Gallery: Snapshots from Spain: Mercat de La Boqueria

Pinotxo Bar
Pinotxo Bar

This bar, located at the main entrance of La Boqueria, is the heart of the market.

Butifarra and Pan con Tomate
Butifarra and Pan con Tomate

Butifarra is Barcelona's regional sausage, with a distinct peppery flavor. Here it's served with pan con tomate, a staple around Spain.

Cafe con Leche
Cafe con Leche

Coffee with milk. You can't begin a day in Spain without it! Pinotxo delivers coffee to the vendors, keeping them alert for the day's sales.

Cava
Cava

Spain's sparkling wine, the majority of which is produced in the region of Catalonia.

Tortilla
Tortilla

If there's something besides ham that's most typically Spanish, it is this egg and potato dish. Tortilla is a staple throughout Spain, and comes with a variety of fillings. This one features spinach.

Xipirones
Xipirones

Cuttlefish and white beans sautéed with lemon, garlic, parsley, and olive oil, then topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

A Fishmonger's Breakfast
A Fishmonger's Breakfast

A fish vendor sneaks in a breakfast of sardines before the crowd arrives.

Butcher
Butcher

This man made quick work with a bandsaw to turn out mounds of spare ribs.

Produce Delivery
Produce Delivery

Carts and crates make their way to the different produce vendors, filling their shelves to the brim.

Carnicería
Carnicería

A variety of fresh cuts are prepared each morning, and placed in chilled glass cases.

Fresh Juices
Fresh Juices

Zumos are freshly squeezed in a multitude of flavors, including kiwi, strawberry-watermelon, and orange-pineapple.

Sandía
Sandía

Watermelon is cut, arranged in cups, and served with a little fork for fresh fruit on the go.

Veggie Vendor
Veggie Vendor

This woman's stall features beautiful vegetables such as beans and potatoes.

Peaches and Plums
Peaches and Plums

These stone fruit come into season in the summer, and are sweet and juicy.

Oysters
Oysters

Fresh shellfish are brought to be sold daily at the massive Pescadería in the center of the market.

Jamón Vendor
Jamón Vendor

It wouldn't be a market in Spain if there weren't an insane variety of Iberican ham.

Carnicería
Carnicería

Patrons mull over cured meats to take home. With so many choices, asking the vendors is the best way to make your selection.

The Olive Lady
The Olive Lady

This helpful woman let us try the different varieties of olives before making our final decision. Picante, traditional manzanilla, and campo real did the trick for us!

Frutos Secos
Frutos Secos

Dried fruit and nuts are displayed in large colorful mounds near La Boqueria's main entrance.

Careful Arrangements
Careful Arrangements

Fruit is pridefully placed in artful arrangements.

Blai
Blai

Early in the morning, this husband and wife team discuss specials and prices before the crowds arrive.

Cal Neguit
Cal Neguit

This historic vendor boasts some of the market's best-looking leafy greens.

Candies
Candies

Marzipan, jordan almonds, gummies, and licorice are just some of the sweets you can find in La Boqueria.

Meats and Cheeses
Meats and Cheeses

If you haven't guessed by now, Spaniards enjoy their meats and cheeses.

A Slice of Jamón
A Slice of Jamón

In anticipation of the crowds, this meat vendor slices jamón and chorizo to prepare himself for the day.

Tomate
Tomate

Don't touch them, but breathe deeply. You can smell the earthy notes in the air around the tomatoes.

Caracoles
Caracoles

Snails are a common treat throughout Spain. In stews or with some hearty bread, you can't go wrong.

Peppers
Peppers

Dried peppers hang from the awning of this vendor's stall. You can smell the spice in the air.

Pan
Pan

The Spanish food culture always includes some bread. No matter what you order, whether it be prawns or tortilla, you will always receive some crusty bread to accompany your meal.

Decisions
Decisions

This fruit vendor shown is making the tough decision of which item to showcase for the day.

Canailla Viva
Canailla Viva

This univalve lives at great depths off the coast of Spain, making it an expensive delicacy.

Llagosti
Llagosti

This cousin of the prawn is piled high on a mountain of shaved ice chips.

Bacalao
Bacalao

Salt cod is a traditional element of Spanish food. The fish is soaked in milk before cooking.

Jamón Ibérico
Jamón Ibérico

Legs of ham are hung from the hoof, row upon row, coming from different areas throughout Spain.

Fruites
Fruites

Fruit drinks are displayed with straws ready for the drinking.

A Common Purchase
A Common Purchase

Fresh eggs, which might end up in tortillas like the ones we saw earlier.

An Aviary of Eggs
An Aviary of Eggs

Emu, ostrich, and chicken eggs are piled high on playful straw nests.

Eggstravaganza
Eggstravaganza

In Spain, eggs come in more than large, medium, and small. Pictured here are three different chicken varieties.

Dried Fish
Dried Fish

Whole is one of the ways dried fish is prepared for the market. You can also find loins, filets, and shaved fish.

Piles of Clams
Piles of Clams

Mounds of shellfish in massive basins of shaved ice near the center of the market.

Main Entrance to La Boqueria
Main Entrance to La Boqueria

The main entrance of the market is located just off La Rambla, the shopping hub of Barcelona.

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