Thursday, June 21, 2012

Barcelona for Foodies: Mercat de la Boqueria


Mercat de la Boqueria is a large open air market located directly off of Las Ramblas, the famous and very popular boulevard in Barcelona, Spain. The market is impressive in size, many small alleyways with hundreds of booths selling anything from seafood to spices. Small restaurants line the sides where patrons can enjoy tapas and other spanish delicacies, although said restaurants appeared to be closed when I returned to the market on a week day.  

I am quite the foodie, so of course I was immediately smitten with the place. I purchased a small bag of candied nuts and was immediately in love. I munched on them as I perused the many stalls, admiring the delicious fresh produce and eyeing the meat stalls with some apprehension; some had whole pigs hanging! La Boqueria was loud and crowded and colorful, fragrant with all sorts of different smells, some delicious and others what I could only describe as interesting. 


I would definitely recommend spending an hour or two wandering La Boqueria and sampling the various foods, although shopping there on a regular basis would probably start to but a strain on your finances. While everything I saw at the market seemed to be high quality, what was also high were the prices. We are staying in an apartment in the L'Eixample district of Barcelona, and very close to us is a smaller, far less touristy open-air market named Mercat Ninot. Although it's not nearly as famous and the selection isn't nearly as broad, I found the prices to be a bit more agreeable, and it's close proximity to our place results in my going there every morning to buy fresh bread and whatnot for breakfast. The moral here is that you should definitely go to La Boqueria for the experience, but if you're looking to stock up on food for your stay you should probably search out more economical options. 


I was able to buy the spices needed to make traditional Spanish Paella, a dish I've had several times despite only having been in Barcelona a few days. I can't wait to learn how to make it properly in the Spanish cooking class I'm going to take with my mom! 

Have you been to La Boqueria? What are your thoughts? 

17 comments:

tiarenie said...

i LOVE that market! especially the dried fruit and candy. there is an excellent crepe station at the front far right of the building if you're walking in.. try it!

kimberly rae said...

love!! i was in barcelona in 2008 and we stayed right on las ramblas and i went crazy when in that market taking pics....i wasn't a blogger then...but i WAS a spanish teacher! i was like, OMG, so many authentic pics for food vocabulary!! i was in teachernerdheaven! lol!

kellyelizabeth said...

gahh wish I was there, looks amazing. And those pecans and walnuts look soooooo good! :) YUM

kelly elizabeth

Maria said...

Goodness gracious this makes me so hungry.

Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland said...

Paella is the best. If you find a good recipe, share with us?

Gotta love local markets! They are just starting to open up again around here.

Alex Butts said...

ha glad all the full animals didnt make the cut because that's sadly my most vivid memory from there

High Dollar Hippie said...

Goodness your blog is too cute! I added your button to the side of my page :)

eighteenthofmay said...

That looks so awesome! Those cherries! Here they always look kind of mouldy lol

Allie said...

hahah i also bought a bag of candied nuts while I was browsing through the market. and lots of freshly squeezed juices! those were delicious! Lovely pictures, as always and I can't wait to see what you learn at your Spanish cooking class! That sounds like so much fun!

D said...

Mmm it all looks so amazing!

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to visit a nice market again too:D

blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com

Aspiring Kennedy said...

I can't get enough of local outdoor markets!

Nicole said...

i LOVE markets in other countries. they always seem to be so colorful and cheap. :)

happy sunday
xo

Nikki said...

Please tell me you had a million of those fresh juices too! I LOVED those and went to get two every time we passes St Joseph! :D x

Sara Louise said...

Since the south of France is a melting pot of French, Italian, and Spanish people, they cook a lot of Paella here too and I'm so very happy they do because I love it! My mother-in-law cooks it in this super huge pot (like a gigantic wok) in the outside oven. We eat it for days!
And I'm pinning this post on my travel board because I'm definitely going to want to hit up Mercat de la Boqueria when I get to Barcelona :)

Jeanelle said...

You are KILLIN me with the Barcelona pics!!! AHHH miss it so much.

Laura said...

I love markets :) And I love Barcelona too! It is a fantastic city. I went there to study spanish in barcelona for one year and I finally stayed in Catalunya 2 years. Leaving Barcelona was the sadest part of my life :'(
Jane

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