Barcelona: La Boqueria Market

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I’ve read from several sources that the best food can be found in La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. Aside from selling all sorts of produce, fish, cured meats and candies there were also several tapas bars in the market.

We went to La Boqueria right after eating churros and espadrilles shopping. Even if I was still full I was hoping to try some tapas. When we got there around 6:00 pm and all the tapas bars were already closed! They close around 3-4 pm. What a big disappointment. We didn’t have time to go back so I have to go back to Barcelona for this among other things.
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cured meats

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Several stalls sold fruits, fruit juice, fruit shakes and cut up fruit.
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It was a real market but it didn’t smell like our own wet markets in Manila. The Mercado San Miguel in Madrid was a cooked food market while La Boqueria combined raw and cooked food under one roof.
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Spaniards have an affinity for sweets. This was just one of the many, many stalls dedicated to sweet treats.
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chocolates

This stall sold typical Spanish sweets like torrones and crema de Catalan which I bought since they had free tastings.
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This had to be the most charming egg stall I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know there were that many kinds of eggs and so many different colors and hues too.
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eggs, huevos, uovo, oeuf, itlog

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bacalao or salted cod

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moxama or dried pressed tuna

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anchovies (anchoas)

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These unique looking creatures are called percebe cantabrico or goose barnacles.
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shellfish

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spices

I was tempted to try a fruit popsicle or helado. It’s also known as paleta in Mexican.
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nuts galore
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chili peppers

This guy was a friendly Pinoy so I bought some fruit jellies from him.

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fresh fish

This was the first time I saw ham and salami packed together with cheese. It would be convenient for picnics or even lunch packs.
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I wish a bought some churros with honey. I wonder if they taste as good as churros covered in chocolate.
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churros with honey

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baklava

These uniquely shaped tomatoes are called Montserrat tomatoes.
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Like I said, more candies!!!
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Picture on the left are cousins and on the right are batch mates. I wonder what the batch mates were laughing at.

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La Boqueria Market
Rambla, 91 Mercat de la Boqueria
(Edifici Direcció, 2a planta)
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: 93 412 13 15
website

Comments

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  • Vickie

    Leslie, glad you found a place that sell good churros in your last entry. Now I want churros everyday and will make some with dark chocolate ganashes .

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com/ joey @ 80 Breakfasts

    One of my favorite markets in the universe! My only lament is not being able to bring everything back home…so I have to satisfy myself with spices, legumes, and cured meats. It’s nice to go in the early morning with all the old Spanish housewives with they pull-carts in tow. Ahhh! I miss this place!!

  • http://www.iamaileen.com/ Aileen A.

    Oh my god… unlike other girls my age, I don’t like shopping–what I rather enjoy more is grocery shopping!!! And this place is just calling out to me! Hope I can get to this market in the future :O

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    You will definitely love La Boqueria, Aileen.

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Joey, thank goodness we have some access to Spanish ingredients in Manila. Even though it’s just a smidgen of what was sold in La Boqueria.