One of the most amazing things about Barcelona is that the city, even being one of the most cosmopolite in Europe, still maintains some of its most traditional places. Some of them, such as the food markets of every neighborhood, have make a twist and turned into modern and trendy places whose essence still breathes the spirit of the old town.
As part of our willing of bringing you some of the most amazing places in this blog, let’s take a look to what some of them, the most famous ones, have to offer. Let’s start!
Mercat de la Plaça de la Llibertat
Gracia is one of the most charming neighborhoods of Barcelona. Considered by the citizens kind of a little town inside the city, it maintains the traditional taste of the old times but has now become a favorite for the hipsters. Its most famous food market is the Mercat at La Plaça de la Llibertat, dated from 1888 and made by architect Pasqual Tintorer, a modernist project that brings you to the old Barcelona. You can visit their website here.
Mercat del Ninot
Our second proposal, Mercat del Ninot, is located in the area of Eixample, in the centre of the city, and has been opened for a year since its renovation. With a more ‘industrial’ concept, here you can take a look to its numerous food stops or to enjoy some tapas, wines or traditional dishes. Our recommendation? Stop at Ninot Cuina, the project of En Compañía de Lobos there (Gallito Restaurant is another one of their proposals in the city), and taste some Catalan cuisine while enjoying the movement in the market through its wide stained glass windows. Visit their website here.
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Mercat de Santa Caterina is another of the food markets you must know on your visit to Barcelona. Located in Born, the most hipster area in the city, the market is dated from 1845 but was fully renovated 12 years ago. After enjoying the views and the frenetic movement of the market stops, you can visit the Arcano Restaurant, located very close to the market, for tasting some Mediterranen creative cuisine. You can visit their website here.
And finally, the crown jewel. La Boqueria is the most famous market in the city. Located in Las Ramblas, very close to Liceu, here you can find a mixture of traditional market stops mixed with very colorful fruit little shops, while enjoying the frenetic movement of the area. With over 2500 m2, and more than 300 food stops, La Boqueria is a must-see in the city.