Foodies visiting Spain consider the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (its official name) a temple deserving reverential pilgrimage. The spot has been a marketplace since medieval days when Raval farmers sold their produce to the inhabitants of the walled city. The current market is the largest of Barcelona’s 35 public markets. It has a sidewalk mosaic in front created by Joan Miró in the 1970s, and the metal-roofed structure is an amalgam of building styles erected between 1840 and 1914. From the outside, it resembles a train station. Inside, it is jammed with stalls selling every imaginable type of fresh produce, fish (segregated to one side), and meat (toward the back). There are bakeries and sandwich stalls and juice bars and cafes all tucked into the mix. Even if you’re not someone normally intoxicated by food, it’s an important spot to visit. Pay attention to what the stalls are selling, and you’ll quickly learn what’s fresh and in season, and can order accordingly at restaurants.
Les Rambles, 91
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Mon–Sat 8am–8:30pm Transportation Metro: Liceu Web site La Boqueria Other No phone
MapLes Rambles, 91 Barcelona
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