Spain, Catalonia and in particular Barcelona have a vast gastronomic culture that is perfectly represented in every of its bars, restaurants and markets. You’ve probably heard or read about the incredible food markets in Barcelona has, actually it has so many markets that sometimes it might be difficult to choose for those who haven’t been in the city ever before. In this post we will help you with that giving you the ultimate top 10 list of food markets in Barcelona so you know where to eat to get the best out of your stay.
Food Markets in Barcelona – The TOP 10
1. La Boqueria
The most famous food market in Barcelona, located at Las Ramblas (the city center) is a must for all the tourists want to try some of the best local products in a place full of history. It can get quite crowded especially in summer so the earlier you go, the better. Inside La Boqueria there are a few bars where we recommend you to stop so you can try some tapas. In particular we suggest you a bar called Pinotxo owned by Juanito, a charming 86 year old man who is the most loved worker of the market.
≫ La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona
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2. Santa Caterina
Close to Via Laietana and between the Gothic Area and El Born, Santa Caterina is another great option to get an idea of the catalan local products and dishes. It’s ten minutes away on foot from La Boqueria so we recommend to visit them both if you can! Patatas bravas, bread with tomato, gazpacho and a lot more tapas right next to La Catedral.
≫ Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona
3. Mercat de Sant Antoni
Built in 1872 and one of the biggest food markets in Barcelona, it offers not only food but also second hand clothing and books. A different style of market that will surprise you with its magnetism.
≫ Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona
4. Mercat de Fort Pienc
A newly created market from 2003 close to the Arc de Triomf. It has become an important part of the neighborhood and as well as the other markets it offers local fresh products. If you prefer more relaxed and silent atmospheres this is definitely the market to visit.
≫ Carrer d’Alí Bei, 105, 08013 Barcelona
5. Mercat de la Barceloneta
A market with an undeniable maritime vibe which is the essence of the neighborhood (La Barceloneta). Close to the beach, this is a great option to buy some local types of fish and seafood. The market is surrounded by lots of local restaurants that will delight you with the best paellas in the area.
≫ Plaça Poeta Bosca, 1, 08003 Barcelona
6. Mercat de Sant Andreu
It still has this unique vibe that constructions built last century used to have. Located in the relaxed area of Sant Andreu, this market has been a symbol for the neighborhood since 1914 and it’s still a popular meeting point among older neighbors.
≫ Carrer de Sant Adrià, 16, 08030 Barcelona
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7. Mercat de la Sagrada Família
Built in the last century as well, it has been gaining importance at the same time as Sagrada Familia’s popularity.
≫ Carrer de Padilla, 255, 08013 Barcelona
8. Mercat del Clot
A mix of vintageness and modernity, this market close to the Agbar Tower offers top notch products in a quiet environment
≫ Plaça del Mercat, 26, 08018 Barcelona
9. Mercat de Poblenou
It has a lot of similarities with Mercat del Clot but perhaps this one is a bit more popular among visitors since it’s located in a more touristy area.
≫ Plaça de la Unió, 25, 08005 Barcelona
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10. Market de Sants
This market has one of the most astonishing façades in the list as well as top quality fresh food.
≫ Carrer de Sant Jordi, 6, 08028 Barcelona
Thoughts about Food Markets in Barcelona
You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life in a local market during your stay in Barcelona. In this list we pointed out the most significant Barcelona markets so you know where to buy typical products from local stores. All of the markets listed above offer great quality products and good service with the special charm of the Catalan culture.
Take into account that most of the markets, especially the bigger ones, not only have food stores but also small bars where you can eat breakfast or lunch. Again, we recommend you to go as early as possible since some of the markets are quite popular that might get a bit crowded at some point. Last but not least we want to remind that Barcelona has other markets such as Encants or Santa Llúcia which are not food markets, we will talk about them in another post in this blog since they are definitely another interesting spot to visit in the city.