Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Trip to Barcelona, Spain (Day 8): La Boqueria

And finally, La Boqueria. Trust me, we visiting this famous market a few times but I wanted to consolidate my posts about it. First, it's not just a food market. It's also an open air grocery market selling all kind of things from fruit and vegetables to meat, cheese, charcuterie, and seafood. It's a one stop shop for people looking for food to cook as well as cooked food to eat right away.
This is also a really good place to look for food gifts/souvenirs. Though I would skip the saffron here. Instead, go to Angel Jobal which is a wholesale spice store. I received the best price per ounce there. Also, there's no question about the quality of the Spanish saffron there. Avoid the Turkish saffron.

Anyway, La Boqueria is crowded at most hours but if you visit at certain off times like early in the morning when stalls are setting up or late at night, then you get a very unique experience there. We decided to go early one day to walk around and experience everything. We took every sight and smell in without the over crowding. The fish market was pleasant and the displays were beautiful. Rainbows of different seafood over ice. And not a smelly fish to be found.
Eggs, unlike in the US, are not refrigerated. You can buy the usual brown or white. Look harder and you can also find fresh duck and geese eggs as well.
Since we haven't been eating enough fruits and vegetables at the restaurants we've been visiting, a few necessary trips to markets like La Boqueria was necessary. We stored delicious ripe apples, tangerines, and pineapples in our hotel rooms. We devours them between site seeing and before dinner. Trust me, your body will be craving that deliciously sweet fruit.
But don't be fooled by the empty looking pictures above. Like I said, I went early in the morning as stalls were setting up. The market, usually looks like the below. Crowds of tourists and locals cram into the small aisles. Some keep moving, some just stand in the way.
La Boqueria is definitely a must visit if you're into food shopping. It's quite an experience. Definitely snatch up some marcona almonds, dates stuffed with chocolate, or fruit fruit by the cup.

La Boqueria
Rambla, 91, 08002
Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 18 25 84
www.boqueria.info

Angel Jobal
Carrer de la Princesa, 38
08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 19 78 02
www.angeljobal.es

2 comments:

  1. Did you buy the pineapple already cut? Just trying to figure how you prepped that in the hotel room. Hehe.

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    1. Well, I do try to bring a picnic knife with cover and wine opener with me when I travel. However, not only was the pineapple already cut into bite sized pieces, every container of cut fruit comes with a mini fork.

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