A riot of bright colors and pungent smells greets you as you step from Barcelona’s bustling Ramblas into La Boqueria Market. Once inside, visitors wind their way past mountains of artfully arranged fruits and vegetables, sweets and spices, passing butchers stalls offering gruesome-looking skinned rabbits and sheep’s heads, to reach the centre of the market. Here the day’s catch is displayed each morning, everything from sardines, tuna and monkfish to live crabs and lobsters, prawns and razor clams. The Market of St. Joseph, to use the Boqueria’s official name, was opened in 1840 on a site which had held markets since the 12th century. Today it’s the ideal place to stock up on typical Catalan and Spanish products, including Iberian ham, Manchego cheese and wild mushrooms, while the tropical fruit salads and juices make the perfect refreshing snack on a balmy Barcelona morning. Meanwhile, the tapas bars dotted around La Boqueria offer market food at its freshest, along with ample people-watching opportunities.Show lessRead moreLauren.M
C/ La Rambla 91 , Barcelona
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