La Boqueria, Barcelona!

This time last year, I was in the sunny, welcoming, and all-round fun city of Barcelona! Since then, I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but time seems to have taken lessons from Usain Bolt these days, and here we are writing this a year later.

So you can’t visit Barcelona and not visit La Rambla (a famous pedestrian mall) and you can’t visit La Rambla without visiting La Boqueria–a huge food market! In fact, having grown up in London (home to the likes of Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Sq.) I wasn’t blown away by La Rambla to be honest. But the food market made visiting it totally worthwhile.

Here are a few photos from what was my favourite spot in the city:

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria... quite a mouthful right? Fortunately its referred to simply as La Boqueria!

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria… quite a mouthful right? Fortunately its referred to simply as La Boqueria!

From a side entrance that we went in from, the first thing we saw was this fresh juice stall.

We strolled around the market for ages, grabbing snacks as we went along. Even if you’re not a “foodie” you’ll still enjoy being there and soaking in the hustling bustling atmosphere. But as a foodie, this place is even more fun!

La Boqueria Market

The most exotic selection of fruit! Check out the red mangoes in the upper left corner. The middle row includes star fruit, dragon fruit, and then in the bottom row there’s lychees, rambutan and much more!

La Boqueria Market

Spanish olives, anyone?

La Boqueria Market

Saffron (just look at that price tag!)

Fish section in La Boqueria

Fish section in La Boqueria

I’m actually not a huge seafood fan, but even I couldn’t resist a bite to eat from the neat little take-away stall pictured below. This was right next to the fish section in the market. There was a huge crowd there, being served freshly made variations of cod.

Fish n chips, Barcelona style

Fish n chips, Barcelona style

So fresh and delicious, even for a non-fish fan like me!

This photo was featured in my last blog post too, check it out for an easy mushroom “bundles” recipe!

One thing I must note is how nice and hospitable Barcelona’s residents¬†are. I was a little unprepared in terms of how little English was spoken, and knew not a single word of Spanish! But no-one ever irritably brushed me aside as Londoners sometimes do to tourists :-/

One evening I was desperately craving a glass of milk and ventured into a nearby supermarket, but couldn’t find the milk aisle! I asked a shopper, and eventually a little crowd gathered, all listening with utmost concetration trying to figure out what this strange lady (me) was saying. Suddenly one man lit up and seemed to understand and led me to an aisle with the biggest selection of chocolate milk I’d ever seen! He was so proud of himself I really didn’t have the heart to tell him I wanted regular milk :-)

Note to self: stop travelling without Google translate

Note to self: stop travelling without Google translate

I’m not the only one who fell in love with this market! Here are some other blog posts you might want to have a look at if you’re planning on visiting it too:

Rambling Through La Boqueria
La Boqueria in Barcelona – A Place to Photograph Beautiful Food
The Barcelona Food Market Scene
Barcelona – A Food Odyssey

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5 responses to “La Boqueria, Barcelona!

  1. omg this is a foodie’s heaven! It looks like you had a blast here! What I love about Europe is that there are so many unique and different cultures tucked away into one space! Ahhh all of this looks amazing :D

  2. Your post brings me so many memories of last time i went to the La Boqueria. What a beautiful place! Lovely photos.
    *kisses* Heavenly

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