I hope you had a restful weekend! I sure did. Left to my own devices for the entire weekend, I spent most of Saturday walking about taking photos and all of Sunday taking it easy with photo editing, writing, and future goal planning. I’m always thinking two steps ahead—details forthcoming later this week!
Since arriving in Barcelona, I knew I’d need to brave the crowds of tourists at the infamous Boqueria Market at least once. My friend Christina and I visited the market the last time I was in Barcelona, almost 2 years ago. Now that I have more time in Barcelona and a better camera, I left the flat Saturday afternoon eager to photograph the fruit paradise that is La Boqueria Market.
Truth be told, hunger also motivated me to leave the flat as I craved more watermelon for lunch. I knew a massive open-air market like La Boqueria would deliver. I found an endless supply of fresh fruit and veggies, plenty of my beloved watermelon, juices, dried fruits, confectionery, and spices.
Most fruit stalls were conveniently located in the front of the market, just off of La Rambla. These stalls were also the busiest out of all other stalls there. No surprise, though, since fruit is colourful, vibrant, sweet and delicious! Who could possibly resist fresh fruit in this summer heat?
Since prices among stalls vary (even if they are selling the same stuff), have a wander around the market first and compare prices before purchasing anything. And as always, don’t touch the produce! Ask a vendor to help you instead.
Several stalls offer fresh squeezed juices of all different fruits and flavour combinations. I tried the strawberry mango juice–yum!
You might not want to eat anything else with all this fresh fruit available. If you have a hankering for cooked food, though, head to the back right of the market (along the perimeter) and look for the Organic Barcelona and Falafel Vegano stalls. They offer vegan and vegetarian takeaway options, like falafel sandwiches, wraps, and salads. You’ll need to ask about which offerings are vegan, however, since I chose wedge of fresh watermelon as my meal instead. FYI: watermelon wedges are cheaper than the pre-cut watermelon in cups. Just remember to bring your own spoon.
After scoring some food, you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating (on concrete benches and chairs) at the very back of the market.
As expected with Spanish markets, be mindful that you’ll inevitably come across butchers and fishmongers. (Thanks to my friend Ivy for the heads-up before I arrived.) If the smell and sight of body parts on display makes your stomach turn, don’t venture deep into the market! Stay in the front near all the fruit stalls or walk around the perimeter instead.
Visiting this market reminded me of my visit to the Mercat de l’Olivar in Palma. I miss Palma (and the watermelon) so much!
La Boqueria is open 6 days a week from 8-830pm Monday through Saturday. It is a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona, fruit vegan or not. Just be prepared: markets like this are perfect for opportunistic pickpockets. Keep your phone, cash, and other valuables secure. Don’t make the same mistake I did when my phone was stolen from my bag in the Turkish Market in Berlin!
Have you visited La Boqueria before?