Nestled off La Rambla lies one of Barcelona’s great landmarks, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – more commonly known as La Boqueria. A public market with roots dating back to the 13th century, it is as much a feast for the eyes and ears as it is for the nose and mouth, and was one of our favorite adventure stops in the city. Flowers, spices, candies, fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, wines, cheeses and chocolates, and every sort of person in-between buying, selling, sampling, eating, talking, and laughing. Walk around a corner and see people sampling cheeses with sangria; turn down the next aisle and watch Iberian ham being carved off the leg.
The market also boasts a food school taught by prominent chefs and sommeliers “to raise the perception of the senses in good food and culture at the table.” Ferran Adria called La Boqueria “a temple of gastronomy” and, as Adria’s workshop El Taller is located nearby, if you’re lucky enough you might just bump into him or one of his disciples in the market as they gather ingredients for their next culinary masterpiece.
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