Barcelona markets: The top ten

Your ultimate guide to the best of Barcelona's markets – fresh meat, fish, fruit, veg and so much more

Food is an integral part of Catalan culture and Barcelona is the perfect example of this. With its 39 food markets spread throughout the city's neighbourhoods, tourists and locals alike don't have to travel far to see the displays of the fresh products that line the market aisles. From fresh produce, like fruits, veggies, meat and fish, only markets to a more widespread array of food, flowers and boutiques at others, the markets around town are all unique in their own way. The bars and restaurants in and around the markets are also some of the best places to treat your tastebuds at too. 

1
boqueria
©Maria Dias
Shopping, Markets and fairs
Mercat de la Boqueria
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: The Raval
La Rambla, 89
Liceu (M: L3)
 
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm; Sun closed
  
La Boquería is the best-known market in Barcelona and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction thanks to its location on the bustling La Rambla. Hosting a wide range of fresh food, it's the perfect stop to have a bite to eat while taking in the sites of central Barcelona. Whether you choose to find a seat at one of the many teeming countertops or pick up something on the go, you'll find a huge variety of food, from salads and sandwiches to snack cones filled with ham or shrimp. Losing yourself in the crowds thronging the aisles is a great way to soak up the atmosphere, while the tantalizing smells from fresh fish and charcuterie entice you in.
 
Where to eat:
Bar CentralOne of the busiest and most popular bars in the market that excels in its fresh fish dishes.
 
El Quim de la Boquería. Another highly regarded bar whose signature dish is baby squid with eggs.
 
Bar PinotxoOwned by the lovely Juanito, this is a must-visit for their delicious chickpea dishes.
icon-location-pin El Raval
2
Mercat de Sant Antoni
© Pere Virgili
Attractions
Mercat de Sant Antoni
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Eixample
Comte d'Urgell, 1 bis
Sant Antoni (M: L2)
 
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun closed
 
The market reopened in May 2018 after undergoing major renovations. It now has 235 establishments with 52 of them selling fresh produce alone inside the market. The others surround the market on various days. On Sundays, the book market is outside of the building on Urgell street where you can find books and arrays of tinkets and goods.
 
Where to eat: 
Bar Casa Blanca. Located inside the market, the fish is always fresh and the recommendation list changes daily. The bacon and cheese sandwich for lunch is also a must. 
icon-location-pin Eixample
Advertising
3
Mercat de Santa Caterina
©Lottie Chesterman
Attractions
Mercat de Santa Caterina
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: The Born & Sant Pere
Av. Francesc Cambó, 16
Jaume I (M: L4)
 
Opening hours:
Mon 7.30am-3.30pm; Tue 7.30am-8.30pm; Wed 7.30am-3.30pm; Thu, Fri 7.30am-8.30pm; Sat 7.30am-3.30pm; Sun closed
 
Easily spotted from Plaça Nova, Mercat de Santa Caterina is most distinctive for its vibrantly coloured, undulating rooftop designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles, a representation of the colours of the fruit and vegetables found in the market, which encapsulates Barcelona's modernista tradition. Less chaotic than La Boquería, it's still a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, creating a vivid and lively atmosphere. The stalls sell a beautiful assortment of fresh produce including meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables, making it easy to visualise the architect's inspiration for the unique roof design.
 
Where to eat:
Bar Joan. Frequented by both tourists and locals, their flavoursome Catalan dishes are popular among all. 
icon-location-pin Ciutat Vella
4
Mercat de Sant Andreu
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat de Sant Andreu
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Sant Andreu
Plaça del Mercadal, 41
Sant Andreu (M: L1)
 
Opening hours: 
Mon 8am-1:30pm; Tue-Thu 8am-2pm; Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 8am-2:30pm; Sun closed
 
This local market is located in a delightful colonnaded square in the charming neighbourhood of Sant Andreu. It may not be huge, but it has everything you could need in terms of fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg, as well as herbs and condiments. There are more stalls, shops and bars beneath the colonnade itself, including florists and bakeries. A favourite is Chocolat, specialising in tea and, well, chocolate, the passionate chocolatiers sell high quality chocolates, ice creams and a variety of teas. The chocolate covered comfit orange peel is not to be missed.
 
Where to eat:
Restaurante Rabasseda. This little restaurant in the colonnade sells a variety of dishes which use products from the market.
Advertising
5
Mercat de la Concepció
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat de la Concepció
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: The Eixample
Carrer d'Aragó, 313
Girona (M: L4)
 
Opening hours: 
Mon & Sat 8am-3pm;
Tue-Fri 8am-8pm; Sun closed
  
La Concepció is particularly well known for its flower market, located at the back of the market. Here you’ll find all types of flowers and greenery, ideal for anyone with gardening ambitions. Entering the market is an unusual experience. The space opens up in front of you like a large warehouse; to your right an appliances shop, to your left and below you, a supermarket. Yep, that’s right, below you. In fact, to get to the market stalls you must walk across a bridge suspended over the supermarket; quite the grand entrance. The market itself comprises of a fantastic range of fruit, veg, meat and wine stalls. The fresh fruit and mixed juices are particularly delicious.
 
