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La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) Tours

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La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria)
La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) is Barcelona’s busiest market and arguably one of Europe’s most popular, serving as a vibrant hub of Catalan culture. The market dates back to the 13th century, but today’s version is held in the Mercat de Sant Josep market hall, a Modernist iron and glass canopy built in 1914 along La Rambla. Piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, pails of glistening olives, and huge slabs of cheese and foie gras line the stalls, alongside an array of local seafood and varying cuts of meat—including the odd pig head.

The Basics
Whether you’re sourcing ingredients for the perfect paella or just soaking up the unique atmosphere, few experiences are as quintessentially Barcelonian as shopping in the city’s liveliest market. La Boqueria’s variety and lively atmosphere can be overwhelming, so consider a guided walking tour, which helps you navigate the crowded lanes and learn about the unique ingredients that form Catalan cuisine. To complete the foodie experience, combine a market trip with a tapas tasting or food tour of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • La Boqueria is a must for foodies.
  • Most of the fresh fruits and ready-to-eat products (jamon, empanadas, candy, etc.) are in the stalls toward the front of the market; vegetables, meats, and fish are toward the back.
  • Come hungry, and stop for a meal at one of several tapas bars.
  • Many stalls have a minimum spending requirement for credit cards, so remember to bring some cash.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet.
  • Don’t forget your camera: The market stalls rank among Barcelona’s most colorful sights.

How to Get There
La Boqueria is situated along La Rambla between the Raval and the Gothic Quarter. It’s easily accessible on foot from just about anywhere in the old city, or by riding the Green Line to the Liceu metro station.

When to Get There
La Boqueria is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8:30pm. Some of the tapas bars and fish vendors are also closed on Mondays. To avoid the crowds, go early in the day; the market is a popular lunch spot thanks to its excellent Catalan food, so expect to be elbow-to-elbow during a midday visit. In August, many Catalans go on vacation, and La  Boqueria remains closed throughout the month.

Best Buys at La Boqueria
The food stalls under La Boqueria’s roof sell a staggering variety of products, some of which are of more interest to travelers than others. The fresh seafood and cow parts are fun to look at, but if you plan to buy, opt for fresh fruits and fruit juices, thin-sliced Iberico ham, dry-cured sausage, or a bag of nuts and chocolates to enjoy later. Hungry visitors can purchase and eat raw oysters on the spot or sample traditional dishes from Catalonia—fried eggs with baby squid, razor clams with white wine, or fried artichokes with romesco sauce are traditional favorites.
Address: Rambla, 91, Barcelona 08002, Spain
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. Sunday Closed
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Food, Wine and History Tour with La Boqueria Market

Food, Wine and History Tour with La Boqueria Market

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Dip into Barcelona’s culinary repertoire on a half-day small-group walking tour around its foodie hotspots. With an expert guide, learn about Barcelona’s history and cuisine as you stroll the lanes, squares, and backstreets of the Gothic and El Born quarters. Call at stands at La Boqueria food market to taste local hams and cheeses, and make several food stops to sample olive oil, wine, tapas, Catalan Champagne, and more. Your tour includes lunch.
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Private Tour : Welcome to the Boqueria Market

Private Tour : Welcome to the Boqueria Market

Have you ever wondered what Barcelona tastes like? The authentic taste of Barcelona lies in its history, and La Boqueria, one of the first markets built in the city, still preserves and shows it through the expertise of the people who have made it their home. All the traditions of fishermen, artisans and winegrowers have been passed down from one generation to the next, filling this amazing space with stories, curiosities and of course, the choicest products. Kick-off your private food tour at the beautiful and vibrant Market, where all locals go to find the best ingredients. The best way to enjoy Barcelona as a local yourself! Try out some delicious manchego cheese and Iberian ham and take in the market vibes. Your local experience includes in the price all these amazing tastings. Have any special dietary preferences? No problem - this food tour can be 100% personalized! Buen provecho!
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The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

