The place  I looked most forward to in Barcelona itself was probably the Boqueria market. I know people visit Spain and marvel about tapas and paella, but most of the fare we encountered in Barcelona was much the same of everything, and apart from paella, heavy on sausages and cold cuts. Now if you love meat, that's going to impress you. This German with more than vegetarian tendencies wasn't.

However, La Boqueria offered a lot more than this - from Central American to Korean, from Spanish to Middle Eastern - this market right of the Ramblas in Barcelona offered a great choice and mixture of produce, snacks and take-away places plus some places you could sit down to eat.
The market has been on this spot since the 13. century, although today, I would say it's less traditional, with a 50/50 tourist/local ratio. Prices seemed very fair and quality of the fresh produce, particularly fish, was amazing!

We did manage to get ripped off at our second attempt to eat at the market, though - pointing to a wrap, the stall holders insisted on selling us a whole meal deal for €10 each for a mixture of coloured rice, pasta and salad leaves plus wrap and some water, and wouldn't let us go. It certainly put a damper on the experience and was another reminder that the market is a little more touristy than I tried to make myself believe.

What is the favourite market you have visited during your travels?

skinny asparagus!






mysteria fish/seaweed/ocean creatures

This could be lunch for me every day!
ham and Spain, inseparable!
salted cod - does anyone really eat this?


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