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Barcelona Sights

La Boqueria

Updated 03/10/2014

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Barcelona's most spectacular food market, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep, is an explosion of life and color graced with wonderful little tapas bar-restaurants (with counter seating only). Stall after stall of fruit, herbs, wild mushrooms, vegetables, nuts, candied preserves, cheese, ham, fish, poultry, and provender of every imaginable genus and strain greet you as you turn in from La Rambla and wade through the throng of shoppers and casual visitors. Under a Moderniste

hangar of wrought-iron girders and stained glass, the market occupies a neoclassical square built in 1840 by architect Francesc Daniel Molina. The ionic columns visible around the edges of the market were part of the mid-19th-century neoclassical square constructed here after the original Sant Josep convent was torn down, uncovered in 2001 after more than a century of neglect. Highlights include the sunny greengrocer's market outside (to the right if you've come in from La Rambla), along with Pinotxo (Pinocchio), just inside to the right, where owner Juanito Bayén and his family serve some of the best food in Barcelona. (The secret? "Fresh, fast, hot, salty, and garlicky.") Pinotxo—marked with a ceramic portrait of the wooden-nosed prevaricator himself—is typically overbooked. But take heart; the Kiosko Universal, over toward the port side of the market, or Quim de la Boqueria both offer delicious alternatives. Don't miss the herb- and wild-mushroom stand at the back of La Boqueria, with its display of fruits del bosc (fruits of the forest): wild mushrooms, herbs, nuts, and berries.

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La Rambla 91, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain

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  • Mon.–Sat. 8–8

Updated 03/10/2014

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Jul 20, 2010

Boqueria Review

A good place to buy fresh food where people can buy fresh fruits in a plastic box, fresh fruit juice... including oyster to eat directly !!! What i like the most it is to eat on one of the bars, the bad point is that it is very crowded so the waiting can be very long but worth it really, check www.world-rt.com it was very useful for us because of the many local info

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Jun 5, 2006

Sweet

Good times to be had at Boqueria man

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Jan 2, 2006

Just plain

Not much different from other covered markets in Europe, ok to stop if you are walking along the Rambla but not worth a detour. Nicest thing is the modernist-style entrance archway.

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