Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Chronicles from Barcelona | La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market, was the first of Barcelona's local markets to be formally created. When it firstly opened on March 1840, the market occupied the former grounds of Saint Joseph's Convent. Nevertheless its history started centuries ago.

Although its origins are uncertain, is known that, placed in the Ramblas of Barcelona, there used to be a market since the thirteenth century, where peddlers sold their goods. As the Ramblas acquired growing importance so the market grow and was set where it could attract more visitors and buyers.

Informally established, as an open air market, in front of the gates of the old city wall, local traders and farmers sold their products to clients there until the middle of the nineteenth century when the market was moved to its current location. In the beginning of the twentieth century La Boqueria was transformed in a modern market, with gas illumination and a metal cover for protection of food, vendors and clients.

Today, La Boqueria market is the oldest and more famous food market in the city, attracting buyers from all over the world. It offers fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, spices and sweets, presented in carefully decorated stalls. Usually crowded with visitors, La Boqueria is a space full of life and animation that without a doubt deserves your visit. You can have a meal there or buy something to eat during the day (the fruits are great) or to bring home as a gift to your friends or a treat to you (can tell you that the fruit jello's and the marzipan fruits, on the last photo, are absolutely delicious!).

La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91 - Plaça de la Boqueria, 08001

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
Open Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm.

Free Entrance


  1. Where is the jamon!?!?!? hahaha loved your pictures and love this market! It seems you enjoyed it too which is awesome!

  2. Omg just looking at these photos make me want to book a flight to Barcelona so I could spend a few hours getting lost and shopping in this foodie heaven! Will definitely be adding it to my must-do list for Barcelona :)

  3. I'm planning on going to Barcelona after the new year. I love that the market is free and after looking at your pictures, it looks AMAZING! The cups of watermelon make my mouth water!

  4. I am currently visiting Valencia and went to a very similar market yesterday. They are amazing! I really love these markets (and always buy too much :) )

  5. I really like the look of this market, the produce looks fresh and delicious! The history of the market is also interesting. Thank you for sharing :-)

  6. That looks like a pretty epic market with lots of great choices. We missed it when we went to Barcelona somehow. It's close to where we stayed too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh man this looks so amazing! We'll be in Barcelona in January for about 10 days and I'm just starting to throw together a list of places I want to check out. I hadn't heard of this place, but we're definitely going to go here. Barcelona is our last stop on our European travels so I'm definitely going to go here to bring home some goodies!

  8. love the way you tell about this place. It’s amazing information the places with wonderful pics. I’ve never gone there before. Noted it!


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