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April 2012 | Trends | Gastronomy | Barcelona

The market halls are lively places with a fascinating commercial and social activity. To walk through them and purchase something is a fascinating gastronomic experience in Barcelona.
Living markets in Barcelona
Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona
Mercat de Santa Caterina, Barcelona
Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

Few cities worldwide have a network of market halls like the one in Barcelona, with its 40 fresh food markets and six others forming a unique heritage of culinary culture, tradition and architecture.

In fact, at Barcelona’s markets you can enjoy a lively joyful atmosphere in a colourful setting where the cries of the merchants mix with the coming and going of carts and boxes of food. The markets are one of the best places to acquaint oneself with the ways of Barcelona’s people, as places where buying is much more than a mere economic transaction, extending to the sphere of human relations. Carrying fresh food products of all types, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic markets is Mercat de La Boqueria, which was named one of the World’s Best Markets at the International Public Markets Conference in Washington D.C. Other interesting neighbourhood markets include Mercat de Sant Antoni (where second-hand book dealers also set up their stalls on Sundays) and Mercat del Ninot, both located in the Eixample district.


Market Routes
Additionally, four interesting routes are now available to take you to the city’s most notable markets. Called the Barcelona Market Routes, they are a unique way to visit diverse points of the network of 46 municipal market halls. In addition to giving you the chance to learn about Barcelona’s history in parallel to that of the markets themselves, these routes allow you to discover when, where and why the most recent market halls were built. They also acquaint you with the markets’ architectural facets and provide a detailed closeup view of the wonderful Modernista or Art Nouveau market buildings.


Markets imperdibles

  • La Boqueria: it was named one of the World’s Best Markets at the International Public Markets Conference.
  • Santa Caterina: an architectural jewel with a roof designed by the architects Miralles and Tagliabue.


Walking tours gourmet
On these guided walks with the flavour of the city’s most picturesque streets, you become acquainted with Barcelona’s famous culinary culture. The tours let you discover the city’s history and some of its foremost gastronomic establishments. Sales and information
 





 

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