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Skip the hassle of planning—and the lines along the way—on this private tour of Barcelona’s heritage, architecture, and gastronomy that combines a walking tour with taxi rides to top destinations. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to squeeze all the highlights into one day, traveling with a personal guide lets you maximize your time and discover parts of the city you would likely miss on your own.
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Mediterranean Cooking Class in Barcelona

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Learn to prepare some of the classic dishes of Spain and Catalonia during a half-day cooking class in Barcelona. Your cooking class can start with a market tour and takes place with a professional chef who teaches you to prepare favorites such as seafood paella. Learn the history of tapas, sample a variety of tapas, and enjoy the delicious lunch that you helped to create, accompanied by unlimited wine, beer, or soft drinks. Upgrade to begin with a fascinating tour of La Boqueria, one of Spain’s most important food markets.
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Boqueria and Santa Caterina Markets with Food and Tapas Small Group Walking Tour

Boqueria and Santa Caterina Markets with Food and Tapas Small Group Walking Tour

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Savor Barcelona’s incredible culinary scene during this 4-hour excursion combining a food market tour and stops at local eateries. Get lost in the maze of produce, seafood, and candy at the iconic La Boquería off the Las Ramblas. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a snack of ‘pintxos’ (northern-Spanish-style tapas) at local bar. Then explore the amazing architecture and food on display at Santa Caterina Market before finishing at a restaurant specializing in traditional meat dishes. All snacks and wine, plus a guide are included.
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Barcelona Private Food Tour

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Experience Barcelona through its food on this private 3-hour tour. With a private guide, you'll enjoy 10 tastings of foods and drinks as you learn about the local lifestyle. Morning and afternoon departure times are available.
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Barcelona Highlights Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up

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Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide

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Stroll around the historical streets of Barcelona and taste your way through the best Street Food scene with this 2.5-hours experience. Your journey will start from the vibrant local market La Boqueria, where you will be able to try delicious local specialties! Our expert guide will take you to the best foodie spots to indulge delicious Spanish food like a local! Sample a variety of street foods in traditional family-run business, such as jàmon, cheese, fried fish, patatas bravas, pichos and pastries, while taking in the impressive scenery of historic Barcelona all around you.
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Barcelona Private Walking Tour through the City of Gaudi

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Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit

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Barcelona's Private Favourite Markets Tour: 10 Tastings

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The most complete Food & Drink tasting tour of Barcelona in traditional taverns

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Barcelona's best private family food tour

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Find out why Barcelona is a foodie favorite on this private, family-friendly tour. Your local guide takes you and your children to some of the best spots in the city, like the playground in front of the Sant Pau Del Camp church. Play a Barcelona-themed game and embark on a treasure hunt as you enjoy tastings of Spanish dishes like churros, patatas bravas, croquetas, and more.
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Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

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Experience Barcelona like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour that includes skip-the-line access at the city’s most popular attraction, La Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the comfort of traveling by private vehicle to top attractions like Passeig de Gràcia, the waterfront, Montjuïc, and the Gothic Quarter. Take in Barcelona’s famous Modernisme architecture, and learn about the city from a knowledgeable guide.
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Barcelona : Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Exclusive Tour

Barcelona : Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Exclusive Tour

Wanna learn how to cook a traditional Spanish seafood paella? Then take a walk through the old town, and also visit La Boqueria with the chef to buy ingredients. Sample some tasty tapas, make sangria, and follow the chef as he prepares a paella de marisco for you to enjoy. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria. ✔ Walk with a trained chef on an introductory tour of the world-famous Mercat de la Boqueria. ✔ Savor some of the most traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold Tapas. ✔ Learn how to build traditional Basque Pintxos or Montaditos – the “tapas with toothpicks”. ✔ Get all the original recipes. ✔ Discover how to create an enormous Seafood Paella through an interactive cooking workshop with the group. ✔ Learn all about mixing and drinking your very own Sangría. ✔Learn how to make own pan con tomate ✔Hot and cold Spanish and Catalan tapas
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Welcome Tour to Barcelona

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What are La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) hours of operation?
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La Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria) hours of operation: Monday - Saturday 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. Sunday Closed. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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