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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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Best food markets in Barcelona


Barcelona is known for its fresh food markets and each district in the city has its own, where the locals go to pick up products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, local cheeses and olive oils. Mostly housed in impressive historic buildings they are worth a visit not only to pick up some local ingredients to use in your apartment´s sleek and well equipped kitchen in your apartment, but also just to wander round and admire.

La Boqueria
The most famous of Barcelona´s food markets is La Boqueria, situated just off La Rambla. It dates as far back as 1200 and is quite a site to behold, housed in a large Neoclassical square with a Moderniste iron skeleton. Today you´ll find all manner of food sellers, as well as fast food stalls, cafes and restaurants – some of our favourites are Bar Pinotxo and Quim de la Boqueria. Keep your eyes open for botifarra – local Catalan sausages, wild mushrooms or Catalan ceps and refreshing fresh fruit smoothies.
Las Ramblas 91

Santa Caterina
Located just across the road from the Barcelona Cathedral (the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Barcelona), this market stands out for its colourful, undulating roof, which was designed by architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue in 2005. Not as crowded or as touristy as La Boqueria, here you´ll be able to wander around with ease, browsing the beautiful mounds of cheeses, olives and seafood. There are also a number of nice cafes and restaurants located just outside.
Avenida de Francesc Cambó, 1

Mercat de la Llibertat
Located in the trendy, Bohemian Gracia district, this is one of the best food markets north of the city centre. Designed in 1888 by Miguel Pascual, it´s a great example of Modernist architecture with its grand brick and iron structure. Here you´ll find around 40 mostly family-run stalls, selling a range of local products from jamón and turrón (like sweet nougat made from toasted nuts and honey) to fresh mussels.
Plaça de la Llibertat, 27

Mercat del Ninot
Built as a fully functioning market back in 1892, Mercat del Ninot is located just a short walk north west of our Universitat apartments, making it an ideal option to visit. Recently re-opened after an extensive renovation project by Mateo Arquitectura, it is now has a sleek and modern interior, whilst still managing to retain its original impressive shape and grand roof structure. Filled with all manner of specialist shops, it also has a large modern supermarket downstairs.
Carrer de Mallorca, 135

Mercat Galvany
Located near our Marimon apartment, this unique market was built on a piece of land donated by Josep Castelló Galvany and was inaugurated in 1927. Built of iron and glass and surrounded by ornate brick work, it was one of the city´s most important markets during the 19th century and is considered to be an artistic monument. Today, as well as the specialist food stalls, you´ll find a number of bars and restaurants and shops selling fresh flowers and perfume. The market is especially spectacular at Christmas, covered in decorations and home to a magnificent mounted crib.
Carrer de Santaló, 65

Mercat de Sarrià
Located in one of Barcelona´s most affluent neighbourhoods, the quaint stalls and produce in this market reflect its location. Designed by architects Arnau Calvet and Marcel·lí Coquillat, the origins of the market can be traced back to 1900, however in 2007 it under went a complete refurbishment. Its attractive red brick façade is pyramidal at the front and is covered in original decorative designs. 22 windows at the top let natural light into the market below.
Passeig de la Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 8 

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