Where to eat: 
Forn Pastisseria L’EixampleOriginating in 1910, this bakery sells beautiful sweet and savoury pastries. Alternatively swing by one of the fruit stalls for freshly cut fruit if you’re looking for a healthier option.
 
6
Mercat de Sants
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat de Sants
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Sants-Montjuïc
Carrer de Sant Jordi, 6
Plaça de Sants (M: L1, L5)
 
Opening hours:
Mon 8am-2.30pm; Tue-Fri 8am-8.30pm; Sat 8am-3pm, 5pm-8.30pm; Sun closed
 
 
Located in the neighbourhood of Sants, near Montjuïc, Mercat de Sants is another example of stunning modernista architecture; a large and spacious brick building with ornate details and charming original features. Inside it has a surprisingly modern feeling, its high vaulted ceiling providing a light and roomy atmosphere. The stalls offer the usual fresh produce as well as several counters where you can buy ready-made meals and snacks such as pastas, croquettes, empanadas and salads.
 
Where to eat:
Arrom. Swing by Arrom to pick up some exquisite charcuterie and cheese, or stop and take a seat at the counter for a sandwich, prepared before you, with delicious fillings including Iberian ham, pork or a selection of cheeses.
 
Advertising
7
Mercat del Ninot
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat del Ninot
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: The Eixample
Carrer de Mallorca, 157
Hospital Clínic (M: L5)
 
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 8am-9.15pm; Sun closed
 
 
Having reopened in May 2015 after a five-year refurbishment period, El Ninot has a much more modern feel than some of the other markets. It's spotless and spacious; the cavernous roof that covers the stalls below is constructed from steel and glass, creating a light and airy atmosphere. Even during the busy lunch hour, there's still enough room in the wide aisles for all of the many customers cruising the stalls to find something to eat.
 
Where to eat:
The Res. A small bar tucked in a corner of the market, it's best-known for its charcuterie, and serves delicious tapas and a variety of other dishes. The 'croquetas de jamón' (ham croquettes) are particularly delectable. 
 
8
Mercat de Galvany
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat de Galvany
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi 
Carrer de Santaló, 65
Diagonal (M: L3, L5)
 
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 7am-2.30pm; Fri & Sat 7am-8pm (select seasons); Sun closed
 
A Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighbourhood favourite, Galvany differs a bit in style from many of the typical Barcelona markets. In place of the usual steel and wood or glass construction, this market is housed in a beautiful brick building that resembles a village hall or church. This image is completed with a couple of small stained-glass windows, although the elaborate mosaicked depictions of fruit over the main door are the most attention-grabbing elements. Inside you'll find an impressive display of high-quality produce from cheese and charcuterie to spices and sushi. It may not be the biggest market in town, but you can get everything you need here with the bonus of lovely surroundings.
 
Where to eat:
El Café del Galvany. Join the locals who've been frequenting the market for years and grab a snack at this little bar. Take a break from shopping and soak up the ambience.      
Advertising
9
Mercat de la Llibertat
Mercat de la Llibertat
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Gràcia 
Plaça de la Llibertat, 27
Fontana (M: L3)
 
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-8.30pm; Sat 8am to 3pm; Sun closed 
 
La Llibertat is slightly more intimate and has a local, village market feel to it. There are fewer stalls around the outside of the market and instead the intricate, metal ornamentation above the doors and on the roof draw your eyes upwards. Inside you'll find a Bonpreu supermarket as well as the fresh food stands. Seafood stalls are particularly prevalent here; indeed the stock of one is so fresh you can watch it as it crawls around its tank.
 
Where to eat:
El Tast de Joan Noi. Savour exquisite fresh fish cooked to perfection right in front of you at this popular bar. 
 
La PubillaNot inside, but nearby the market, La Pubilla’s take on traditional dishes made with fresh market ingredients are highly recommended. 
10
Mercat d'Hostafrancs
©Lottie Chesterman
Mercat d'Hostafrancs
icon-chevron-right
Neighbourhood: Hostafrancs
Carrer de la Creu Coberta, 93
Hostafrancs (M: L1)
 
Opening hours: 
Mon-Thu 7am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-8pm; Fri 7am-8pm; Sat 7am-3pm; Sun closed
 
Further down the road from the Mercat de Sants, Hostafrancs is perhaps the most eclectic market in the mix. Round the outside are various bargain clothing, accessories and homeware stalls and, whilst the inside does focus on foodstuffs, you'll also encounter the occasional stand selling other goods. Upstairs there's even a stationery shop selling paper products, pens, books, toys and more.. In short, you can find pretty much everything on your list at this market.
 
Where to eat:
Bar del Mercat d'Hostafrancs. Stop by this counter for some tapas, traditional dishes and sweet or savoury pastries, all made with produce from the market itself.   
Advertising