Mercat el Boqueria, the central food market of Barcelona
Sweets stall in the Boqueria, Barcelona's central food market off La Rambla. (Photo by Fabio Alessandro Locati)

The central food market on Las Ramblas in Barcelona

The main entrance to La Boqueria, Barcelona.
Entrance to La Boqueria market. (Photo by Andrea Freepanguin)
Barcelona's cenrtal covered food market lies just off La Rambla, packed with stalls filed with ranks of round fruit, stacks of string beans, boxes of earthy mushrooms, fish straight from the docks, bins of briny olives, hocks of serrano ham ready for carving, bags of Valencia oranges, bushels of woodland berries, and piles of dried salt cod.

Many of the stalls have been in the same family for three or four generations.

In fact, there have been meat sellers on or near this spot as far back as the Middle Ages, though the current market was only established in 1840 on the site of the former St Joseph's monastery (hence the "St. Josep" on the sign over the main entrance). The metal roof wasn't added until 1914.

If your Catalan is up to snuff, you can some for regular cooking classes—some for adults, others for adolescents or kids.

Tips & Links

Boqueria details


La Rambla, 89 bis–91 /Plaça de la Boqueria
[ Ciutat Vella ]

Tel. +34-933-182-584 or +34-933-182-017


Mon-Sat 8am–8:30pm




Metro: Liceu (L3)
Bus: 14, 59, 91
Hop-on/Hop-off route: South (red), North (blue)


How long does the Boqueria take?

Planning your day: It's a food market, so spend as long as you'd like—just to take a quick peek in 5 minutes, or spend 20 minutes taking photographs of the colorful stalls, or stick around for lunch.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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