Halfway down La Rambla, stimulating the senses – Barcelona’s Mercat de la Boqueria is a see to believe market. The volume of people is out of this world – literally wall to wall. I found it a challenge to photograph the food stalls and get a sense of the place as people, crammed in like sardines, shuffled past the stalls selling amazing produce, hand crafted chocolates and a myriad of other flavours. For a lover of fresh food – my senses went into overdrive! The colours, the smells and the hub of activity enough to make me want to come back for more. To hear the vendors calling above the crowds to the locals who were out to buy their produce – the sounds were like a song, the calls wafting above the sounds of the crowds.
Originally a travelling market, the open air la Boqueria in Rambla de Sant Josep was inaugurated on October 18th, 1827. In 1914, the market began to modernize, including the introduction of a metal roof, and has continued to develop, becoming a must experience for tourists visiting the area. Steeped in history, the Boqueria is a market of the people, for the people, with popular traditions, celebrations and strong family ties.
For me, there was no kitchen, I had moved to a hotel room in Barcelona, and cooking was no longer an option. With more time, I may have considered looking into the Boqueria Food School – surely a great opportunity to experience that which the market has on offer.
In a quiet street tucked in behind the market, I enjoyed a selection of quiet tapas and a glass of wine. So close to the market, the stuffed peppers were devine – fresh as can be and full of flavour. With no opportunity to cook for myself, I was happy to sit and sample the market offerings, watching the restauranteurs run back from the market, arms full of savoury treats, knowing full well that the food I was being served came straight from the vendors only meters away.
Delight in the sights and sounds, smell the flavours – the Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona will certainly stimulate the senses as you wander the stalls and soak in the energy that is Barcelona.
Only a couple minutes walking distance from le Mercat de la Boqueria, we stayed at the Hotel Lloret for the weekend in Barcelona.