Dating back to 1270, the markets are truly a cornerstone of Barcelona, and filling up a bag with goodies and having yourself a picnic on the nearby Barceloneta beach needs to be on your to-do list.
Possibly the best turrón you’ll find comes from these markets. There is a little stall, not too far from the entrance on Las Ramblas, which has a huge array of different types. Trays of samples line the stall, but I’m warning you, if you take a bite you’ll be sure to be forking out some Euros for a huge block.
It’s not the marzipan itself that’s the wonder, but rather the weird and wonderful shapes you can find it in. Want a marzipan hamburger? How about a shoe? Surely a hit for anyone travelling with children.
€1 for the best fruit juices you’ll ever taste? Yes please. There are countless stands selling a rainbow selections of juices (although some have hiked up their prices to €1.50 so it pays to walk around). Personal favourites? Coconut, strawberry and coconut, and banana.
Besides the plentiful fruta seca (dried fruit), its sweeter neighbour, candied fruit, abounds. The best description I can give is that these candied fruits are the result of a piece of preserved fruit and a Krispy Kreme donut having a baby.
Not actually a burrito, but rather a paper cone filled with a mix of seafood and hot chips. Super tasty, and a nice way to try some of Barcelona’s fresh seafood without having to cook it yourself (unless you’re game to buy one of the fresh octopuses hanging around the markets and whip up a meal). I’m kicking myself because I can’t recall the name of the vendor, but it’s hard to miss the brightly coloured, Mexican themed stall which sells the dish.