La Boqueria in Barcelona – A place to photograph beautiful food
- Located in the heart of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Mercat de la Boqueria is one of the most popular Barcelona attractions to visit. The most popular farmers market, specialty Spanish products venue and a local foodie hangout. This food haven is a catch-all to everything centered on delicious and fresh food from seasonally available fruits and vegetables, local fish, exquisite displays of beef, poultry and other meat products including finished specialty products. This institution centered on food and freshly made products is a destination worth exploring and photographing. Check out the highlights of visiting Mercat de la Boqueria below. Even though there are no amazing views of Barcelona from the Mercat, you can still experience some of the best traditional Catalan food here.
Why visit Mercat de la Boqueria market
The market is a visual treat and fun to explore and capture in photographs while you walk through the colorful displays, beautiful produce, meats, seafood and other specialty foods from the area. You can event try some of the local specialties with cafes in the market that serve up delicious local and comfort foods or some Spanish Coffee specialty drinks from the region.
Where is La Boqueria located in Barcelona?
One of the most famous food markets in all the world to explore, La Boqueria is located right in the middle of La Ramblas and very close to Liceu, the Opera House of Barcelona. Started in the 1200s, La Boqueria grew as various neighborhoods developed and catered to the many residents of these areas surrounding La Rambla along with offering many produce, finished goods and eating venues at the marketplace.
What to photograph at La Boqueria
If you love seeing some beautiful food imagery of La Boqueria take a look at the following images. Every section of the market has well presented and delicious looking food from seafood, fresh produce, meat products and locally made finished goods. If your hungry, you can find everything imaginable to take away or even eat at some of the food stalls on site.
Explore La Boqueria’s glorious food stalls and displays
Entering inside the covered glass pavilion of La Boqueria, you will find colorful displays and stunning food vignettes that make you want to sample everything on site (vendors freely give samples out). There are photo opportunities walking down every aisle and you will see displays of catalan foods, produce, and local foods prepared daily. The cafes are engaging and filled with people dining on local specialties, these are great for capturing candid photographs. Just explore around and look for some great angles, displays and engaging vendors and you will find plenty of photo opportunities to capture beautiful images.
La Boqueria’s Foodie culture
When you visit La Boqueria you can see how important food is to Catalan and daily Spanish life. Ingredients are typically purchased daily at these markets and finding quality products that are in season are always preferred. That’s one of the reasons why dining out in Barcelona ranks high in food experiences with such devotion to fresh and quality products being served.
Places to eat at La Boqueria
If you are looking at trying some delicious tapas, local foods or something comforting at the market, check out these delicious foodie venues when you walk around the market.
Bar Ramblero – a popular favorite spot serves up the best and freshest seafoods from the region. Try the local gambas,order a seafood platter or just nosh on some tapas or little appetizer bites they make fresh every day.
Bar Pinotxo – not fancy or trendy, this small bar serves delicious and local tapas and authentic Catalan dishes that you’ll savor and enjoy for this no frills establishment. Sample their specialty dish which is the chickpeas and morcilla (blood sausage).
El Quim de La Boqueria – a fun and welcoming foodie venue that specializes in egg dishes like the Huevos Rotos with Foie or try eggs with squid which is to die for!
Conclusion for visiting La Boqueria
It’s fun to visit and explore La Boqueria and sample some of the local delicacies, specialty foods, produce and other delicious finds here. Make sure to take some time to find a cafe and enjoy some of the regional specialties while you are visiting here.
La Boqueria is truly a good place to explore and capture some great farmers market and food related images. You will be amazed at how well designed and beautiful all the displays are, and the vendors are happy when you take photos of their colorful displays. There are so many wonderful food vendors offering many local specialties, take a look at some of these delicious foods from Spain from my friend Yaras blog.(drool)
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Where to stay in Barcelona
With so many fantastic places to enjoy and explore around the city, there are so many wonderful options for accommodations. Check out these top reviewed paces to stay here for reviews and updated prices
Alexandra Barcelona Hotel – a 19th century hotel with modern aesthetics and amenities with easy walks to Gracia and Las Ramblas, centrally located, good sized rooms, good breakfast and attentive staff.
Serras Barcelona – a luxury boutique hotel with award winning Michelin star restaurant, cool and trendy hotel with comfortable, with world class amenities and service
Majestic Hotel and Spa – a luxury traditional hotel centrally located and close walk to Ramblas with excellent service, amenities, rooftop terrace and outdoor pool
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OH! You totally made me hungry!
WOW!!! i so want to go eat!
Your photos are amazing…takes me right back to the afternoon I wandered through the stalls of la Boqueria. I struggled to take my photos – must be early as when I was there over Easter weekend, it was jam packed full of people. Love visiting the local markets…makes me feel like I am experiencing a part of their culture. I know a return to Barcelona will always include a return to La Boqueria for me.
Hi Anita, thanks for the reply, Yes La Boqueria is so delicious to visualize and photograph, thanks for stopping by for a vist.
The fruitstand looks particularly delicious.
Great post! I love reading about this food perspective.
Love the photos! I’m hoping to visit Barcelona soon and definitely want to see La Boqueria – Love the colourful displays but I may have to skip some of the animal ones!
Love the colors, too; almost like being there!
What a beautiful market! We don’t have anything like that here in the suburbs where I am.
Love all the colors! Though I’m always freaked out when my food is staring at me 😉
The boqueria is one of my favorite markets! Thanks for sharing and bring back memories~
Lovely market but Valencia Central Market is also amazing
La Boquería is one of the best things Barcelona has to offer for me. Living in Spain, I often shop at mercados, but none with the size and scope of this one! My parents flipped over the rabbits!
Its a perfect spot to see some amazing food and food displays done right.