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Experience the unique scents, sights and sounds of Boqueria Market. Within this bustling market visitors will find fresh produce and seafood, as well as bakeries, tapas bars and cooking schools. The market’s numerous gourmet delights make it a must-visit for culinary enthusiasts.
Boqueria Market originated in the 13th century, when farmers would sell their products at the base of the city’s ancient outer walls. Many descendants of those original vendors still own and operate stalls within the market. Nowadays, Boqueria Market is a hub of activity, attracting tourists and locals alike.
Immediately after passing under the imposing iron entrance, visitors will be overcome by the smells coming from the many stands. As you wander down the long rows of stalls, stop and admire the wide variety of tropical fruits for sale and the impressive olive and cheese displays. The aroma of fresh-baked bread from the bakeries wafts through the market.
Around lunchtime, the many tapas bars attract large crowds of both tourists and locals. Order several tasty tapas, such as a seafood sampler or a homemade chorizo, from the friendly and memorable wait staff. As the chefs handcraft these delightful delicacies, they often chat with customers, adding a personal touch to the dining experience.
For a more hands-on culinary experience, kids and adults can take a class at the Boqueria Food School. Here students will learn how to incorporate ingredients from the market into delicious meals.
Boqueria Market is situated at the midway point of the city’s well-known pedestrian street, La Rambla, and is only a 10-minute stroll from Placa de Catalunya or Placa del Portal de la Pau. Both the metro and the public buses stop near Boqueria Market’s principal entrance.
Boqueria Market is open every day except Sundays. Visit before 2 p.m. to experience the market’s frenetic energy, as the bustle dies down in the afternoons. On Saturdays shoppers can get great deals as many merchants sell their produce for reduced amounts.
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