Postcards from Las Ramblas, La Boqueria Market

Shopping is one of my least favourite pastimes, so it may come as a surprise to learn that I love browsing markets or souks. The hustle and bustle with stalls overflowing with vibrant colours and interesting shapes is captivating, holding my attention for hours.

La Boqueria food market located near Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Overflowing with colour

La Boqueria or Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria if you wish to be formal has apparently been voted the best covered market in the world. I was unable to confirm this claim but it is undoubtedly one of the premier markets and a ‘must visit’ of the Barcelona attractions.

There has been a market here since it was constructed in 1840 although the name dates back as far back as 1217.  Initially it was not a covered market, the metal roof was added in 1914 and still exists today.

La Boqueria market in Barcelona, Spain home of stange vegetables on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

The weird and the wonderful

The eclectic displays of fish, fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses are fantastic, the range of colours is dazzling and the care taken to arrange some of them to their aesthetic best must be painstaking. Those that need to indulge their sweet tooth can find stalls with intricate displays of temptation; rich chocolates and candied fruits.

A fishmongers stall in La Boqueria market Barcelona, Catalonia on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Fresh fish in La Boqueria

The scents drifting down the aisles can range from pungent to extremely fragrant, with fish, aromatic spices and delicate floral perfumes teasing the passers-by. The vendors are a little quieter than some other markets but most of the senses are kept alive with energy of the place.

Street artist on the streets of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Street artist in Las Ramblas

Even at relatively quiet periods there appears to be a heaving mass of people shifting from one colourful display to another more aromatic one.

The produce on offer is sourced throughout Catalonia and is always of the highest quality and freshness as only the best vendors are permitted to trade in La Boqueria. This ensures that Catalan cuisine is portrayed at its best, the market becoming a showcase. It is advisable to make any purchases however away from the central stalls, the smaller stalls located down the many aisles leading from the main thoroughfare offer reduced prices and it is where the savvy locals choose to buy.

Located in the Ciutat Vella district of the city it is easily accessible from exciting Las Ramblas with its many restaurants, bars and pulsating vibe. It has a slightly ‘touristy’ feel to it, but it has become a Barcelona institution, vendors, street performers, artists, florists and plenty of people enjoying themselves. It is true many stag/hen groups are now choosing to party here but then it does have the right atmosphere.

Combined La Boqueria and Las Ramblas make a perfect way to spend an afternoon which is likely to extend beyond and into an evening in the city.

The entrance to La Boqueira the covered food market of Barcelona, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Heading into the market


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  1. nick

    dunno if its my iMac, doubt it as I am using a design studio one at the moment, but the colours are well out of whack in these photos, gross almost.

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      Looked at this post on three different computers and a mobile phone and the colours seem fine to me Nick, and nobody else has mentioned this despite tons of views, maybe the monitor needs calibrating? I do know they are excessive when hooked up to the television but I accept that it hasn’t been calibrated. Anybody else seeing ANY image issues on this sight, please let me know?

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