When we talk about Barcelona food markets, La Boqueria is definitely the first and most important to mention. However, besides the largest market, there are almost forty other smaller local markets that one can visit—some of these are more specialized like the Fira Artesana, famous for its organic Catalonian products.
Much like La Boqueria, Fira Artesana is also close to La Rambla, barely one hundred meters from the Liceu subway station. However, the market is only held on every first Friday of each month. The stalls are open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again after siesta from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At this time, we should be prepared for special honeys and everything good one can do with this golden sweet product—cheeses infused with honey, sweets, nuts preserved in honey, and other goods that make Fira Artesana live up to its nickname, the Honey Market.
Close to the Sant Antoni subway station, Mercat de Sant Antoni awaits those who want a more general experience. The monumental steel construct that gives home to it is just closing to the end of its renovation. It invites us every day except Friday to take a look at its wares. Being a flea market, it offers clothing items, coins, and books (besides food). From Monday to Friday, it holds siesta from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. But besides this, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On weekends and vigil days, the market skips the siesta to offer its goods for a straight thirteen hours (and a half).
There are a number of other markets that can take pride in being more than a century old. El Clot (at the Clot subway station), Mercat de Poblenou (near two-minute walk from Poblenou subway station), and Abaceria Central Market (about four hundred meters from Gracia subway station) have a lot in common besides their age. All of them are built to supply a smaller region with all the fresh fish, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, and all the food one might need.
Due to the dynamic expansion of the heart of Catalonia, modern markets started to pop up since the mid-sixties as well to meet the needs of the growing population. It is safe to say that today, every region of the city has a local market close to it. The Ciutat Meridiana Market, Canyeles Market, and Carmel Market (all close to the subway station of the same name) are representatives of these new local gems. On one occasion, in the case of Les Tres Torres, they even reconstructed a film studio into a market.
As we can see, we do not need to travel great distances to get to a market. While it is definitely worth the time to visit La Boqueria at least once when we visit the city, it is not an issue to find a market at a convenient distance from any location of Barcelona for those who love to browse and taste the local products.