Fodor's Expert Review La Boqueria

La Rambla Market/Bazaar Fodor's Choice
Food, Market, La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's most spectacular food market, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep, is an explosion of life and color, with tapas bar-restaurants (counter seating only). Stall after stall of fruit, herbs, veggies, nuts, candied preserves, cheese, ham, fish, poultry, and provender of all kinds greet you as you turn in from La Rambla and wade through the throng of shoppers and casual visitors. (The market has become such a popular venue that tourist groups of 15 people or more are banned from 8 am to 3 pm, Friday and Saturday. To avoid crowds, go before 8 am or after 5 pm.) Under a Moderniste hangar of wrought-iron girders and stained glass, the market occupies a neoclassical square built in 1840, after the original Sant Josep convent was torn down, by architect Francesc Daniel Molina. The Ionic columns around the edges of the market were part of the mid-19th-century square, uncovered in 2001 after more than a century of neglect. Highlights include the sunny greengrocers' market outside... READ MORE

Barcelona's most spectacular food market, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep, is an explosion of life and color, with tapas bar-restaurants (counter seating only). Stall after stall of fruit, herbs, veggies, nuts, candied preserves, cheese, ham, fish, poultry, and provender of all kinds greet you as you turn in from La Rambla and wade through the throng of shoppers and casual visitors. (The market has become such a popular venue that tourist groups of 15 people or more are banned from 8 am to 3 pm, Friday and Saturday. To avoid crowds, go before 8 am or after 5 pm.) Under a Moderniste hangar of wrought-iron girders and stained glass, the market occupies a neoclassical square built in 1840, after the original Sant Josep convent was torn down, by architect Francesc Daniel Molina. The Ionic columns around the edges of the market were part of the mid-19th-century square, uncovered in 2001 after more than a century of neglect. Highlights include the sunny greengrocers' market outside (to the right if you enter 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." If it's too crowded to find a seat, the Kiosko Universal, over toward the port side of the market, and Quim de la Boqueria, both offer delicious alternatives. Don't miss the fruits del bosc (fruits of the forest) specialty stand at the back of the market, with its display of wild mushrooms, herbs, nuts, and berries.

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La Rambla 91
Barcelona, Catalonia  08002, Spain

93-318–2017

www.boqueria.info

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Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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