Markets of Barcelona
By Viator, April 2014
Whether you’re seeking out a market adventure or not, La Boqueria is a fundamental stop when visiting Barcelona. Officially called the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, this centrally located market – situated just off Las Ramblas -- opened back in 1853, and is the place to go for a literal taste of what makes Spain’s second-largest city tick. Peruse the many stalls of produce, meats, fishes, pastries, and more, and then, whenever you work up a hunger, grab a stool at one of the several open-air bars in order to sample some tapas.
For a more modern market experience, head to the recently refurbished Santa Caterina market located in the La Ribera district. Originally opened in 1848, the market underwent renovations in 2005, and now boasts a new look, with its colorful, undulating rooftop, and a traditional interior filled with food stalls and restaurants. One of those restaurants is Cuines Santa Caterina, a great place for a sit-down market-inspired fusion meal.
For the largest of Barcelona markets, head to Mercat de Sant Antoni. Situated in the Eixample district, the expansive structure dates back to 1882, and offers a more local and authentic look at the Barcelona market. Among its inside stalls, you’ll find typical fare, like produce and meats, but also tapas bars scattered throughout should you wish to refuel. Then, outside, you can score other random goods, especially on Sunday mornings, when a slew of stalls sell second-hand books, stamps and magazines for your collecting pleasure.
Loads of other markets abound too -- from other food markets, like the one located in the fishermen district of La Barceloneta, to actual flea markets like the Sunday-morning Mercantic, where you can scope out antiques, or Els Encants, the place where one man’s junk might very well be your treasure. Happy shopping!
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