The Boqueria market is truly a sight to behold. It is one of the city’s oldest markets and certainly the one with the most personality. To step into the Boqueria is to step into a world of color and smells and discover some of the best food products the city has to offer.
If you plan on spending some time at La Boqueria and want to be able to have a good meal, then here are some great options for you both inside the market and nearby.
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Eating inside the market
This is a great place to eat at if you are visiting La Boqueria. In business since 1987, El Quim de la Boqueria quickly became one of the most popular places to grab a bite in the area, offering such delicious dishes as Gorgonzola and Foie gras cream, bull’s tail risotto, artisan croquettes, red tuna with a sesame and soy reduction, and sausage with beans with aioli.
El Quim de la Boqueria is open Mondays from 12 pm to 4 pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 7 am to 4 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 am to 5 pm.
Location: Local 606, La Boqueria, Ramblas, 91
Another great place to eat in the market is Paella Bar Boqueria. As the name indicates, the restaurant specializes in the making of this very traditional Spanish dish. They offer paellas that mix meat and fish, paellas only with seafood, paellas with meat and vegetables, and even vegetarian paellas. They also serve other types of food like fried squid rings, croquettes, shrimp and more.
Paella Bar Boqueria is open Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm, and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm.
Pinotxo Bar offers one of the most authentic eating experiences for those who want to have a meal inside the market. To eat at Pinotxo Bar, you seat at a stall located in the middle of the market, among stalls that sell other items, like fruits and vegetables. Pick a stool and enjoy such dishes as tortilla, tripe, beef stew, or cockles.
Pinoxto Bar is open from Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am to 4 pm.
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Eating near the market
Bar Lobo is a famous bar located in the neighborhood of Raval, which serves tapas, meals, breaksfasts, and drinks. In the tapas department, you can enjoy things like hummus with pita bread, fried artichokes with honey, and asparagus tempura. If you prefer more of a meal, you can choose between dishes like salads, salmon with tartar sauce, and chicken fajitas with guacamole. The restaurant offers a midday menu for 12€ per person.
Bar Lobo is open every day from 9 am to 12 am.
Location: Carrer Pintor Fortuny, 3
If you want something simple and easy with food that you can grab and eat on the go, then Wok to Walk may be the right choice for you. They may be a chain, but Wok to Walk serves seriously delicious Asian food at a very affordable price. The concept is simple: first, choose your base, from egg noodles to white rice; then, chose your toppings, like chicken, peanuts, broccoli, pineapple, or bamboo; finally, choose your sauce. You will get to see the cooks preparing your food in massive woks, on the spot, which is always entertaining. You can either sit and eat or ask for your food to go.
Wok to Walk is open every day of the week from 10:30 am to 1 am.
Location: La Rambla, 95
CentOnze is a fancy restaurant located only a couple of minutes away from the Boqueria Market. They serve Mediterranean food that is exquisitely prepared, such as prawn and mango ceviche, tomato risotto with three textures, and grilled halal chicken breast with basmati rice and nut oil. And those are just the appetizers! They also serve delicious starters like a crayfish and green asparagus ravioli, meat dishes such as the Angus entrecote, fish dishes like tuna tataki and, of course, mouthwatering desserts like the creamy praline and milk chocolate, and the cheesecake with Oreo cookie. You can choose your food a la carte or go for the lunch menus that range from 16€ to 22.90€, depending on the day of the week you choose to eat there.
CentOnze Restaurant is open every day of the week from 7 am to 11 am and then from 12:30 pm to 11 pm.
Location: La Rambla, 111
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