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!

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