Food is an integral part of Catalan culture and Barcelona is the perfect example of this, with its 39 food markets spread throughout the city’s neighbourhoods, each displaying an array of fresh products, local specialties and freshly cooked meals. Among them:
La Boquería is the best-known market in Barcelona and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction thanks to its location on the bustling La Rambla. Walking among the stalls and curious visitors, while enjoying the colours and the aromas it offers, is a real pleasure. You can find everything at the market: fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, preserves, pulses, cheese and so on. There is local produce and imported food, Catalan specialities as well as world cuisine, both traditional and contemporary. Read more
Mercat de Santa Caterina is most distinctive for its vibrantly coloured, undulating rooftop designed by Catalan architects EMBT, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, a representation of the colours of the fruit and vegetables found in the market. Less chaotic than La Boquería, it’s still a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, creating a vivid and lively atmosphere. The stalls sell a beautiful assortment of fresh produce including meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables, making it easy to visualise the architect’s inspiration for the unique roof design. Read more
La Concepció is particularly well known for its flower market, located at the back of the market. Here you’ll find all types of flowers and greenery, ideal for anyone with gardening ambitions. Entering the market is an unusual experience. The space opens up in front of you like a large warehouse; to your right an appliances shop, to your left and below you, a supermarket. Yep, that’s right, below you. In fact, to get to the market stalls you must walk across a bridge suspended over the supermarket; quite the grand entrance. The market itself comprises of a fantastic range of fruit, veg, meat and wine stalls. The fresh fruit and mixed juices are particularly delicious.
Halfway between El Paral·lel and El Raval, Sant Antoni is a part of the Eixample that has always had a life of its own. An area with a long commercial tradition, built around its big Modernista market, in recent years it has welcomed new businesses that have revived its spirit. The wrought iron market, built at the end of the 19th century and reopened recently, occupies an entire block bordered by four streets. For years it turned the neighbourhood into a major shopping area for Barcelona’s workers and the middle classes. Avinguda Mistral is another vital part of the neighbourhood, packed with businesses and locals leading their daily lives at a leisurely pace.
Recently reopened, the market underwent extensive works of extension and rehabilitation – project by Gina Barcelona Architects.