La Boqueria, the bustling market on Las Ramblas

On the famous Ramblas, the Sant Josep covered market, better known as "La Boqueria", is a legendary market and a benchmark of Barcelona's culinary culture, thanks to the quality and variety of the products on offer in its 6,000 m² space. The city's top restaurants shop here. It is the most assorted, traditional, well-stocked and busy market in Barcelona. The stalls of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish are overflowing in a perfect display of colours and smells. A sight not to be missed, it's a great place to enjoy breakfast and fresh fruit.

Entrée du marché de La Boqueria

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The history of La Boqueria market

The magic of this 15th-century market is undeniable, and its official name is Mercat de Sant Josep de Boqueria. The origin of the name "Mercat de la Boqueria" comes from Catalan and means a place where goat meat is sold. It has become Spain's most famous market, attracting huge numbers of locals and tourists alike. The concept of the market dates back to the 1200s, and has grown over the years as goods from neighbouring towns have entered the trade.

The cast-iron roof was finished in 1914, and over time it has become one of the most visited places in the city. A small, colourful world dedicated to gastronomy close to Las Ramblas. You'll find absolutely everything you could want: fresh fruit and vegetables, drinks, meat, fish, sweets, and even little bars with a real Spanish atmosphere. It's worth making room in your stomach before you go, so you can make the most of it!

Fresh meat at La Boqueria market in Barcelona

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Why go to Barcelona's La Boqueria market?

Every year, millions of tourists flock to the city's most central streets, such as Las Ramblas. The La Boqueria market, located at the heart of this street, attracts over 70 million tourists every year for its beauty and variety of produce. This influx has been very positive for some of the stallholders, especially the restaurants and greengrocers, who have found fresh fruit juice to be a real golden goose, attracting hundreds of tourists every day during the summer season. You can sample the freshest fruit and vegetables, the most exquisite cold meats and much more. The atmosphere surrounding this market is always incredible!

Célèbre marché de La Boqueria avec des légumes et des fruits.

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Practical info

📍 Location: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

🚌 Getting there: accessible by transport or on foot from the city centre. Nearby, there is a metro line: line 3 and you can get off at the Liceu stop, which is a 2-minute walk away. It is also accessible by bus.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8.30pm

A few tips for your visit

  • Free admission
  • We advise you to come early in the morning if you just want to have a look around. On the other hand, if you want to do your shopping there, it's best to wait until the end of the day, or even closing time, as the prices there will be more attractive.

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