Barcelona has many open air markets, but the most famous is the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria–La Boqueria, for short.
This market has been in use for centuries, and today it’s a favorite among tourists and locals alike.
From brightly colored fruit to the freshest fish, fragrant spices to fine wines, and even candy, everything Barcelonians want to eat is in La Boqueria.
With all the fresh food to tempt you, you’ll probably get hungry, so get a bite to eat from one of the market’s stalls or restaurant. There are even tapas bars where you can eat standing up.
Even though the market has gained an international reputation in recent years, it still has a strong connection to the community.
The quality of the produce makes it a favorite among Barcelonian cooks, both home and professional, and many of La Boqueria’s stalls have been owned by the same families for generations.
Even if you’re not visiting the market for your groceries like the locals do, it’s worth a visit! You’ll see beautiful produce on display and merchants hawking their wares while locals go through their daily routines.
There’s no better way to get a feel for Barcelona’s history and community than a walk through La Boqueria.