Barcelona is an incredible city, fashion, food, culture comes alive in this Spanish hot spot, but not enough is known about the no less than breathtaking markets, the sheer amount of fresh produce that is available, and the quality of food in this special city. Thankfully, WeekendNotes readers, I am here to educate and enlighten. In Las Ramblas there is the amazing Boqueria Market. There is an abundance of food: meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese delicatessens and market stalls with incredibly fresh produce on show to make your mouth water. It is a little on the touristy side, but it's such an attractive place you can't help but be drawn to it.
There are loads of fresh fruit juices available - in the Spanish heat you're not going to deny a fresh fruit beverage - and vegetables that were clearly picked that morning. As the President of Merchants, Manuel Ripoll, describes it: "It is a paradise for the senses", and indeed it is.
At the very back of the fish market was this restaurant. Oh my, just thinking about it gets me going. It was expensive, but you get what you pay for: salmon, tuna, razor clams, mussels, squid, prawns. I couldn't get enough. It was amazing, one of the best dishes I've had in my life, the fish just melted in your mouth. It was fresh, delicious, and most importantly Spanish!
Fishing is a big deal in Barcelona, which is mirrored in the array of fish available. It is a huge industry, and at the hidden restaurant they only serve fish caught that day. It's amazing, wonderful, a fish lovers heaven, and arguably the best fish you'll eat in Spain.