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.20141219 -boqueria15We 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.

20141219 -boqueria05 20141219 -boqueria04 20141219 -boqueria09We 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.20141219 -boqueria03My 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.

20141219 -boqueria10These 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.

20141219 -boqueria14For 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?

20141219 -boqueria11We 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!

20141219 -boqueria12Baby 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.

20141219 -boqueria13The Catalan Cream was rich and creamy, it satisfied my taste buds to give the Spanish creme brulee a try.

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.

Tips

Skip breakfast and go straight to food stalls. Recommend Pinotxo, Bar Central, El Quim.

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!

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Tips

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.

 

4 Comments
  • Carmen
    Posted at 22:24h, 31 January Reply

    We have a brunch at Bar Central. I was there at 13:30, and wait for 20 mins. It was lucky that we were the last served group. Therefore no people waiting for seats behind us. We ordered mixed seafood plate. It looked great and the taste was exquisite. Seafood was unbelievably fresh and prepared in front of us.

    • vivi
      Posted at 00:33h, 03 February Reply

      wowww,,seems that I should have waited for the table. Yes, we took a quick look around the seafood bar and they looked super fresh, wished that we had a chance to try this place.

  • Jo
    Posted at 13:20h, 02 February Reply

    I miss Barcelona so much! And El Quim is delicious!

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

    • vivi
      Posted at 00:31h, 03 February Reply

      Can’t wait to go back and very nice to have you dropping by!

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