31 Jan Barcelona: La Boqueria
Come visit the La Boqueria market to taste the freshest fruit juices, seafood, jamon and much more. Situated in centre of Ciutat Vella, La Boqueria is one of the most visited landmark in Barcelona.We walked down La Rambla before entering the market – a tree lined pedestrian street which is also known as the most common place for pickpockets in the city. I was nervous enough to guard my bag in front of my body very diligently. I’m never able to close my 3.1 Phillip Lim mini pashli with one hand, I guess for that particular time I should very much appreciate his “safety” lock design.
We could smell sweetness from the fresh fruits at the market entrance. Such a vibrant and vivid scene to look at and first thing you should do is to get your daily vitamin intake – JUICE. There were too many flavours and combinations to choose from and they were only like 2€ each. Be beware some stalls marked up their juice to 4€, don’t start to sip until you know for sure how much you should be paying.My favourite Jamón Ibérico of course was everywhere in the market. Take a sample if the owner offers you one. It’s the nuttiest and most flavourful ham that I ever had! It’s a guilty pleasure (high in price and fat) but who cares? You gotta try at least once in Barcelona/Spain.
These fresh fruit gelatin candies were utterly soft and delicious. They didn’t taste like artificial gummy bears. Many flavours to choose from and again you should sample before you make up your mind. My picks were Lychee and Sangria.
For home cooks, you could find variety of spices, (tip: stock up some saffron), fresh meats and seafoods that we wouldn’t see them anywhere in Vancouver before. Can somebody tell me what’s that on the right picture?
We came here for breakfast and picked a popular spot – El Quim De La Boqueria. Glad to be seated quickly with only 5 mins of wait – yes do expect long lines at lunch hour sometimes!
Baby squid with fried eggs was their house specialty dish. We liked it but found it’s a hint too salty for our taste. Nevertheless, the flavours were brought together nicely and squid was cooked perfectly.
We were planning to have more seafood dishes from Bar Central, but the long lines kinda turned us away. If you have been to Bar Central or Pinotxo, I would love to hear about your experience.
Get some nice quality saffron, it can be some nice souvenirs for your friends & family.
After finishing our brunch, I planned to get some handmade espadrilles and nothing said more authentic and original than La Manual Alpargatera. Once you get in, go right up to the counter to get your number first. Be prepared that there might be a great number of people in front of you. You can start browsing the styles and fabrics while waiting the staff to call your number. The more complicated the style the more expensive they are. I picked the basic low wedges in navy colour, a pair of genuine made in Spain espadrilles only costed me 20€. I have been wearing them for almost rest of our trip, they are super comfortable and affordable!
They close from 1:30-4:30pm, make sure you check the time before going there.
The materials would stretch, go for your normal european shoe size.