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The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.

Thronged with tourists searching for a little bit of Barcelona’s gastro magic, and usually ending up with a pre-sliced quarter of overpriced pineapple, Europe’s biggest food market is still an essential stop. Admire the orderly stacks of ridged Montserrat tomatoes, the wet sacks of snails and the oozing razor clams on the fish stalls. If you can’t or don’t want to cook it yourself, you can eat instead at several market tapas bars.

If you visit in the morning, you’ll see the best produce, incluing the smallholders’ fruit and vegetable stalls in the little square attached to the Carrer del Carme side of the market, where prices tend to be lower. But if you come only to ogle, remember that this is where locals come to shop. Don’t touch what you don’t want to buy, ask before taking photos and watch out for vicious old ladies with ankle-destroying wheeled shopping bags.

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One of the best visual what’s-like videos of La Boqueria
An intimate view of La Boqueria
Another view from our friend Gina at videosfromBarcelona

The audio is in Catalan yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the place. If you want to view it with English subtitles press on the captions icon in the video.

Video: © Jessica Bowler

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