GRATIS IN BARCELONA!… La Boqueria, the market in Las Ramblas

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria , often simply referred to as La Boqueria , is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona , Catalonia , Spain and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla , not far from the Liceu , Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.

Construction began on March 19, 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vilà . The market officially opened in the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times. The inauguration of the structure finally took place in 1853. A new fish market opened in 1911, and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914.

The commercial supply is in abundance and varies greatly: fresh fish and seafood; salty fish; tinned food; butchery and offal; birds; game and eggs; fruits and vegetables; herbs; delicatessen; breads and pastries; restaurants; frozen items; artisan products; charcuterie; farmers’ shops; wine; and even a Greek and an Italian hand made pasta stall have joined the consortium/maelstrom that keeps La Boqueria alive. After all, the market is all about its people!

Transport
• Metro de Barcelona – Liceo (a L3 ). Barcelona Metro – Liceu (on L3 ).
• Barcelona Bus – Líneas 14, 59 y 91. Barcelona Bus – Lines 14, 59 and 91.

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One Response to GRATIS IN BARCELONA!… La Boqueria, the market in Las Ramblas

  1. annabel says:

    Is there a better way to experience the culture of a city than tour one of its markets and learn to cook all of the beautiful ingredients? La Boqueria is fantastic! I went to Barcelona recently and found a great cooking school that actually tours la boqueria.

    The school is run by a guy called Joel who calls himself Papa Serra Jr. after his grandfather who was called papa serra : )

    He runs ‘papa serra – Culinary Adventures in Barcelona’, which was without doubt one of the highlights of our long weekend in Barcelona. I had visited Barcelona several times but it was on this trip with my boyfriend and his parents that I felt I got a true sense of what Barcelona is about – the people, food and culture.

    We began with a tour of La Boqueria (greeted with Cava!) where we purchased a few fresh ingredients and got to see all the amazing seafood, fruits and vegetables, cheeses and jamon, and more jamon!

    Then we walked to the apartment next to the market, which was a very relaxed space and got to taste some tapas joel had prepared for us. Cheese, honey, coffee and nuts and a melon dish with queso fresco. They were beautiful and got our mouths watering. It was great to see how passionate about Spanish and Catalan food the chef was and set such a fun atmosphere for the rest of the day.

    The food we cooked was some of the best i’ve tried in Barcelona. A real gazpacho, stuffed peppers, chorizo in cider and pears with saffron cream. It was just so fresh and the perfect representation of Spanish food and very different from what you will find on Las Ramblas!

    We also learnt how to cook what was quite possibly the best tapa i tried in Barcelona. It was chicken poached in wine and lemon then mixed with saffron yogurt, black grapes and toasted almonds. Then it was wrapped in a radicchio and lightly braised in the poaching liquid. Then we dipped it in a spice mix of fennel seeds, bee pollen and lemon zest. It was so delicious and a highlight taste of our holiday!

    We had a great time and tasted four wines from different parts of Spain. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting a unique and memorable experience in Barcelona. I found the information on the website http://www.papaserra.com where you can make a reservation. Enjoy!

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