As a magnificent coastal city in the Mediterranean sea, Barcelona has it all. Art and culture flourish everywhere in the most populous Spanish city with its 1,621,090 inhabitants. Landmarks such as the La Sagrada Familia church designed by none other than Antoni Gaudi and Camp Nou as the home of the great Barcelona football team are some of the destinations that the city offers.
Besides sightseeing and other tourist activities, eating the local delicacies is a fundamental part of traveling if you are visiting another city or country. Barcelona is no exception; taste the Catalan delicacies in places where locals gather daily and enjoy their meals, such as food markets. So, take a trip with us through the must-visit food markets in Barcelona, Spain, listed below.
1. Barceloneta Market
Restored in 2007, Mercat de la Barceloneta, or Barceloneta Market, is a modern looking market that utilize solar panels. Selling timeless food of the Barcelona maritime community, fresh seafood is the main takeaway for the locals, which they buy and eat at the market or take away to their homes. The market also has stalls that sell all kinds of meat from pork to beef, as well as fresh fruits and even confectionary like chewy candies. So what to eat? Well, seafood is a must-try! Have some fresh oysters with lemon, snack on some shrimps, or eat some fried goodness of fish or even squid.
Mercat de la Barceloneta
Address: Plaça Poeta Bosca, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Opening hours: 8am - 3pm (closed on Sun)
With its long history, Santa Caterina Market, which was built in 1845, used to be the Convent of Santa Caterina. Nowadays, it is a vibrant place where many kinds of fresh food from the land and sea are sold to locals and tourists from all over the world. Located near the Barcelona Cathedral, the atmosphere itself is a reason to visit this market. See many activities such as people passing to take a look at stalls or customers that chat with sellers about recipes. Stroll through the stalls of seafood, meat, cheese, wine, and many other food selections to take home or taste in the market. There are also tapas bars such as Bar Joan, and a restaurant named Cuines Santa Caterina, which serves Mediterranean meals and even Catalan cuisines such as the botifarra sausage with Santa Pau beans and foie gras.
Boqueria and Santa Caterina Markets with Food and Tapas Private Walking Tour
Duration: 4 hours
This is an old market from 1882 that has stood against time. In 2018, the renovation made Sant Antoni Market a proud place with its iron structure and red dominant color that attracts people with its various stalls of food, clothing, books, antiques, and other things that you can usually find at a flea market. Inside the market, you can also eat; just simply choose meat such as steak or maybe fish, and sides like vegetables, then the seller will cook it for you. Situated in a pedestrian-friendly part of Sant Antoni, the neighborhood has plenty of tapas bars, cafes, bars, and restaurants that you can also try.
Tapas Like a Local: Sant Antoni Neighborhood Tapas Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The last one and the most popular one. Dubbed as the heart of Barcelona, Boqueria Market is a huge food market that sells fresh food of all kinds that date back to the13th century. Enter through La Ramba and explore the area where your senses will be teased through smells and sights, and when you can’t take it anymore, just sit down and taste the food! What to eat? Fried eggs with squid, garlic shrimp, foie gras, all kinds of fried foods, jamón or cured ham, freshly squeezed juice, and many more.
Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour
Duration: 2.5 hour
A taste of Barcelona
What better place to taste Barcelona’s cuisines than at its local markets? Food markets are an ideal place to taste it all because these are where the locals sell fresh foods that are available to be bought by anyone. With the option to eat on the spot, the food markets listed above have all kinds of menus, from classic Mediterranean dishes to Catalan cuisines.
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