Each city is defined by its gastronomy. Not only by its restaurants and shops offering quality, local cuisine, but also by other buildings laden with food products: markets.
Barcelona have strongly popular food markets, among those who inspire recipes and which are connected with the city life. For example, the Boqueria market on Las Ramblas, a true symbol of the city and always full of tourists.
In fact, the pilgrimage of people is such that the owners of market stalls are demanding some restrictions on daily visits. The market owes its success to its long history and offers classic facilities along with a very close and popular atmosphere. It is also the place par excellence to which the most reputed chefs go to buy the food involved in developing their dishes.
On the other hand, the Santa Caterina market, in La Ribera district, close to El Born, is another clear example of this gastronomic and social life of the city. It highlights by its architecture, the tile roof and the light and colours it offers with outstanding images of fruits and vegetables. We can find stalls with fish, meat, delicatessen and we can even buy good wine in Barcelona.
Also the Mercat de Sant Antoni is another attraction among the city's markets. It is currently under remodelation works, scheduled to end in late 2016, although the stalls and bars can be visited in the temporary market located just next. There you can enjoy some of the best tapas in the city, and live the intense atmosphere of the neighborhood, for now still preserved.
In the Eixample, being a large district, there are several food markets. We emphasize the Mercat de la Concepció, which includes countless food stalls and also features different activities, all around gastronomy.
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a wine red with DO Rioja which blend contains tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and with an alcohol proof of 13.5º.
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2004: a red wine of the Rioja DO with a blend based on graciano and tempranillo of 2004 and with 12.5º of alcohol content.