Barcelona Food Market & Private Cooking Class

Like most great cities, the origins of Barcelona are lost in the mists of time. Whether it was founded by Hercules as the myth suggests, what we can be certain of is that over the centuries Barcelona has become one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world.

No matter if your interests lay in art, architecture, history, food, football or laying on the beach, the capital of Catalonia has it all and it´s ready to welcome you with open arms.


Everyone knows that Spain is a dream destination for foodies, but not everyone realizes just how varied the cuisine is from region to region. The good news is that if you’re planning a trip to Barcelona (the capital city of the Catalan community) there are all sorts of local must-eat foods to delve into, many of which date back to hundreds if not thousands of years.

From the famous La Boqueria to the lesser known Mercat de Sant Josep or Santa Caterina market, Barcelona is full of wonderful food markets piled high with fresh produce.

Food is an integral part of Catalan culture and Barcelona is the perfect example of this. With its 39 food markets spread throughout the city’s neighborhoods, tourists and locals alike don’t have to go far to see the displays of the fresh products that line the market aisles.

La Boqueria Barcelona food market
La Boqueria Barcelona food market

From fresh produce, like fruits, veggies, meat and fish, to a more widespread array of food, flowers and boutiques, the markets around town are all unique in their own way. Besides, the food markets are opened all week (except in August), so this is perfect if you want to have fresh homemade recipes every night.

With our Barcelona food market tour, you will get to talk to the fishmongers, butchers and veggie sellers and learn about the products that are part of the daily diet in every home in Spain.

La Boqueria Barcelona Food Market


If you think that gastronomy is an important part of a country’s culture and you love to mingle with locals, then visiting a local food market will be the perfect activity for your vacation.

We share you some tips about what to look for when cooking typical Spanish dishes:

  • Go for the whole vegetable, it lasts longer. Even though the veggies that do not have the root attached may look more appealing, the ones with the root are typically fresher and will last longer.
  • The early bird gets the worm so the best time to go to the market is between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. You definitely want to arrive before the morning rush, when the food is most fresh.
  • Take a lap. Before making your first purchase from the first seller you see, take a lap around the market. Make sure you compare prices and quality of food.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. No question is a dumb question. Ask your local market sellers to help you choose the best fruit in the bunch or even for a homemade recipe. They are extremely friendly.

Typical spanish dishes


Markets offer a great opportunity for any visitor to encounter the culinary culture of a country, a region or a city. More scenic and much more fun than supermarkets, without the protocol and etiquette constraints of restaurants, markets offer something entirely different, with a riot of sights, sounds and colors to delight the senses.

Between market vendors shouting to attract the attention of prospective buyers, the scents of a whole range of fresh produce and some spectacular multicolored displays of products, Barcelona’s markets constitute a world unto themselves, one which we would highly recommend discovering.

La Boqueria Square Barcelona


Many of the Spanish vegetable dishes you will find were often invented by some of the poorest people. In the past, people would rely on the ingredients that they happened to have around them, or that they grew on their farms. This meant that recipes would vary from region to region, and household to household.

Seasonal vegetables were also commonly used therefore, making Spanish vegetable dishes extremely good for you. Besides, vegetables that are in season tend to be relatively inexpensive, making Spanish vegetable dishes a great option for those people who want to enjoy some great Spanish food on a tight budget.

Paella in La Boqueria Barcelona Food Market

Spanish vegetable dishes are very flexible and their recipes are easily adapted to the ingredients at hand. So, if you want to cook a classic Spanish dish they are perfect!

The majority of the best Spanish dishes can also have meat added to them to give more substance, meaning that you have two dishes from one recipe.


After discovering the beauty of the city of Barcelona, all its magic and the fascination of its people and markets, it´s time to relax. Can you think of a better way of doing it than cooking some of Spain´s most popular dishes and enjoy it with some great company?

Prepare an authentic meal with our private cooking class and when your work is done, sit down and rest. You will have the company of some selected Spanish wine and great people!

Cooking Class Barcelona

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