5 Best Barcelona Food Markets
About Barcelona Food Markets
For a real Food Lover it is quite a MUST to experience at least a few of the top Barcelona food markets. The smell of freshest seafood, the exotic fruits you have probably never seen before and the beauty of the colourful vegetables will satisfy anyone’s dreams of a Spanish food market.
1. Mercat de la Boqueria / Sant Josep
Barcelona’s best-known market with its unique atmosphere, offers a wide range of fresh vegetables, tropical fruits, never seen Sweets, an unforgettable world of fresh sea food, as well as Tapas Bars for a short culinary break. Though la Boquería is meanwhile one of the most famous tourist attractions of Barcelona, it´s still an important food market for locals and Chefs.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 08:00 – 20:30 Sunday closed
Where: La Rambla, 89
2. Mercat de Santa Caterina
Quieter and less touristy than La Boquería, Santa Caterina Market is just a two minutes’ walk from the Cathedral of Barcelona. The colourful rooftop was designed by the famous Catalan architect Enric Miralles and represents the colours of the fruits and vegetables, reflecting a historical connection to Barcelona’s modernist tradition. It’s well known for its vibrantly and lively atmosphere and with the beautiful assortment of the fresh products, it is easy to imagine the architect’s inspiration for the unique rooftop design.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 7.30am-3.30pm; Thu-Fri 7.30am-8.30pm; Sat 7.30am-3.30pm; Sun closed
Where: Av. Francesc Cambó, 16
3. Mercat de la Concepció
The market of Concepcion was built in 1888 in the centre of Barcelona in the neighbourhood of Eixample and it is the ideal meeting place to enjoy a dining experience together with a wide range of delicious fresh fruits, vegetables as well as shopping options. It is particularly well known for its flower market including all types of greenery, located at the backside of the building.
Opening hours: Mon & Sat 8am-3pm; Tue-Fri 8am-8pm; Sun closed
Where: Carrer d’Aragó, 313
4. Mercat del Ninot
El Ninot Market dates back to 1893 when it was still an open air market and it was recently reopened in May 2015 after a five-year refurbishment period. The market has now a modern appearance mixed up with the original designs of steel and glass. As all the Markets of Barcelona also the Mercat del Ninot can be pretty busy at certain daytimes, but the wide aisles permit a steady movement and therefore, a light and laid back atmosphere.
Mon-Sat 8am-9.15pm; Sun closed
Where: Carrer de Mallorca, 157
5. Mercat de la Llibertat
Barcelona’s Mercat de la Llibertat has stood on this site since 1888 and let you dive at once into a local, village market feel. The market invites you to catch up the atmosphere created by distinctive smells and flavours in an extremely beautiful modernist building, which has been refurbished several times. It counts to one of the most important food markets of Barcelona and don´t miss to explore also the small alleyways of the neighbourhood Vila de Gracia. (Read also our article: Barcelona´s authentic district “Vila de Gràcia” & the Street Festival “Fiesta Mayor de Gràcia”!)
Mon-Fri 8am-8.30pm; Sat 8am to 3pm; Sun closed
Where: Plaça de la Llibertat, 27