F = Food shopping in Barcelona
Just off Las Ramblas, in the heart of the Barcelona, is its oldest market, Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria. It is where many of Barcelona’s top chefs as well as the general population shop for the freshest food. It is also a busy tourist destination. In addition to all the food stalls, there are a couple of cafés. The boqueria is very busy, so one of the best ways to visit is with someone who can tell you its best-kept secrets.
My guide was a chef who teaches at the Cook and Taste cooking school. The tour of the boqueria was the first part of our cooking class – a trip to the market to buy some of our ingredients. There seems to be a stall for everything, from eggs in many different sizes to different varieties of olives to one that only had meat from bulls. (NOTE: at the time I visited, these were the bulls killed in the bullfights, so I do not know if it is still there now that bullfighting is outlawed in Barcelona.)
There is one section just for fish. This is where we purchased the fish for our paella and learned the difference between male and female cuttlefish, along with a secret to buying the best tuna for sushi!
Everything is very colourful – and interesting!
La Boqueiria meat stall
One more: F = FC Barcelona! (Anyone who knows me knows this is my other passion!)