As a proud Seattleite, one of the things I love most about traveling is discovering the things I really miss about home (the city, the greenery, the beauty) and things I definitely don’t miss (gray skies, colder temps, etc.) But when it comes down to comparing the local markets with my beloved Pike Place—the other markets always fell short. Too dirty, pungent smells, not a lot of variety, etc. However, upon a visit to Mercat St. Josep in Barcelona, better known as La Boqueria, I have to report Pike Place has certainly met its match.
Here are some shots I took of the delicious foods to be found in La Boqueria. Though the sugar-addict in me focused heavily on shots of chocolates, sweets and fruits, know that La Boqueria has artisan cheeses, high-quality oils, truffles (the mushrooms AND chocolate kinds!) seafood, and many more mouth-watering choices.
Ham and Chorizo.
The vendors start at 7AM to prepare their stands—gorgeous!
Nuts and candies.
More sugary temptations.
And (inappropriate) chocolate!
Looking back at these photos has me dreaming of all the things I would buy from the market to cook up a delicious dinner with. If you were to find yourself at La Boqueria, what food products would you zero in on? What’s the best market you’ve ever been to? Tell me in the comments below!