Barcelona has a unique market network. Each neighborhood has its own market, where, besides shopping, you can enjoy modern buildings or modernist vanguard. In addition, the atmosphere lively and colorful makes the markets as a great place to eat or for to take a picture. Many markets in Barcelona have been remodeled in recent years. This is a recovery of social and architectural value of buildings.
The Boqueria market is undoubtedly the most known of Barcelona. CNN puts the Boqueria market as the first in the list of the best markets of the world. It is a paradise for the senses. A multitude of feelings that’s open passage between the busy comings and goings of people in the right profession strives to buy and sell. La Boqueria is a gastronomic temple, a place that congregates all the phases in the food chain, from the producers, harvesters, butchers and fishmongers who provide the food, to the individual and professional clients who wander through this magnificent, characteristic maze of traders in charge of the market stalls. At the Boqueria people eat, shop and gossip together doing what the Spanish excel at, living life well and enjoying a sense of community.
Markets in Barcelona offer the ideal place to purchase some of the freshest food and produce in the city, which is usually very reasonably priced. They are the perfect place in Barcelona to by food for snacks or ingredients for meals and there is generally much more choice than in supermarkets. Barcelona’s bustling markets provide a fun way to shop, for both experienced and novice bargain hunters alike. The best way to enjoy the many others opportunities that Barcelona offers its visitors, is to rent an apartment in the city center, starting from the visit at the most spectacular show of its gastronomy, the Boqueria Market, on the charming Ramblas.
The Mercat del Born (now under restoration) is one of the most important buildings in Barcelona, constructed with iron. Located in the lower, east side of the la Ribera neighborhood, it is the largest covered square in all of Europe and marked the start of Modernisme in Catalan architecture.
In addition these are some of the most important markets of the city:
- Mercat de Sant Antoni (under restoration), located in Ronda de Sant Pau (junction with c/del Comte). Food stalls are situated in the centre of this large Barcelona market and many close in the month of August.
- Mercat de Santa Caterina at Pg Lluis Companys. This food market is conveniently positioned for the Parc de Ciutadella and also the beach.
- Mercat de la Barceloneta, very close to the beach at Pl de la Font.
- Mercat de la Libertat at Pl de la Libertat, in the Gracia neighborhood.