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Last updated: 06 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

This effervescent food market manages to pack almost a thousand stalls into its walls.

It’s famed for its fresh produce: the seafood is just off the city’s fishing boats that morning and the fruit and vegetables are locally grown and seasonal, plus there’s the usual selection of Iberian hams, olives and other Mediterranean treats.

Though busy with tourists, it’s a real local institution – the buzz is especially vibrant early in the morning and at lunchtime, when locals gather at the counters to eat tapas and street food, available to take away or eat at the counter, perched on (limited) stools.

The stalls in front take advantage of the passing tourist trade from Las Rambla: head into the interior to take in the truly mind-boggling array of goods (and lower prices).

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

When to do it

Open all year round, seven days a week. Get there early if you want to sit at a counter for lunch – around 11am.

Who to go with: organised tours

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The experience begins with a tour of the nearby La Boquería market. With a rainbow of top-quality produce and diverse blend of aromas, it’s hardly surprising that it is saturated by tourists, making it all the more useful to have a local guide you through the hustle and bustle. The guide will explain to you about traditional foods and the most popular Catalans products as well. After that we come back to our gastronomic space in order to go ahead to make the cooking workshop. All carefully prepared to perfection, the sampling menu consists of a spectacular array of ten “Tapas”, originating from various cities within Spain. The chef will explain the history of Spanish cuisine through these “Tapas”. After that we will be ready to start the cooking class. As a menu we will cook Seafood Paella, Spanish Omelet and Crema Catalana for dessert. Enjoy excellent regional wines. Includes drinks throughout the activity, in the Tapas, in the cooking class and in the Menu.

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