Slideshow: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.