One of the reasons, I chose to visit Spain was the food.  Who doesn’t love tapas and a glass or two of Rioja wine?  We took a pintxos cooking class in San Sebastian, and in Barcelona, we visited La Boqueria Market.  The market has been open since 1840, so you know it must be special.

One of the aisles in La Boqueria Market. - "La Boqueria Market: Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
One of the aisles in La Boqueria Market.

We decided to go to the market for a quick breakfast.  La Boqueria was a short walk from our hotel.  It is located close to La Rambla, the famous pedestrian street in central Barcelona.  The closest metro stop is Liceu on the green line (L3).  We arrived shortly after it opened at 8 am and it was pretty quiet, some stalls weren’t open yet.  I have heard it gets really crowded, so I would recommend that you try to go early too.  

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Also, please make sure you are careful with your belongings as pickpockets love crowded markets.  One of those anti-theft wallets that you can wear under your clothes might come in handy.  I would also recommend that you get euros before going to La Boqueria as not all merchants will accept credit cards.

A mix of seafood, meat, and other goodies...-"La Boqueria Market - Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
A mix of seafood, meat, and other goodies…

So what can you buy at the La Boqueria Market? Meats, cheeses, seafood, bread, olives, pastries (empanadas), fruits, vegetables, juices, candy, gelato, and popsicles, to name a few.  You can buy large portions to take home or smaller ones to try while you are there.  

A pretty impressive selection of olives at La Boqueria Market. - "La Boqueria Market: Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
A pretty impressive selection of olives at La Boqueria Market.

There was a really impressive selection of fruits, vegetables, and juices.  I was impressed to see dragonfruit – a fruit with a red skin, white/red pulp, and black seeds – which I really see in the US.  Since I was thirsty and it was only €1, I did try one of the juices, which was really refreshing.  

They had paper cones filled with ham and chips as well as ham and cheese. Great for sharing. - "La Boqueria Market: Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
They had paper cones filled with ham and chips as well as ham and cheese. Great for sharing.

We also had to sample the meats and cheeses.  We tried one of the samplers that they serve in a paper cone and it was delicious.  We also explored the seafood section.  You could tell the seafood was really fresh because some was still alive! In addition to the raw seafood, they did have some cooked that you could try there.

Some of the fresh seafood. They also had crabs that were still moving! - "La Boqueria Market: Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
Some of the fresh seafood. They also had crabs that were still moving!

Empanadas are one of my favorite foods so of course, I had to try them.  There are all sorts of shapes and sizes and types, so it was hard to choose.  My high school Spanish really came in handy here, I was able to figure out what we were ordering.  The spinach one we had was a little disappointing but we did really enjoy the one filled with ham.  

Empanadas are one of my favorite foods! - "La Boqueria Market - Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
Empanadas are one of my favorite foods!

The prices vary between the stalls so don’t just buy at the first place that you see.  If you like, you can try bargaining too.  We only bought small items and I thought they were reasonably priced so I didn’t feel the need to try or maybe it was because it was so early in the morning.

In addition to the typical stalls you would expect to see at a market, there are tapas bars as well.  You can just grab a seat at the bar and place your order.  If you like you can also have a glass of wine or cava.

Russell and Anisa at La Boqueria Market - " La Boqueria Market: Come Hungry!" - Two Traveling Texans
Russell and Anisa at La Boqueria Market

We made two mistakes when planning our visit to La Boqueria.  First, we weren’t that hungry.  There was so much food that we wanted to try, but there just wasn’t room in our stomachs.  Secondly, we didn’t leave enough time.  Of course, you can just walk through the market but I really enjoyed seeing all the stalls and what they had to offer.  I would have like to relax at one of the tapas bars too.

Have you been to La Boqueria Market? What did you buy?

Anisa

Expert Tips for Visiting La Boqueria Market:

  • La Boqueria Market is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8.30pm.
  • If you have a refrigerator where you are staying like most vacation rentals, you could buy food for future meals.  If you can bring ziploc bags, this will help make sure the food stays fresh.  This could be a real budget saver.
  • Don’t buy from the first stall you see, the prices will vary so check around.

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