A great way to explore central Barcelona is to see three of its famous markets called "Mercats." They offer fresh food and culture. A quick bite of genuine Catalonian cuisine at any of them will sustain you as you tour this gorgeous city of Picasso, Miro and Gaudi.
Mercat de la Boqueria Sant Josep
This market is where you'll go to find great takeout food, as well as see the incredible variety of fresh foods that the locals buy for dinner. Conveniently located along the Las Ramblas promenade in the middle of the historic center. MercatLaBoqueria
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Santa de Caterina is more so a place for the locals to find their favorite purveyors of meats and fish. The displays are visually beautiful. MercatStCaterina
Mercat del Born
No longer a food hall, this spectacular market (the largest covered square in Europe) has been transformed into a cultural center for the arts, with exposed ruins of a medieval neighborhood. The elegant metal and glass structure are stunning to see as you approach the building from the neighborhood's famously narrow streets. MercatdelBorn