houses for good luck
A pavement cafe, just in front of a historical wall
A pavement cafe, just in front of a historical wall
An ice cream store
An ice cream store
They sell candies and other traditional snacks too
They sell candies and other traditional snacks too
We bought ice creams
We bought ice creams
A statue on the street
A statue on the street

Admittedly, I spent more time shopping at the food and produce market rather than for trinkets and souvenirs. It’s a personal preference as I often find it harder to get stuff made locally when it comes to trinkets and souvenirs which mostly come “made in China” or in some developing countries. Food, on the other hand, most of it is local.

I will be writing one more post on the food in Barcelona to round up the posts on my trip to Barcelona with Qatar Airways. Stay tuned!

To travel to Barcelona from Singapore, do consider flying with Qatar Airways with a stopover at Doha, Qatar at very competitive prices. 

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