Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
Just for the record, this is something like what my heaven would look like. Food stalls after food stalls, manned by passionate locals who know their produce inside out. There are bright colours (somewhat of a problem for me – I’m absurdly easily distracted and over-stimulated by all the pretty, colourful, shiny things in markets and tend to get lost pretty easily), powerful smells, hearty belly laughs and a whole lot of yelling!
Our stay in Barcelona last year was not long enough, not by a long way… but we did start each morning at the market, with a tub of fruit salad, and empanada, whatever looked good at the time! It was a short walk from our hotel, up La Rambla, which really comes into its own in the afternoons and evenings. The market itself though is best in the morning, we found. All of the produce was fresh, and everyone was in a good mood, ready to start the day!
And this? Well, this was breakfast on our second morning. The guy at this café recommended some specialties – an eggplant tortilla, crusty bread rubbed with fresh tomato, croquettes and churros. And to drink? “we have only beer and wine.” Beer and wine it is, then! Best breakfast I think I’ve ever had, in the middle of the craziness of La Boqueria market, dining on a local’s choices with an amazing glass of wine… at 9am! When in Barcelona…!!