La Boqueria: Tapas y Vino for Breakfast

DSC01815This morning, on the advice of many, many people, we made our way over to La Boqueria — formally known as El Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria — for breakfast and shopping.

Dating back to 1217, La Boqeria is situated on La Rambla, and is jam packed with stalls selling every food item imaginable, from jamons to seafood to fruits, vegetables, cheeses, nuts, and even bulk fresh ground spices.

Restaurant stalls sell fresh made tapas and pintxos and folks were drinking wine with their breakfast! Naturally, we joined in; no need to twist my arm! After all, when in Rome…

The food we had was amazing — much better than the tapas last night, but we expected that. Gambones (prawns), tortilla de espincas (Catalonian omelette with potatoes and spinach), bocadillos de jamon (ham sandwich), and red wine. Breakfast of champions!

One of our chef friends told us we must visit La Boqueria thirteen times during our week in Barcelona. We might just do that.