Mercat de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-metre 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 appetising 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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  • Sophie P
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • David O
    Adelaide, Australia78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Holly S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge variety of yummy food!
    Amazing selection of so many foods to snack on or have a meal. We enjoyed the fruit cups and smoothies every day of our holiday. We also liked the deli meats and snacks you could buy to eat on the go. It’s open until the evening which is great for snacks or lunch all day. There are some nice places you can actually sit to eat. Very busy but worth it, and you the market traders are very friendly with the prices very clear so no need to negotiate! E.g €2.50 For a fresh fruit cup or smoothie. €5 for a burrito or empanada. The only thing lacking is seating nearby to eat, as the seating available is only for the restaurants.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 14, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic food market
    We stopped here with the tour group I was on. The food market reminded me of the markets in Istanbul. There are more than 300 stalls in this 2,500 square meter market. As for history of the place, the land where the Mercado de la Boquería is located, use to be the home to a convent.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Andy D
    Toronto, Canada42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit while in Barcelona. Probably more than once as well!
    This bustling market is a must visit on a trip to Barcelona. A bit hectic but the food experience here is unmatched for local seafood, meats and snacks. Vendors offer prepared dishes and to go items of their produce and raw items. Enjoy a beer or glass of wine while your food is prepared right there. Amazing selection of seafood, cured meats and many other items. Prices are probably a bit higher than finding them on their own at other spots in the city but the experience is worth the slight increase. Too much to try on one visit! Schedule 2 trips on your visit to Barcelona.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • efustok
    Houston, Texas1,306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come hungry, you will want to try it all
    Dear foodie readers, I love imagining how things would have been when visiting places that have been around for a while. This market was established in 1856, so not only are you going to a fabulous place, there is history there as well. We have done a good food tour in the Seattle market, and let me tell you, if you have never experienced one, this may be the place to do it. Since there are so many options, the tour will usually allow you to try the best of the best. The colors, the choices, the flavors, it honestly seems endless. We went every morning while in Barcelona, I loved the spinach and cheese empanadas, my boys would get fresh fruit juices with a pastry, and the hubs a cup of coffee. They opened early, so it was a perfect stop as we walked to our tour of the day.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of amazing food places to enjoy
    It was really good to walk around, had my morning juice from market for 4 morning in a row and they are delicious. Also many food outlets to enjoy with lots of variety so you can visit several times. Also can buy meat, seafood, sweets along with souvenirs. Located near the start of La Rambla and definitely on the list of things to do and see in and around Barcelona.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Gem B
    Newhaven, United Kingdom582 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try the Hamburger Tacos 🌮
    Great place to visit. Just make sure you’re really hungry. So much you will want to try. Grab a fruit juice and have a stroll around all the stalls. Be careful of your bags, best to have them in front of you here as it can get very busy and cramped.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Kate Rothwell
    Dublin, Ireland224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    INCREDIBLE!
    This was on our must see list for visiting Barcelona. This is a 12/10. The stalls and options of food are incredible - you will want to taste everything! We had a great time walking around viewing all the different food stalls. This is a must see in Barcelona.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Becky F
    Widnes, United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Amazing experience. Easily spend a few hours exploring. Literally ate and drank our way round. Make sure you go there hungry and with plenty of money to spend . Lots of experiences to try... fresh juices, fresh fruits, spanish meats and cheese, fresh fish, oysters, paella, to name just a few. It's definitely a must to visit! Is very very busy so be prepared for a crowded walk around. Closer on a Sunday.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
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Chrissie737
155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Loved Barcelona and all it had to offer.

The Sagrada Familia was an absolute must to visit. The most extraordinary architecture, but the real beauty was inside. Tickets need to be booked in advance, as with Guidii Parc.

