I make it a point to visit food markets whenever I’m in a new country. This is one of the best way to learn about a new culture, the people and their cuisine. One of my most memorable is the La Boqueria market in Barcelona. Dating back to 1217, La Boqueria was voted one of the world’s best food market by Food & Wine.
The first thing that struck me as I walked through the entrance were these colorful candies and chocolates. If I was a five-year-old, this would be paradise.
Ice-cold freshly-squeezed juices, the perfect antidote for a thirsty traveller.
The variety of seafood is simply incredible.
This is the land of Ferran Adriá and his many disciples. With abundance of fresh ingredients, it is no wonder why Barcelona is home to some of the world’s best chefs.
The produce were so fresh, I was half-expecting the farm to be located right behind.
The people (and dogs) of La Boqueria.
Jamón (Spanish ham) are not only classified according to preparation, but also the breed, the pre-slaughter diet and region of preparation.
They even had emu eggs for sale.
The bewildering variety of produce, diversity of people and colorful sights of La Boqueria has been an amazing experience. I will remember this for a long time to come.