“La Boqueria is a gastronomic temple, a place that congregates all the phases in the food chain, from the producers, harvesters, butchers and fishmongers who provide the food, to the individual and professional clients who wander through this magnificent, characteristic maze of traders in charge of the market stalls.”– Ferran Adrià, Chef at El Bulli Restaurant
Mercat de La Boqueria
La Boqueria is one of the largest and liveliest markets in all of Spain with over 200 stalls selling everything from candy to fish. This magnificent open-air market attracts locals and tourists alike looking for something tasty to eat on the go, buying ingredients for dinner or simply to enjoy a cold drink at one of the tapas bars.
La Boqueria is located about two thirds of the way down La Rambla in central Barcelona. This unique experience is an attraction not to be missed. You’ll know when you have arrived because of the large amount of people trying to make there way into this colorful and busy place. A huge La Boqueria sign and a Dunken Donuts mark the grand iron entrance. Yes, we stopped by to eat a doughnut.
Once inside the large amount of sights, sounds and food overwhelm your senses. Everywhere you turn are beautifully decorated stalls that call your name and entice your inner foodie. We spent a good portion of the morning wandering around the market’s walkways, tasting and drinking anything we could get on the go. My boyfriend and I had a huge muffin, fruit cups, fruit juices, corn tamales, ham, veggie wraps, organic salads, veggie quiche and a couple of beers all in the span of a couple of hours. My favorite grab and go treats were the fruit cups and yummy drinks, which were both refreshing and delicious and for price that could not be beat, €1.00 – €2.00 for a cup.
After we left the hustle and bustle of La Boqueria, we walked down the alleyways and made our way to the Plaça Reial, a square in Barri Gòtic right next to La Rambla. Known for its many outdoor venues, restaurants and nightclubs, Placa Reial is a very poplar place during the summer. We ended this half of the day with a delicious coffee with friends.
You can view what I wore on my previous outfit post, A Casual Outfit for Traveling.
Fun Travel Photos by: @peterlang