Historic Food Markets in Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s greatest assets is its incredible gastronomy, and the colorful and lively markets are no exception. There is something to love about each and every one of these historic food markets in Barcelona…

If you're looking for a stimulating experience in Barcelona, look no further than its many historic food markets. Colorful, lively and in good use, the markets are one of the most interesting aspects of Barcelona food and culture.

Santa Caterina

Up until the mid-19th century, traveling, open-air markets were the norm in Barcelona. However, around this time a new industrial society  was calling for a more rational infrastructure, and this meant traveling markets would be relocated to permanent, closed-in walls. In 1848, the Santa Caterina market was the first covered market of the city, built on the site of the recently burnt down Santa Caterina Convent. Having undergone a renovation between 1998 and 2005, it now boasts a colorful, wave-like rooftop, and is one of the most modern and well-equipped markets in Barcelona.

If you want to explore this market with a local expert, make sure you join us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Barcelona Tour. We will start the day off near here with a delicious Catalan breakfast…now that sounds tempting! 

Address: Carrer Francesc Cambó, 16

The Santa Caterina Market in the Born is one of the more recently-renovated historic markets in Barcelona. It's colorful and wavy roof is a tribute to Gaudi and other modernist architects who decorated the Catalan capital.
The famous wavy rooftop of the Santa Caterina Market.

La Boqueria

Without a doubt the most famous market of Barcelona, La Boqueria dates back to the middle ages, operating as an open-air traveling market. Surprisingly, though, its modern structure was finished only in 1914, making it a bit younger than many of its counterparts. Known for its vivid colors, lively atmosphere and fantastic seafood and fish stands, many of Barcelona’s top chefs come to this very market every morning to make their selections.

Address: La Rambla, 89

The Boqueria market on Las Ramblas is an exciting treat for the senses! One of the most famous historic markets in Barcelona, you will find that it is always bustling!
One of the bright stalls at the enormous Boqueria Market. Credit: Mario Castro

L’Abaceria Central

Opened in 1892 in the then independent municipality of Gràcia, visiting this oval-roofed market is like taking a charming journey into the past. Though today a trendy neighborhood of Barcelona, Gràcia was once a small town surrounded by countryside, and this market is where the farmers came to sell their produce. One of the most authentic historic food markets in Barcelona, it still maintains the feel of a close-knit, working-class community.

We love visiting L’Abaceria Central on our Gracia Neighborhood Food Tour!

Address: Travesseria de Gràcia, 186

We visit the very traditional Mercat de l'Abaceria Central on our Gracia Neighborhood Food Tour. Historic food markets in Barcelona and the life and soul of the city!
Buying fish from the lovely ladies in the Gracia Abaceria Central Market.

La Concepció

An architectural gem just like its neighborhood, La Concepció is a beautiful modernist building in the Eixample district of Barcelona. With over 4,000 square meters, its enormous metal structure features a ceramic tiled roof and beautifully detailed floor to ceiling windows. As it encompasses four adjacent blocks, the building forms an island in one of the most classic neighborhoods of the city. And as a curiosity, it boasts a flower market that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Address: Carrer del Aragó, 317

The Mercat de la Concepió stands out among the crowd of historic food markets in Barcelona, thanks to its beautiful architecture and 24 hour flower market!
Barcelona’s famous 24 hour flower market at La Concepció

Want to visit markets with a local and learn all about their history? Join us on one of our food tours and we will show you around. It’s a sensory experience, and one of the best ways to get to known beautiful Barcelona.

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