Shopping at La Boqueria

La Boqueria market in Barcelona, Spain, is one of the oldest markets in the country, where tourists mingle with chefs. This photo essay takes you inside.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has travelled the world full time since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.

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La Boqueria markets, Barcelona

When it comes to Spain, there seems to be nothing more important than food.

Every meal becomes a feast – a long rambling expedition down a path of courses, helped along with many a glass of wine.

But it’s not just the quantity which is important… quality is a vital factor in the enjoyment of these meals. And that’s why the markets are so important to the Spanish.

La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain

Here in Barcelona, the most famous of all the markets is La Boqueira, just off the main street of La Rambla.

Over the years, it has become more of an attraction for tourists and the actual commerce of the city has increasingly moved away.

But in the early mornings, before the crowds descend, the chefs and restauranteurs of Barcelona still come to La Boqueira for much of their produce.

La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain

Today I have joined the tourist crowds and the casual Spanish shoppers, in the sense that the professional marketeers have been gone for hours.

I’m staying in an apartment in Barcelona with accommodation website HouseTrip, and we are trying to live like locals. Hence the market experience.

There are hundreds of stalls here, selling fish, meat, cheese, fruit vegetables and more.

Occasionally one jumps out at me – the shop selling snails, or the vibrant colours of the lollies.

Here, in this photo essay, you can get a taste of what it is like to wander through the labyrinth of the undercover markets amongst the smells, sights and tastes of the ingredients of Spain.

La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Markets, Barcelona, Spain

Time Travel Turtle was a guest of accommodation website HouseTrip and Context Travel Tours but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

18 thoughts on “Shopping at La Boqueria”

    • Ha ha – yeah, it is very hard not to eat a little bit of everything. All the food looks so good. The cheese… the ham… the fruits… the lollies. Yum. Maybe not the snails, though 🙂

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  1. One of my favourite places to go to in Barcelona. Best tip, head there around noon wander around the colourful and varied stalls. Check out the amazing Fish market area. Then eat in one of the places on the edge of the market. You are spolit for choice.
    If you need an obscure ingredient and live in Barcelona you´ll find it here.

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    • Oh yeah, it would’ve been the best place to get fruit. Even though (as I mentioned) it can be a bit touristy these days, it still has a great selection of food – including the fruits, of course.

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  2. Certainly one of the favorite locations to visit within Barcelona. Greatest word of advice, scalp at this time there around noon stroll about the colorful and varied stalls. Read the wonderful Species of fish market region. Next eat within one of many locations for the border of the market. You’re spolit for decision.
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