La Boqueria Market - Best Hotels in the Area and Gourmet Food Tour


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La Boqueria Market (in Catalan Mercat de La Boqueria) is a sensual extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and sounds located at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a famous group of streets that run from Placa Catalunya all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

As you stroll down Las Ramblas, you will encounter kiosks, restaurants, performers, and other Barcelona attractions that cater to pedestrians, making it the perfect place to while away the day wandering and exploring.

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Best Hotels Near La Boqueria in Barcelona

Are you looking for the best places to stay in Barcelona? If the answer is yes, then you should book a Barcelona accommodation near La Boqueria food market, which is located in one of the best areas to stay in town.

When we recommend the best areas to stay in the city, we take into account what that particular neighborhood has to offer. Are there enough accommodation types? Are there good transportation options to other parts of the city? Are there important Barcelona attractions? How many of them can you reach by taking a short walk? Are there good restaurants? Shopping facilities?

Certainly, the area near La Boqueria answers yes to all the questions above. In general, the best areas to stay in Barcelona that we recommend are The Old City (Ciutat Vella) and particularly the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. Other areas like the Eixample district and the Port Olimpic are also good options.

If you want to stay near La Boqueria, you should book your hotel whether in Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter or the area of Plaza Catalunya. You'll find many accommodation options, such as hostels, hotels, guest houses, B&B, and apartments. We offer excellent deals for any Barcelona accommodation category!

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La Boqueria Market - Taste Barcelona with a gourmet guided walking tour

Taste Barcelona with a gourmet guided walking tour

Gourmet Walking Tour Including the “Ham Museum”

Frequented by both locals and tourists, the marketplaces provide a meeting place for all walks of life that come together over delicious Barcelona food. If you are planning to visit Barcelona, make sure you treat yourself to a leisurely ramble through La Boqueria and Santa Caterina Markets -two of the key places to visit in Barcelona!

If you consider yourself a “foodie” and are looking to experience the best of Barcelona, be sure to check out our Gourmet Walking Tour. Not only will you be able to benefit from an expert guide, but there will also be plenty of tasty food to sample.

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La Boqueria Market - Main entrance at Las Ramblas

La Boqueria Barcelona and its main entrance at Las Ramblas

La Boqueria Market at the Heart of Las Ramblas

At the heart of Las Ramblas, you can find La Boqueria, a famous food market in Barcelona and also one of the world’s most famous markets. In this sea of aromatic and colorful displays of fresh food in all its forms from harvest to the plate, you can certainly experience the taste of Barcelona.

Whether you are getting a morning café con leche, drinking fresh juices and smoothies, sampling food at a traditional tapas bar, or taking some seafood at a Boqueria restaurant, you get a sense of the generations of history that this incredible market represents.

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La Boqueria Market - Feel in paradise by enjoying a variety of exotic fresh juices and fruits

Feel in paradise by enjoying a variety of exotic fresh juices and fruits

Experience Abundance at Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Make sure you go down to this famous Barcelona market at Las Ramblas hungry because you will want to sample many of the delicious fresh foods and drinks available throughout the market.

The market features stall after stall of fresh fruits and juices, vegetables, herbs, pieces of bread, fresh and preserved meats and fish, fresh seafood in general, and a wide variety of delicacies both commonplace and exotic.

This Barcelona food market is a chef’s paradise of raw ingredients as well as a place to sample all manners of prepared food - a delicious way to experience Barcelona!

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La Boqueria market is a heaven for food lovers and top chefs

The market is a heaven for food lovers and top chefs

La Boqueria Today

Since the turn of the 21st century, La Boqueria has seen a renewal. In 2003, the market added a Culinary Classroom, which offers daily cooking education and activities for both adults and children. In 2005, Mercat de La Boqueria won a prize for best market in the world at the World Markets Congress in Washington D.C.

The people of La Boqueria are proud of the history upon which the market stands, but also look toward the future as they find new ways to integrate the market into contemporary life in Barcelona.

Once a rambling riverbed, Las Ramblas is now a major hub of Barcelona tourism. Not simply a place to buy goods, but also a cultural experience. The Boqueria food market is a great place to wander and soak up the flavors, smells, sounds, and sights of local Barcelona culture.

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La Boqueria Market - The Barcelona coat of arms and the Modernist arch with stained glass

The Barcelona coat of arms and the Modernist arch with stained glass

The Fascinating History of La Boqueria

The Boqueria food market is part of the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona which, as its name (“Old City”) implies, is the oldest part of the Barcelona city. Located in the heart of Las Ramblas, it became part of Barcelona in 1377, when a project was launched to expand the city walls to include the area.

“Las Ramblas” originally comes from the Arabic word “ramlah,” which means a dry ravine. This term was then adapted into Spanish. Once this area was a natural seasonal waterway that drained rainwater from the nearby Collserola hills. Around 1440, the stream was diverted outside of the city walls.

After that, the naturally winding path evolved into a pedestrian walkway around which the city blossomed. Through the centuries, Las Ramblas became the central street of Barcelona, a gathering place for trading and festivals. When you walk through Las Ramblas Barcelona, you really feel like a part history as you join the thousands of pedestrians that have walked this area throughout the generations.

La Boqueria, officially called Mercat de Sant Josep, was established on the site of the San Josep convent after it burned in a fire in 1835. In 1914, it was formally contained under an iron roof with a beautiful stained glass sign at the entrance. Don’t miss this iconic example of the modernist style. Many of the stalls at La Boqueria today are run by third and fourth generation vendors, maintaining the marketplace’s strong ties to its history.