This bar, located at the main entrance of La Boqueria, is the heart of the market.
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
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.
Spain's sparkling wine, the majority of which is produced in the region of Catalonia.
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.
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 fish vendor sneaks in a breakfast of sardines before the crowd arrives.
This man made quick work with a bandsaw to turn out mounds of spare ribs.
Carts and crates make their way to the different produce vendors, filling their shelves to the brim.
A variety of fresh cuts are prepared each morning, and placed in chilled glass cases.
Zumos are freshly squeezed in a multitude of flavors, including kiwi, strawberry-watermelon, and orange-pineapple.
Watermelon is cut, arranged in cups, and served with a little fork for fresh fruit on the go.
This woman's stall features beautiful vegetables such as beans and potatoes.
Peaches and Plums
These stone fruit come into season in the summer, and are sweet and juicy.
Fresh shellfish are brought to be sold daily at the massive Pescadería in the center of the market.
It wouldn't be a market in Spain if there weren't an insane variety of Iberican ham.
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
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!
Dried fruit and nuts are displayed in large colorful mounds near La Boqueria's main entrance.
Fruit is pridefully placed in artful arrangements.
Early in the morning, this husband and wife team discuss specials and prices before the crowds arrive.
This historic vendor boasts some of the market's best-looking leafy greens.
Marzipan, jordan almonds, gummies, and licorice are just some of the sweets you can find in La Boqueria.
Meats and Cheeses
If you haven't guessed by now, Spaniards enjoy their meats and cheeses.
A Slice of Jamón
In anticipation of the crowds, this meat vendor slices jamón and chorizo to prepare himself for the day.
Don't touch them, but breathe deeply. You can smell the earthy notes in the air around the tomatoes.
Snails are a common treat throughout Spain. In stews or with some hearty bread, you can't go wrong.
Dried peppers hang from the awning of this vendor's stall. You can smell the spice in the air.
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.
This fruit vendor shown is making the tough decision of which item to showcase for the day.
This univalve lives at great depths off the coast of Spain, making it an expensive delicacy.
This cousin of the prawn is piled high on a mountain of shaved ice chips.
Salt cod is a traditional element of Spanish food. The fish is soaked in milk before cooking.
Legs of ham are hung from the hoof, row upon row, coming from different areas throughout Spain.
Fruit drinks are displayed with straws ready for the drinking.
A Common Purchase
Fresh eggs, which might end up in tortillas like the ones we saw earlier.
An Aviary of Eggs
Emu, ostrich, and chicken eggs are piled high on playful straw nests.
In Spain, eggs come in more than large, medium, and small. Pictured here are three different chicken varieties.
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
Mounds of shellfish in massive basins of shaved ice near the center of the market.
Main Entrance to La Boqueria
The main entrance of the market is located just off La Rambla, the shopping hub of Barcelona.