CITY BITES BARCELONA

Barcelona Markets

When we talk about Barcelona food markets, La Boqueria is definitely the first and most important to mention. However, besides the largest market, there are almost forty other smaller local markets that one can visit—some of these are more specialized like the Fira Artesana, famous for its organic Catalonian products.

Much like La Boqueria, Fira Artesana is also close to La Rambla, barely one hundred meters from the Liceu subway station. However, the market is only held on every first Friday of each month. The stalls are open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again after siesta from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At this time, we should be prepared for special honeys and everything good one can do with this golden sweet product—cheeses infused with honey, sweets, nuts preserved in honey, and other goods that make Fira Artesana live up to its nickname, the Honey Market.

Close to the Sant Antoni subway station, Mercat de Sant Antoni awaits those who want a more general experience. The monumental steel construct that gives home to it is just closing to the end of its renovation. It invites us every day except Friday to take a look at its wares. Being a flea market, it offers clothing items, coins, and books (besides food). From Monday to Friday, it holds siesta from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. But besides this, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On weekends and vigil days, the market skips the siesta to offer its goods for a straight thirteen hours (and a half).

There are a number of other markets that can take pride in being more than a century old. El Clot (at the Clot subway station), Mercat de Poblenou (near two-minute walk from Poblenou subway station), and Abaceria Central Market (about four hundred meters from Gracia subway station) have a lot in common besides their age. All of them are built to supply a smaller region with all the fresh fish, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, and all the food one might need.

Due to the dynamic expansion of the heart of Catalonia, modern markets started to pop up since the mid-sixties as well to meet the needs of the growing population. It is safe to say that today, every region of the city has a local market close to it. The Ciutat Meridiana Market, Canyeles Market, and Carmel Market (all close to the subway station of the same name) are representatives of these new local gems. On one occasion, in the case of Les Tres Torres, they even reconstructed a film studio into a market.

As we can see, we do not need to travel great distances to get to a market. While it is definitely worth the time to visit La Boqueria at least once when we visit the city, it is not an issue to find a market at a convenient distance from any location of Barcelona for those who love to browse and taste the local products

Boqueria Bite Card: Self-Guided Tapas Tour

Tour Highlights

The Self-Guided Tour is a true culinary adventure for the free-spirited foodie! With the purchase of our Boqueria Bite Card, you will be entitled to 6 of the most delicious tapas the market has to offer.

This tour is ideal for Foodies and ALL food lovers who want to experience, taste and explore this vibrant market place. The bites are carefully selected to allow you to enjoy the abundance of choices you´ll find in the market.

• purchase online (see purchase button below) or from our pick-up point
• go to the Boqueria Market, find the stall, tear the coupon and hand it over
to the vendor and get your bite!
• you will find the selected vendors where you can pick up your “bite of
Barcelona” on a map on the back of the bite card,
• you can share the bites
• you can use the Bite Card any day, it is valid for 6 months and
transferable once you purchase it,
• Also available for groups who want to disperse and roam the market
individually or in pairs

Included:
• An Audio Guide (downloadable MP3 files) with a historical and anecdotal account of the market and its surroundings.

• Six Delicious tapas:

A Variety of Greek Delicacies & Retsina Wine
A Choice of Seafood Tapa OR Vegan/Kosher/Halal Falafel
Brochette OR Fideuà OR Potato & Meat Pincho & Cava
A Variety of Olives
Freshly Squeezed Juice & Fruit Salad
Choice of Classic Nougats for Dessert

• A suggested Itinerary, including detailed information on the bites/stalls

Price: 25 EUR/Boqueria Bite Card
Duration: At your own pace!
Best Times: 11:00 (AM) – 14:00 (2:00 PM) MON-SATURDAY
Tips: This is a Walking Tour, if you wish so, you can take your tapas and eat them at the newly inaugurated Plaça de la Gardunya in the back of the market, while you enjoy the sun! There are plenty of seating spots.
Maximum/Minimum: up to you!
Pick-up Point: After making your purchase, you’ll receive a reservation number and relevant information. Take that number and show it when picking up your card.
Address: Barcelona Holiday Bici, Passatge d´Escudellers 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain, about a 5-minute walk from the market. www.barcelonaholidaybici.com

OTHER:
• Bring a smile with you! and be patient, after all it´s a market place!
• You may take as many pictures as you wish during the tour.
• Buy the Bite Cards for yourself, and as a gift for family, friends, and
colleagues,
• For Agency Rates and Group Fares, please contact us!
Other Times: MONDAY-SATURDAY according to vendors/stall hours:

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-20:00 (9am-8pm)

A Choice of Seafood Tapa >
Opening hours: Mon Closed, Tues-Sat 10:00-16:30 (10am-4:30pm) OR

Vegan/Kosher/Halan Falafel >
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-18:00 (11am-6pm)

Opening hours: Mon 8:00 – 15:00 (8am-3pm),
Tues-Sat 8:00- 16:00 (8am-4pm)

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 8:00-14:00 (8am-2pm),
Fri-Sat: 8:00-20:00 (8am-8pm)

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-20:00 (8am-8pm)

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 09:00-20:30 (9am-8:30pm)

Seafood & Wine Tasting Tour

Tour Highlights

The Seafood Tour is a true culinary adventure! Visit The Boqueria Market and enjoy a wonderful selection of seafood brought to the market every day! Our guide will introduce you to:
• the history of the fishmongers of the Boqueria,
• the scene behind the local seafood industry,
• an impressive assortment of mouth-wateringly seafood: mussels, langoustines, lobsters, crab, and more available throughout the many stalls in the market,
• the secrets behind the different cooking methods, nutritional values and best ways to ensure the freshness and quality of seafood

The second part of the tour takes you to a magnificent Wine Cellar, which dates back to the XVII century, located right in the Boqueria market. A unique family-owned space in Barcelona.

Included:
• Grilled or fried Shrimp
• Oysters
• Seafood Salad
• A local delicacy
• Three premium wines or cava (3 glasses)
• Variety of local sausages (embutidos)
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olis d’origen) and fresh bread
• Professional Sommelier
• Tour Guide

Price: 89 EUR/Person
Duration: 2,5 – 3 Hrs
Starting Times: 11:30 (AM) OR 14:30 (2:30 PM) TUE-SAT
Languages: English, Spanish, French, or German
Meeting Point: Entrance of the Boqueria Market (Rambla de Sant Josep, 91) by the market map
Maximum: 20 persons/per group, Minimum: 2 persons

OTHER
• Please note that you will be walking for most of the tour, so dress comfortably.
• You may take as many pictures as you wish during the tour.
• You are welcome to stay at the wine cellar and continue to enjoy their selection of wines either at the upstairs bar or at the outside terrace.
• Tips are not necessary, but allowed.
• For other tour times and/or languages requests, please contact us!