La Boqueria

Just off La Rambla between Carrer del Carme and Carrer Hospital
Barcelona, Spain

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

The energy of Barcelona's best-known market can work up quite an appetite - that's when its chiringuitos (casual bar/restaurants) come in handy.

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Why It Works

La Boqueria is one of the oldest and best markets in Europe. Half train station, half warehouse, it's a huge complex of seemingly endless shops and stalls. With bakeries, pastry shops, cured jamon serrano, at least 20 kinds of olives, and just about every cheese made in Europe, the Boqueria offers the makings for a great picnic lunch and even better local color. Although frequented by tourists, sitting right off Barcelona's main drag Las Ramblas, it's still mainly locals there, buying and selling various foods and just going about their daily business. As a tourist, you're probably in their way, but go and get in their way and observe what goes on where most of the food that the city eats is bought and sold.

Contact Info:

Phone: 933182584

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