Food markets in Barcelona
Food markets in Barcelona
Barcelona is home to food markets that are worth visiting and discovering
La Boquería market is the most famous in Barcelona for purchasing fresh products. This emblematic market is located in La Rambla, the most commercial street of the city, so getting there is very easy. La Boquería is a must for foodies because you will sense the fantastic mix of aromas and flavours while walking around the different stands. It is not surprising that this market is one of the most visited places in Barcelona.
Officially known as the Sant Josep Market, La Boquería was built between 1840 and 1914. Nowadays it is a huge market which covers 2.583 m² and contains over 300 stalls. If you want to prepare a special dinner, La Boquería is the perfect market to purchase the ingredients because it offers a variety of: fish, fruit, vegetables and meat – all fresh and of good quality!
La Boquería market also makes a good stop in your planned itinerary around Barcelona as some stalls offer salads and fresh fruits which can help bearing with the heat. You will also find some bars and restaurants inside the market which are worth visiting.
Mercat de la Concepció
Mercat de la Concepció, popularly known as the “Flowers Market”, is located in the city centre near Ciutadella Park, Casa Milà and other tourist attractions. This market was built in 1887 and was opened to public one year later. This building, which consists of glass and iron, was designed by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias.
Although fresh fruit and mixed juices are the indispensable products you should buy in this market, Mercat de la Concepció offers a very good variety of other products. Furthermore, at the back of the market you will find some flower and plant stalls.
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Mercat de Santa Caterina was opened to the public in 1845 as the food market and was built on an old convent. The main highlight of this market is the colourful roof which was built at the beginning of 21st century –the rest of the market is a neoclassic construction–. Mercat de Santa Caterina is located near Barcelona´s cathedral and Ciutadella Park.
Inside Mercat de Santa Caterina, you will discover a traditional market with many stands of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and it is also a good place to appreciate the gastronomy of Catalonia as there are some restaurants where you can eat.
If you are interested by local food markets and you plan to visit Madrid, we recommend you visit our section with Madrid's top markets.