Visiting the markets it is the best way to get in touch with the local lifestyle and the traditional products and food.You get to know a local society when you see how they eat!Going to one of the markets will be a great way to get in contact with locals, see what their meals are made of, what spices do they use, what grows in their farms…
Barcelona is known for tapas dishes such as patatas bravas,mussels and sausage, marinated olives, cheeses, as well as seafood paellas and delicious craft beers. If you want to try local produce, or purchase your own to cook in the apartment, markets can be a great opportunity for finding inexpensive food and beverages plus small restaurants within a lively atmosphere on Spanish holidays.
Today we are going to share with you the best marketplaces in Barcelona:
1.La Boqueria market
this is the most famous food market in Barcelona.Accessible via La Rambla,this market has attracted tourists for decades with it’s wonderful aromas and magnificent colourful stalls.Although it is a very popular tourist attraction it still retains plenty of authenticity and charm.
exotic fruits, vegetables, fish and meat as well as a couple of fantastic tapas bars.La Boqueria offers ready-made fresh fruit salads,fresh mushrooms, literally fresh out of the sea still moving crabs and lobsters ,chocolate and salamis,etc.You can also pick up a refreshing fruit smoothie, or just stroll through to soak up the unique atmosphere.
Mercat de Sant Josep/ La Boqueria
Address: La Rambla de Sant Josep
Metro:Liceu, (Green Line, L3)
Monday – Saturday: 08:00 – 20:30
2.Sant Antoni market
Another popular market is Sant Antoni which local Barcelona residents claim is even livelier, fresher, and much more authentic than La Boqueria.
On Sundays from 08:00 – 15:00 just outside the market there is a book and coin market for all the collectors out there. You will find a tremendous assortment of old books, magazines, comics and postcards.
Address: Ronda Sant Pau/Carrer Comte d’Urgell
Metro:Sant Antoni (Purple Line, L2)
Mondays – Saturdays:07:00 – 14:30; 17:00 – 20:30
Friday:07:00 – 20:30
3.Santa Caterina market
Santa Caterina market is located only 5 minutes walk from the Boqueria. It could be considered the little sister of the famous one. If you want to run away from the crowds of tourists in the Boqueria (the most famous market in Barcelona), this is definitely going to be your favorite market in Barcelona: similar offer and less people.There are over 100 food stalls, restaurants and an amazing polychrome roof designed as a billowing magic carpet and covered with ceramic tiles. Over one hundred market stalls, several cafes and one of Barcelona’s best restaurants called Cuines Santa-Caterina.However,the market was recently renovated and it doesn’t have the same charm as the Ramblas market.