Starting on las Ramblas at the Liceu Metro station, you’ll take the exit to the La Boqueria, which is Barcelona's oldest and biggest market and is one of 44 fresh food markets in the city! There are two main options for eating here at the Boqueria: either a walking and eating tour of the market or settle on one of the many restaurants for a bar stool meal.
If you opt for the walking/eating tour you’ll find - cured meats and cheeses on skewers, freshly cut fruit, smoothies, fried fish dumplings Buñelos de Bacalao), Italian pizza, sweet or savory pies (empanadas) or freshly made to order crepes. Don’t expect to find any places to sit and enjoy your food, as the tables and chairs you see are for restaurant use only. However, the nearby Hospital Antic (entrances can be found on Carrer Hospital or Carrer del Carme - the first one slightly closer to the market) is a lovely place to find park benches and enjoy a freshly bought snack.
If you opt to settle on a restaurant, then we recommend Bar Pinotxo just at the front of the market, where the stained glass archway is located, at the beginning of the first aisle to your right, or at Bar Central all the way at the back of the main aisle of the market. These two family owned and run restaurants are open from 8am to 3pm (maybe 4pm if you are lucky). When you arrive, catch the eye of someone behind the bar and let them know how many are in your party. They put you on an invisible, but viable waiting list and get you seated as soon as possible. You’ll almost always have to wait in both places, but it is well worth it!
Sara Siddeeq: Born and raised in Buckinghamshire (England), Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds. She primarily works in digital marketing and PR, however she is also a journalist in Barcelona, contributing to over half a dozen websites in the city alone.