Mercat de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria
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Officially known as the Mercat de San Josep as it was built on a former monastery, La Boqueria is a popular food market along Barcelona's touristy La Rambla stretch. Dating back to the 13th century, this colorful market is the largest in the city, home to more than 300 stalls renowned for selling some of the freshest produce—including meats, vegetables, cold cuts, sweets, and seafood. Join a food and drink tasting tour with a local to better enjoy the delicious delicacies on display and learn more about the market's history. The market can be easily reached by the metro. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-meter boulevard, and a major draw for visitors. During the day, La Rambla fills with pedestrians, some of which stroll past impressive human statues and artists while others take a break to people-watch while enjoying a drink at one of the many terraces. Housed here is the iconic Boqueria Market that offers one of the most varied and appetizing selections of local produce and specialty meats and treats. While it’s important for tourists to keep an eye on their belongings at all times, this area is most safely explored in the daytime and is a must see for everyone who visits.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 2 min walk
  • Jaume I • 8 min walk
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  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,898 contributions
    Full of life
    This was a busy, vibrant undercover market. There are lots of great small items available to buy and consume as you walk and also a few spots where you can sit and enjoy the offerings at the counter. Well worth a look.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • candice g
    Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom252 contributions
    We Went Twice!
    This is a very touristy open-air market. Very busy, we went both times in the evening. Some items are very pricey, others reasonable. I managed to pick up some cooking salts for souvenirs. I caved & brought some chocolate strawberries on a stick & fresh juice which was lush! A very impressive display of stalls & I loved the vibrant atmosphere!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 27, 2023
  • tgou.
    New Waterford, Canada4 contributions
    Fast busy beautiful market
    Lovely market ! On our recent trip to Spain we did a day trip to Barcelona and this market was at the top of our list and it did not disappoint!! It’s a super busy market with people everywhere but totally worth it everything is fairly priced and all so delicious the fruit smoothies are a must same with the spicy chicken empanadas! Make sure you add this spot to your list of things to do/see
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 11, 2023
  • Jonathan S
    18 contributions
    BEST MARKETPLACE IN BARCELONA
    THE greatest place to have breakfast AND lunch!...hundreds of vendors and booths to see and taste....everything so fresh. I had baby squid and eggs at LQUIM and lunch later in the day with some of the freshest seafood we ever ate. Had to walk up and down La Rambla 3X to walk it all off. A MUST MARKET to visit.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Chunkeeventures
    Miami, Florida136 contributions
    Plenty of options! Multiple food to eat there and markets to buy and take home
    Very busy but multiple vendors, plenty of options to choose from and lots of locations near the back that have seats for bar style sitting. Had a few empanadas from different vendors and a vermouth white and dark from one of the bars of the back. If in barcelona this is a must visit as it is an experience of a culinary buffet!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Kane Errol Choa
    Makati, Philippines522 contributions
    Nice to visit, think before you buy
    Lively market visited by mostly tourists. Lots of interesting food to try. Walk around. Try some snacks. Think before you buy other stuff. Prices are jacked up for tourists. You can buy the items cheaper elsewhere.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2023
  • David B
    St Ives, United Kingdom56 contributions
    Great selection but check pricing.
    An amazing little market with lots of variety and fresh food. Only downside was the pricing. Very sporadic as to if they had prices or not. I went to buy a few chocolates after a vender kindly gave us a free sample. As there was only a few chocolates (aprox 8) I was shocked to find out this cost 16 euros!! So make sure to ask for a price before agreeing to buy if you go. But well worth a visit none the less.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia26,757 contributions
    Here you can buy groceries and eat well.
    Usually in European cities, the market square and the cathedral square were separated. In the case of Boqueria, everything is in one place. The fact is that one of the oldest markets in the world (first mentioned in 1217), previously located on the site of the Rambla, was moved to the site of the demolished monastery of St. Joseph in 1835. The market was originally a meat market, from which the name apparently originates. The Catalan "boc" means "goat". The influential Jewish community of Barcelona highly appreciated this specific meat. A lot of time has passed since then and now you probably won't find goat meat on Boqueria. But everything else is in abundance. And all this is very aesthetically presented. In addition to the main purpose of the Boqueria, you can have a good snack. At the same time, you can eat on a day off at the market. The quality is guaranteed. After all, as the great Paul Bocuse bequeathed, the main thing is fresh food, and they are abundant on Boqueria.
