Escape of the Week: La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Written by on November 7, 2012 in Escapes, Guest Posts - 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by travel blogger Nic Freeman.

Strolling through the bustling La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona is a bit like falling down a Spanish rabbit hole into a vibrant, food-filled wonderland: once there, your senses become saturated and you are led on a journey of delights, adventures, bizarre encounters and cultural quirks.

La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Also known as Mercat St Josep and The Boqueria Market, this produce-laden labyrinth is tucked just off Barcelona’s vibrant pedestrian vein, La Ramblas, offering an insight to the joys of Catalan food, language and culture. With roots dating back to the Middle Ages, La Boqueria has a long history of local trade and quality produce that has contributed to the dynamic, interactive and award-winning market that attracts local food experts, Barcelona residents and tourists today.

Meat for sale at  La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Meat for sale at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

As you weave along the tightly packed isles you’ll find bright, freshly-cut fruits buried in ice and legs of pork dangling overhead.

 Chocolate delights at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Chocolate delights at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

You’ll see wheels of cheese stacked tall, and piles of chocolates, sweets and nutty nougat concoctions that bring out the child in everyone.

Fish vendors at  La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Fish vendors at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

There are rows of fish vendors touting their sales with fluid Catalan tongues, and crooked little nannas pulling produce-stacked trolleys through the thick crowd.

Fresh produce at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

Fresh produce at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona

I was so delighted with this market that I found myself drawn back three times over the three days I was in Barcelona, seeking out morning coffee, picnic supplies and a evening snack before the late 10pm Spanish dinner sitting.

Getting there:

La Boqueria is part way along La Ramblas in central Barcelona and an easy walking distance from the metro hub, Catalunya. Starting from Catalunya, just walk down La Ramblas, past the tourist stalls, florists and street performers, towards the Barceloneta seaside. Mid way along La Ramblas, you will see the entrance arch to the undercover market on your right side.

The market is live and ready for you to visit between Monday and Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm. It makes a great first stop along the Barcelona tourist trail, with espresso and vino for €1.10, picnic and sightseeing-appropriate snacks and plenty of opportunities to practice your Spanish pleases and thank you.

About the Author

Nic Freeman is a traveller and writer with a passion for the bright side of life. She has wandered the souqs of Jordan, tasted grasshoppers in Cambodia, witnessed a sunrise from the summit of Mt Sinai and joined the Camino pilgrim trail across Spain. Currently travelling through Europe for nine months, Nic is brimming with stories about the faraway places that she always dreamed of seeing, and the delights of life that she’s found along the way.

You can follow Nic’s travel adventures on her blog at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

3 Comments on "Escape of the Week: La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona"

  1. Koren @ City Gal November 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm · Reply

    I love a good local market! Added bonus if it sells chocolate!

    • Diana November 14, 2012 at 10:19 am · Reply


  2. Michaela November 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm · Reply

    I love when I run across these types of markets. It’s easy to get carried away with wanting to try everything. The smells are so enticing and I find myself wanting a little bit of this and some of that!

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