La Boqueria

Price guide: Free

La Rambla 89, Barcelona, 08001

Price guide: Free

La Boqueria
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By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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expert-rated things to do in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Foodies, Shopping

Expert review of La Boqueria

The biggest food market in Europe, and a sight in itself.

The Boqueria is one of the unmissable sights along La Rambla, even if you have no intention of buying anything. Near the entrance are the fruit and vegetable stalls, the produce piled in impossibly balanced displays, while beyond are charcuterie and butcher’s stalls, and in the centre a Gaudíesque fish ‘island’, where monstrous-looking molluscs, still-skittering crustaceans and seafood of every hue sits on piles of ice.

Within the market there are also a handful of tapas stalls. My favourite is Bar Pinotxo, but further in Quim de la Boqueria is also good.

Expert tips: 
The stalls at the front are designed mainly to attract tourists, and you’ll pay less for the same products the further back you go.

More information on La Boqueria:

Price guide:
Market / bazaar
La Rambla 89, Barcelona, 08001
93 318 25 84
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm. Closed Sundays.

Have you been to La Boqueria? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

I literally could have walked through this market for hours. There was so much food and so many smells and things I would never expect to see in America. I'd definitely recommend going and if you do, try one of the many flavors of smoothies (especially the coconut).