Las Ramblas Market

La Boqueria is sometimes referred to as the “Las Ramblas Market,” and it is a vibrant and historic food market on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Avenue. As Barcelona’s biggest food market, La Boqueria has become popular among locals and tourists alike. Do you consider yourself a foodie? There is no doubt that a visit to La Boqueria should be at the top of your Barcelona itinerary.

A little history of this food market on Las Ramblas

The Mercat de Sant Josep, popularly known as La Boqueria, is a municipal market located on the Rambla in Barcelona (Spain).La Boqueria is the first of Barcelona’s municipal markets, and was inaugurated in 1840, on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day. After four years of construction, it was located on the land occupied until then by the convent of Sant Josep.

This historic food market is one of the oldest markets in the world, and it is known that it has maintained its current location since 1840, although the existence of an open-air market has been documented since 1217. In addition, it has received numerous awards, among which is the “Best Market in the World”, which was awarded by the World Markets Congress, which took place in 2005 in Washington, United States.

The Boqueria Market is an example of modernist architecture of the time, with the use of materials such as iron, a project that was assigned to the architect Mas Vilà. The modernist arch of its entrance decorated with geometric stained glass windows in brown, yellow and blue colors and resting on two columns decorated with a ceramic brittle, was a project of the architect A. Falquera in 1913 and restored in 2012.

 Try Barcelona’s Finest Fresh Produce

Vegetable stand at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona selling fresh produce.

A vendor at La Boqueria in Barcelona selling fresh produce.

The Boqueria Market has an area of 2,583 square meters and more than 300 stalls of all kinds of goods, so you can buy all kinds of fish, vegetables, fruits…, and some bars to have a drink during your visit.

La Boqueria market in Barcelona

La Boqueria, as seen from inside its metal structure.

What will I find in La Boqueria?

Like many markets, it is an explosion of colors, smells and flavors. You will find stalls of all kinds: poultry and eggs, bacon and charcuterie, butchers, specialties, fruits and vegetables, nuts and dried fruits, legumes, offal, olives and preserves, salted fish…. Do not miss the central part, where the fishmongers are located, it is very colorful, although in colorful who win are the greengrocers who organize the product in a way that makes you want to try everything.

For a deep dive into the history of this emblematic market, we highly recommended to visit La Boqueria with a local guide because there are so many interesting facts that you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Discover Local Specialties 

Fuet sausages being sold at La Boqueria Market

Cured meat sausages sold at a market stand in La Boqueria.

Embark on a culinary adventure as you meander through the aisles of La Boqueria and try local delicacies like “Jamón Ibérico,” the popular cured Iberian ham, and “Fuet,” a thin dry-cured Catalan sausage. 

And for those of you with a sweet tooth, many stalls also offer delectable treats. Be sure to try some “Turrón,” which is a traditional Spanish nougat typically eaten around Christmas time.

This market is the perfect place to find gifts and souvenirs for the foodies!

Opening hours of La Boqueria Market

From Monday to Saturday: from 8:00 to 20:30 h.
Closing days: Sundays, January 1st, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May 1st, Easter Monday Granada or second Easter, June 24th, August 15th, September 11th and 24th, November 1st, December 25th and December 26th.

If you want to see the Boqueria at its best, visit it first thing in the morning when the goods are fresh and full to bursting.
If you want to find bargains, stop by at the last minute: there are bargains and sales!

How to get there

Metro: L3 Liceu

Bus: V13, 59 and Tourist Bus (Red Route, stop Barri Gòtico)

Why you should visit the Boqueria market

  • Because it is a place with a soul: the sales, the hustle and bustle, the colors, the smells, the roguishness of the seller… transform it into a lively and super entertaining space. The food is not placed on cold shelves like in supermarkets, here the food is the real protagonist.
  • It is a marvel for the eyes and a delight for the palate where you can mingle with regular shoppers and many (and I repeat MANY) tourists who come from all corners of the world to visit every day.
  • Stroll through all the stalls (don’t just go down the central aisle, where the most expensive and crowded stalls are, move away and discover all the nooks and crannies of the Boqueria.
  • Try a fruit smoothie (they start at 1€) to get your strength back.
  • Take lots of photos: La Boqueria is probably the most photogenic market in the world!

Explore La Rambla’s Vibrant Surroundings

street lamps on Las Ramblas

Street lamps on La Rambla

Situated on La Rambla avenue, La Boqueria is surrounded by a treasure trove of Barcelona’s most iconic attractions. 

Here are some of the best things to do in the area: 

  • Pay a visit to Liceu, which is one of the most significant opera houses in Europe, which is just a short walk from La Boqueria
  • See an artwork by Joan Miró situated on La Rambla, close to Liceu. 
  • Wander into Barcelona’s beautiful Gothic Quarter and marvel at the incredible architecture and scenic narrow streets.
  • Visit Plaza Catalunya at the top of La Rambla, an important landmark consisting of a large square with sculptures and fountains in the center of the city.
  • If you’re looking for a burst of color, look out for the traditional flower stalls along La Rambla. 
  • Take a walk down La Rambla all the way to the bottom where you’ll find the Columbus Monument. From here, you can continue walking until you reach Rambla del Mar or you can even head to Barcelona’s sunny palm tree-lined beach, known as Barceloneta beach.

 

Curious to experience the flavours of Barcelona’s most iconic food market?

Now that you know a bit more about this food lover’s treasure cove, you may also find yourself interested in enjoying a fully immersive Gastronomic Tour of Barcelona with a Visit to La Boqueria.

Guided tours are some of the best ways to see the city because of the valuable insights offered by the local guides.

Guided tour of La Boqueria market

A Barcelona Local Experiences guide showing visitors around the market during a tour.

Feel free to join us here!