Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mercats de Barcelona

Ahhh.. what would Barcelona be without its markets? We really enjoyed visiting the markets and I thought they deserved their own post. The first market was the Mercat de La Boqueria, just off the Ramblas so you can't miss it. It even has its own website where you can read about the history of Mercat de la Boqueria or Mercat de Sant Josep.

We walked in and was hit by the beautiful displays of fresh and brightly colored fruit, vegetables, meats, fish... everything a cook would need to create a wonderful meal.

The coolest thing was that you could see that this was a 'real' market. Despite the beautifully arranged displays of fresh produce, you could see lots of locals shopping for food.

Some of the fruit were already cut up. Look at the brightly colored dragonfruit, papayas and pineapple.

And there were several stores selling freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies for 1 euro a glass. They looked tempting but I wasn't willing to risk getting a tummy ache.

And Stef's favorite vendors: the fish sellers. His eyes opened wide looking at the array of fresh lobsters, crabs, prawns and shrimps.

They sure looked fresh. It was too bad we didn't have a kitchen so we could buy and cook our own seafood. We'd sure like to come back one day and rent an apartment with a kitchen.

We decided to buy some figs as a snack. It was sweet and yummy.

The next day, we were wandering around the downtown area when we spotted these colorful roofs. We headed over to check it out.

Turns out it was another market! Mercat de Santa Caterina was much more high-scale looking.

Everything was again beautifully displayed. Look at the impossible selection of eggs.

And of course we couldn't miss the fish sellers.

The butchers selling countless varieties of hams and sausages.

Legs of ham that have been sliced into.

It was fun wandering around and watching the locals buy food. This market had a really beautiful ceilings too.

How I longed to shop with the locals instead of just snapping pictures. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to soon!

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