La Boqueria market in Barcelona – my favorite market in the world
As you probably know, top 1 city in the world for me is Barcelona. I enumerated 30 things you should see and do there in an older post. I have been thinking which part or historical monument is my favorite, something I cannot ever miss when I visit the capital of Catalonia.
It was a hard decision as there are uncountable places I fell in love with but still there is one I go to every day I spend in Barcelona. La Boqueria. Have you ever heard of it?
I walked up and down Las Ramblas hundred times. I just love the place and its vivid atmosphere. Never noticed the market in one of the little streets though until a friend of mine invited me for a fresh juice. We went down from Plaza de Catalunya and somewhere in the middle of La Rambla turned right. It was then when I saw crowd of people heading exactly where we did (how couldn’t I notice the crowd before?? I’m still asking myself!)
A big name appeared above us saying EL MERCADO ST. JOSEPH LA BOQUERIA. Trying to get through the crowd (sometimes necessary to use the elbows, sorry guys!), we finally got to small kiosks in front of us.
Fresh meat on the left, different kinds of chocolate on the right, then ice cream place and fresh fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish in the back
All displayed in an unbelievable nice perfect way, one would think the whole fruit pyramid would fall down only if you blew a little there. From small to huge, round to oval, probably all the possible shapes and colours.
It gives me a lot of energy just to step into La Boqueria. I go there every day when visiting Barcelona. Each time I get some fresh juices, usually minimum three or four of them of different mixed fruit and drink one of them right there to get another one and manage to hold them :D Sometimes I can’t say no to great chocolate from La Boqueria which is not the cheapest one at all. But more than orgasmic!
La Boqueria is just a few meters from the Barcelona Metro Station Liceu, the same as from Barcelona bus 14, 59 and 91. It was open for the first time already in 1217 known as Mercat Bornet. Later known as Plaça Nova and Plaça del Pi.
It was mostly selling fish and meat until recently adding fruit and vegetables. The metal roof consisting still at the present dates back to 1914.
It is not because of the history of the market why la Boqueria market in Barcelona is my favorite market in the world so far. The fresh juices, cut fruit and yummy chocolate are unforgettable!
TIP: There’s many other things you can do in Barcelona. For many of them, such as museums and other attractions, you would need to wait in line for quite some time just to buy the ticket in person. If you’d like to skip lines, you can book your passes here online to save time. It’s very easy to book and you can even book 10 minutes before you enter and thus skip the whole line. All you will need then is your mobile phone so no printing of documents needed. I recommend you to do the following while in Barcelona: