La Boqueria is Barcelona’s diverse and delectable premier market, full of culinary treats. It’s a feast for the eyes with produce in every color of the rainbow, famous Spanish cheese, and meats and sumptuous local desserts specialties. Its reputation is known far and wide and both locals and visitors stream into the market to sample delicacies and do their food shopping. Some estimates say 40,000 customers come per day!
Why La Boqueria is so popular
La Boqueria is located right in the heart of Barcelona’s popular Ciudad Vieja district and is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. It has a rich history dating back to 1217 when the first stands popped up in the place we know as the market today! In 1777 the stalls were moved to several different locations, finding a home back at their current location today and being officially recognized by The Marquis of Campo Sagrado in 1827. At that time, this Barcelona market had 200 stalls. On March 19, 1840, the market’s foundation stone was officially laid and it kept growing in size throughout the 1800s. La Boqueria got a sophisticated touch from architect Antoni de Falguera, who installed the beautiful modernist Rambla arches in the early 1900s and since then the market has enjoyed many renovations and improvements, as well as a steady rise in popularity. It is largely accepted to be Barcelona’s best Old World Market, selling traditional and unique fare as well as amazing Catalan food.
Great Barcelona Food
This Barcelona market has been described as heaven on earth, a foodie paradise of enchanting sights and smells. It is the place in Barcelona to enjoy delicious, authentic Catalan food. From calamari fresh from the sea to creamy risottos and hearty bacallà salat (salted cod), It has an impressive array of prepared specialties. You’ll have trouble choosing your favorite and are sure not to leave hungry! Wait times for prepared foods range from 20-25 minutes and it’s advisable to get to the market early to avoid lines.
Try your hand at making authentic Catalan cuisine with some of the market’s specialty ingredients! Don’t miss the jamon, or ham. There is no ham like Spanish ham and it’s a Barcelona food staple! Swing by the produce section for lovely red peppers and fresh garlic, as well as the finest parmesan cheese you’ll find in Barcelona and you have the building blocks of Romesco sauce, a Catalan staple. Grab some juicy tomatoes and a crispy baguette and you’ll be able to enjoy Pan a la Catalana, a simple and savory snack of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and bread.
Put La Boqueria on your Barcelona To-Do List
This market is synonymous with amazing food that comes in all varieties, but the origin of its name comes from ‘boc’ which means goat. At one time, goat was the most popular meat sold at this versatile market! Now you can get any meat, cheese, vegetable or Catalan speciality immaginable!