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La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) Tours and Activities

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La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria)
La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) is Barcelona’s busiest market and arguably one of Europe’s most popular, serving as a vibrant hub of Catalan culture. The market dates back to the 13th century, but today’s version is held in the Mercat de Sant Josep market hall, a Modernist iron and glass canopy built in 1914 along La Rambla. Piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, pails of glistening olives, and huge slabs of cheese and foie gras line the stalls, alongside an array of local seafood and varying cuts of meat—including the odd pig head.

The Basics
Whether you’re sourcing ingredients for the perfect paella or just soaking up the unique atmosphere, few experiences are as quintessentially Barcelonian as shopping in the city’s liveliest market. La Boqueria’s variety and lively atmosphere can be overwhelming, so consider a guided walking tour, which helps you navigate the crowded lanes and learn about the unique ingredients that form Catalan cuisine. To complete the foodie experience, combine a market trip with a tapas tasting or food tour of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • La Boqueria is a must for foodies.
  • Most of the fresh fruits and ready-to-eat products (jamon, empanadas, candy, etc.) are in the stalls toward the front of the market; vegetables, meats, and fish are toward the back.
  • Come hungry, and stop for a meal at one of several tapas bars.
  • Many stalls have a minimum spending requirement for credit cards, so remember to bring some cash.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet.
  • Don’t forget your camera: The market stalls rank among Barcelona’s most colorful sights.

How to Get There
La Boqueria is situated along La Rambla between the Raval and the Gothic Quarter. It’s easily accessible on foot from just about anywhere in the old city, or by riding the Green Line to the Liceu metro station.

When to Get There
La Boqueria is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8:30pm. Some of the tapas bars and fish vendors are also closed on Mondays. To avoid the crowds, go early in the day; the market is a popular lunch spot thanks to its excellent Catalan food, so expect to be elbow-to-elbow during a midday visit. In August, many Catalans go on vacation, and La  Boqueria remains closed throughout the month.

Best Buys at La Boqueria
The food stalls under La Boqueria’s roof sell a staggering variety of products, some of which are of more interest to travelers than others. The fresh seafood and cow parts are fun to look at, but if you plan to buy, opt for fresh fruits and fruit juices, thin-sliced Iberico ham, dry-cured sausage, or a bag of nuts and chocolates to enjoy later. Hungry visitors can purchase and eat raw oysters on the spot or sample traditional dishes from Catalonia—fried eggs with baby squid, razor clams with white wine, or fried artichokes with romesco sauce are traditional favorites.
Address: Rambla, 91, Barcelona, Catalonia 08002, Spain
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. Sunday Closed
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Food, Wine and History Tour with La Boqueria Market

Food, Wine and History Tour with La Boqueria Market

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Dip into Barcelona’s culinary repertoire on a half-day small-group walking tour around its foodie hotspots. With an expert guide, learn about Barcelona’s history and cuisine as you stroll the lanes, squares, and backstreets of the Gothic and El Born quarters. Call at stands at La Boqueria food market to taste local hams and cheeses, and make several food stops to sample olive oil, wine, tapas, Catalan Champagne, and more. Your tour includes lunch.
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Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

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Experience Barcelona like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour that includes skip-the-line access at the city’s most popular attraction, La Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the comfort of traveling by private vehicle to top attractions like Passeig de Gràcia, the waterfront, Montjuïc, and the Gothic Quarter. Take in Barcelona’s famous Modernisme architecture, and learn about the city from a knowledgeable guide.
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Mediterranean Cooking Class in Barcelona

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Learn to prepare some of the classic dishes of Spain and Catalonia during a half-day cooking class in Barcelona. Your cooking class can start with a market tour and takes place with a professional chef who teaches you to prepare favorites such as seafood paella. Learn the history of tapas, sample a variety of tapas, and enjoy the delicious lunch that you helped to create, accompanied by unlimited wine, beer, or soft drinks. Upgrade to begin with a fascinating tour of La Boqueria, one of Spain’s most important food markets.
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Boqueria and Santa Caterina Markets with Food and Tapas Small Group Walking Tour

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Savor Barcelona’s incredible culinary scene during this small group excursion combining a food market tour and stops at local eateries. Get lost in the maze of produce, seafood, and candy at the iconic La Boquería off the Las Ramblas. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a snack of ‘pintxos’ (northern-Spanish-style tapas) at local bar. Then explore the amazing architecture and food on display at Santa Caterina Market before finishing at a restaurant specializing in traditional meat dishes. All snacks and wine, plus a guide are included.
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Private Cooking Class and Guided Tour of La Boqueria Market

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Learn to shop, cook and eat like a Spaniard during a private, 4-hour gourmet experience in Barcelona with a professional chef. Explore the vibrant produce and food stalls of La Boqueria market, and discover the essential ingredients of Spanish cuisine. Hear the history and traditions behind Spain’s most distinctive foods as you prepare a menu of classic dishes, from seafood paella to creamy mussels and a hearty Spanish omelet. Enjoy the foods you’ve prepared alongside wine a full menu of Spanish favorites in a private, comfortable lounge.
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Get a taste for the top attractions in Barcelona during this small group tour for a maximum of 8 people of the Catalan capital. Enjoy spectacular city views and a glimpse of the 1992 Olympics complex during a stop at Montjüic. Then explore the incredible history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and tour Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard with a wealth of modernist architecture like Gaudí's La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Finish your day in Eixample at the stunning Sagrada Familia. Hotel or apartment pick-up and drop-off are included.
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