    Visited June 2022
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Sophie P
    7 contributions
    Perfect place for foodies!
    WOW! The array of food here was incredible. We started off with a cone of iberian ham, monchego cheese and breadsticks which was delicious. We then had a pot of fresh strawberries which were lovely and juicy. Our next pick was some patatas bravas (traditional Spanish potatoes) which the stall holder kindly warmed up for us. Our final stop was to get a fresh fruit juice from one of the many fruit stalls, I chose mango and orange which did not disappoint. Every way you turn you are greeted with fruit stalls fresh meats, fish, sweet stalls and plenty more. Would definitely recommend if you want to try a variety of traditional Spanish foods.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • David O
    Adelaide, Australia74 contributions
    Vibrant produce market!
    These markets are a great place to wander through at leisure, easy to get to a whilst plenty to choose, they stalls are quite repetitive. Loved the low cost cups to try before you buy. Highly recommended for your visit to beautiful Barcelona!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
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Margie D
York, PA728 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The most famous market in Barcelona, it's located in the city center on Las Ramblas. On a Friday evening in November, the market was so crowded that it was difficult to walk through.
Written February 26, 2024
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itolduso30
Kidderminster, UK72 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were really looking forward to this as we always visit local markets on holiday. We felt this was just a real tourist trap. Lots of stalls with the same items, and the piles of food stacked up cold just made us wonder how long some of those items had been there. We really didn't feel we wanted to try anything to eat... It just didn't look fresh or appetising. Some of the fish/Seafood stalls were slight better but were very busy so we didn't stay. A disappointing visit.
Written February 18, 2024
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Legitum
Exeter, UK50 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
A nice little Market with local delicacies. Very colourful, vibrant and quite good to get you in the mood for a Barcelona holiday early into the trip. Probably not the best of places for ardent vegetarians as there are a lot of carcasses and cuts on show. Still a great place to go For the atmosphere. Do try the healthy smoothies, which are wonderful.
Written February 17, 2024
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Tina
Redcar, UK683 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great place to spend an hour or so browsing the various stalls & stopping for a snack/drink. We ate at Quiosc Modern where we had 2 beers & some delicious, freshly cooked calamari. Staff were efficient & friendly and was nice interesting to sit and watch them cooking/preparing all the fresh food.
Written February 11, 2024
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vichy
NYC554 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Disappointingly overrated. Most of the vendors are selling the same thing - juices, empanadas, fried potatoes with a protein of choice - and most are pre-made and nuked for you as you order it. Good for a quick bite, but overall not a can't miss.
Written January 22, 2024
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Jess_the_TravelBug
143 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great place to explore and eat. Make sure you go earlier in the date vs later as many of the vendors will be closed the later in the day you go.
Written January 22, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,306 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited La Boqueria and was amazed at all the food options available.

WE found it hard to decide what to eat.

Its a very busy market n the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu. There is also a metro stop at Liceu.
Written January 16, 2024
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Erik S
Reading, UK94 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Lots of delicious food, crazy crowds, a must experience in Barcelona! Get the chorizo and cheese! Could spend hours just wandering around and eating 😁
Written January 15, 2024
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Lets cruise
Miami, FL1,063 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Fascinating mix of all kinds of stalls with ham, sweets, fresh fruits and fresh juices and little bars and restaurants. Opened from 8am to 8pm, must see (and taste) piece of the city
Written January 10, 2024
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avipiti
Hod Hasharon, Israel2,901 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The market is very overcrowded, and difficult to enjoy. Many shops seem to sell very similar products. It's nice to walk around, but make sure to hold on to your wallet...
Written January 9, 2024
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