Aside from its fantastic architecture, rich history, world fair and 1992 Olympic site, Barcelona has some beautiful open air markets.
The one most frequented by visitors is La Boqueria.
Located right off Las Ramblas (metro stop L3 Liceau/Drassanes/Plaça Cataluña) it’s a must see for anyone spending time in Barcelona. Even better, it’s not jam packed with tourists! You’ll see plenty of locals purchasing their fish, vegetables, meat and embutidos there!
Fortunately most of the stall workers are tourist friendly; they won’t mind you snapping photos, but it isn’t a bad idea to ask permission first.
If you love food photography as much as I do, it’s your Mecca.
The best part of La Boqueria is definitely the juices. If you’re going, go towards the back of the market where the juices are colder, cheaper and fresher.
They have every combination imaginable.
Coconut Kiwi, Papaya Mango, Pineapple Coconut, Pineapple Strawberry, Papaya Mango, Pineapple Strawberry, Strawberry solo, Mango solo, Coconut Blackberry, Coconut Strawberry, Kiwi, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Pitahaya Coconut, Watermelon……….you name it!!
But if juices aren’t your thing, satisfy your sweet tooth with something else…
Maybe a nice kaki would be better for you (the best fruit ever….)
But, if you’re not into dairy, sweet of fruits…..there is definitely something else for you—–FRESH FISH!
One of the more popular Cataluñan sea dishes is salted cod. I’ve never tried (don’t plan on it either), but I’m assuming the salt preserves the fish. Thoughts?
Embutidos. They’re crazy about them, they have hundreds to choose from. It’s kind of like a sausage, kind of like a lunch meat. Essentially cured meat wrapped in some sort of skin. [Edit: These are cured and not processed!!!] During Christmas they have special seasonal embutidos, one that is very popular that has duck, turkey and olives.
A market without tomatoes is impossible. They love them in Cataluña. Pan con tomate is a popular appetizer…it’s essentially baguette with olive oil, garlic and smushed tomato. DELICIOUS! Blog to come on how to make Pan con tomate!