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La Boqueria

This thriving market is bursting with Catalan culture and fantastic food.

TravelCurious Tip

Try a cooking lesson at the renowned Boqueria Food School, led by excellent chefs and sommeliers.

Barcelona’s freshest

La Boqueria has existed in some form since 1217, when traders set up stalls by the old city gate. This location endured as the home of the market for many years, and in 1470 expanded to include a pig market. The open-air market on Rambla de Sant Josep was officially recognised in 1827, and La Boqueria has operated there ever since, with a metal roof added in 1914.

The market is a gastronomic paradise. A sense of order prevails in its lively atmosphere: colourful pyramids of fruit and vegetables, freshly squeezed fruit juices, hanging legs of cured meat, confectionery, cheeses, fresh bread, fish – it’s all here and all local.

Market leaders

Many of the traders are the third or fourth generation stallholders, proudly upholding Barcelona’s finest gourmet traditions. The hottest restaurants in town get all their fresh ingredients here. Indeed, La Boqueria is recognised as one of the best markets in the world, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

The food is great value as well as excellent quality. Chocolate con churros is available for breakfast, and you can get a slice of pizza straight from the oven to keep you going as you browse the beautiful and fragrant stalls. Make sure to visit La Boqueria for a real taste of Catalan living.

Nearby Attractions

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Plaça de Catalunya
The historic central point of Barcelona.
Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s oldest and most atmospheric district.
Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Picasso Museum
A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.
Barcelona Cathedral
A magnificent Gothic cathedral in the old centre of Barcelona, and the seat of the Archbishop of Spain.
La Rambla
A bustling tree-line promenade through the heart of Barcelona.

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