Went on Bus Tourist 34hr ticket around Barcelona, but would try the other company as it was difficult to follow the route and often the commentary came a little late for us to get off at a stop. I have been on these bus tours around many cities and this sadly was lacking..
However, we found it really annoying when street sellers, who are very persistent, kept interrupting us while we were having lunch or dinner. These sellers said they were from Senegal, and trying to make money to send home to their children. Even if this was the case, they were extremely difficult to get rid of and it really did spoil our meals out.
Stayed at Hostal Argo, 305 Valencia Ave. very basic, but clean, extremely helpful staff and chosen for reasonable cost and location. Lots of bakeries /coffee shops & opposite a fruit and flower market
UBER not established there as taxi drivers don’t want competition! However taxi’s are quite reasonably priced

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Written June 13, 2024
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jocelynleahey
Midlothian, VA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We decided to eat breakfast while exploring the market. It was so fun to try all the local foods that we beautifully made and so fresh. It actually worked out perfectly since in was raining that morning so it gave us a dry place to explore. PS they are not open on Sundays.
Written June 10, 2024
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,001 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is the main Barcelona market that tourists visit due to it location on Las Ramblas. Its big, bold, brash and almost constantly crowded. With 330 stalls selling all manor of food products and several associated cafes and restaurants it attracts quite a crowd (and unfortunately Barcelona's experienced pickpockets who prey on them) but, as a lot of the stalls have now focussed on the tourist trade and offer small sample plates at usually 5 Euro’s each it’s a good place to sample all the different fish, meat and cheeses on offer. However, just bear in mind that by the time you have tried four of these from different stalls and spent your 20 Euro’s you could have got three much more sizeable tapas from one of the small bars in El Born or the Gothic Quarter for that money.
There are also several other markets in Barcelona that are set up exactly the same as Mercat de la Boqueria just on a smaller scale. And if you want a quieter experience I would recommend the nearby Mercat Santa Caterina in La Ribera, with its funky roof design, or if you are exploring the other districts of Barceloneta and Sant Antoni then there is Mercat de la Barceloneta and Mercat de Sant Antoni in the heart of these respectively.
Written May 31, 2024
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Narmo
52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I visited in Sept 23 and May 24, not a fan. I had looked this place up and especially this year, food is reheated and handed out still cold. Staff are rude especially at the food bars. It is always fun to try new things but I would not recommend this place.
There is 1 great fella selling peppers I took some home with me for my curry's. Delighted.
Written May 30, 2024
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Daniel S
Barcelona, Spain4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Mercat de la Boqueria is a sensory delight in Barcelona. The vibrant stalls offer fresh seafood, produce, and tapas. The bustling atmosphere and friendly vendors create an unforgettable experience. A must-visit for food lovers!
Written May 30, 2024
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Diegote
Barcelona, Spain137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Colorful market in Barcelona, ​​one of the oldest markets in the city and a great place to take some good photos. Fish, cheese, sweets, bread and pickpockets (lots of all of them)
Written May 30, 2024
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Expattraveler100
Sarasota, FL5,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Because the locals do! This is where they shop and eat / it’s awesome, a real buzz of foods and small eateries. Hold onto your wallet as it’s know for pick pockets but you simply have to go and get a cone of Spanish ham and cheese to enjoy while you walk around. Mondays is the quietest day in the fresh fish section. Top of my list for fun places to visit!
Written May 27, 2024
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X8675MCterryr
Everett, WA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Fascinating market--so many different foods to see and taste. Try and go at not peak times--it got very busy and very crowded.
Written May 27, 2024
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Young C
Grand Rapids, MI94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Amazing outdoor market. Fresh everything. Seafood, fruits, desserts. People watching. Restaurant inside and surrounding market. Festive atmosphere. Lunch dinner drinks a must visit in your itinerary. Go early if you want to miss crowds.
Written May 22, 2024
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Elene W
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Excellent spot to buy spices, see people, see all kinds of food, and try out everything. It is very crowded and not enough places for people to sit and eat so we end up eating while walking.
Written May 15, 2024
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