The colorful Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Posted on 17. Oct, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, Spain


I’ve always thought that public markets were a great way to learn more about a city, a country. Although that may have to do with my gluttony - but let’s say this time was for Catalan culture research purposes.

The Boqueria market in Barcelona is perhaps where you’ll find the highest concentration of people during the day. The place is PACKED - and you know how I feel about crowds. But the fact that I enjoyed it despite the saturated space says a lot about the place. Here’s why you should go:

1. You can’t say that it’s not accessible.

It is literally just off Las Ramblas, towards the Christopher Colombus statue. Chances are you’ll walk past it several times during you stay in Barcelona. In other words - you can’t miss it - just follow the hordes of people heading there.

2. Get your 5 a day

Fresh fruits and veggies! Whether you opt for the traditional apple, a fruit salad or one of the many colorful freshly blended juices… the Boqueria is THE place in Barcelona to get your vitamin fill to keep your energy levels up and your figure in great shape (or to compensate for the many fried tapas you’ve engulfed - that’s ok too). I think my favorite option has to be the mango and strawberry smoothie - an explosion of fruity flavors!

Also good to know: the market is actually pretty cheap. Smoothies and fruit salads sell for only 1.50 euros each!

3. Learn more about the Catalan cuisine

That part is probably not for the faint-hearted or vegetarians. I mean, I love my meat, but I really don’t need to see how it’s prepared, especially at the butcher stage. Same goes for the fish - I really don’y feel the need to see it semi-alive, begging to be saved, on the icy counter. But for the more curious foodie ones, the back of the market is really perfect place for a meaty crash-course.

4. Make new friends

Because there are tons of people at the market, it’s very easy to strike up a conversation, either with tourists or locals. To that effect, there’s a very cute wine bar at the very back of the market, that seems to be opened at any hour of the day.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of EasyJet Holidays on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you been to the Boqueria market in Bacelona? What did you think of it - overhyped and overpacked or interesting and tasty?

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6 Responses to “The colorful Boqueria Market in Barcelona”

  1. Pascale

    17. Oct, 2012

    Is it opened every day? I’v never been to Barcelona.

    I agree with you: going to the market is a good way to feel the life in a city. By the way, I really enjoyed Borough Market in London. ;-)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      I think it is. Perhaps not on Sundays, but definitely from Monday to Saturday.

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  2. Andrew

    17. Oct, 2012

    Thank you. It’s great to see someone refer to it as Catalan rather than Spanish because it’s not.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      Well, technically Catalonia is a part of Spain, despite its best efforts. ;-)

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  3. Angela

    18. Oct, 2012

    I loved La Boqueria market, colorful and vibrant.

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