Markets have always been a large part of the Spanish culture, and it’s particularly true in Barcelona.  Entire towns and neighborhoods were formed around open-air markets.  In fact, each neighborhood has its own market where farmers and vendors come and set up booths to sell their goods, whether it is produce, meats, olives, sweets or even fresh pasta to this very day.

The Mercat de la Boqueria originated as an open-air market and actually set in front of the gates of the old city wall.  The market continued to grow and another market also grew nearby in another nearby square of the city. Eventually, there was so much competition between the two markets, that they were joined as one.

If you visit the Las Ramblas, which you must do if you’re visiting Barcelona, you’ll find the La Boqueria right off the pedestrian walkway. You will find that this market is often very crowded because it’s set up and decorative display of all the products are a must see for tourists and visitors to Barcelona.

You’ll find that the market is set up in a grid like fashion with a large seafood market set up in a circular formation in the middle.  Generally, you’ll find that all of the meats are in one area, produce are in another area and so on.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to grab lunch while you’re visiting the Las Ramblas, this is a great place to go.  You can find cured hams, fresh fruit and smoothies, prepared seafood and even freshly made crepes to order.

If you want a taste of how the locals do their grocery shopping, visit the La Boqueria.  Although this is a highly populated market by tourists, locals of the neighborhood still come here to buy their fresh meats and produce.  You’ll be amazed at this unique market.