This massive market is both a major tourist attraction and a beloved local spot for fresh food – it’s good enough for former El Bulli head chef Ferran Adrià, who is known to start the day with breakfast at Bar Pinotxo. After taking the obligatory photo of the stained glass and wrought-iron gateway off La Rambla, just walk the busy halls and take it all in. Grab something for a picnic and if you’re up for a walk, Parc de la Ciutadella is around 20-minutes away by foot.
La Boqueria sits just on the outskirts of El Raval. In stark contrast to the perfectly planned grid of Eixample, this neighbourhood is a maze of characterful and cobblestoned streets lined with some of Barcelona’s coolest restaurants, bars and boutiques. A number of neighbourhood revitalisation projects, including the opening of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in 1995, helped upgrade its reputation from “no-go” to “rough”, through to its current status as “edgy and cool” for visitors and locals alike.