When we’re planning a city-break the last things we’re thinking about are cooking, cleaning, and washing-up. A break means a break from daily chores as much as it means a few days off work.
For too many of us, preparing healthy, tasty, wholesome food has become a chore. We don’t have time to explore local shops and markets – and we’ve forgotten how to have fun in the kitchen.
One of the best things about renting an apartment for a city break is being able to go shopping at local markets and create something wonderful with the produce we’ve bought. For a fraction of the price we might pay at a restaurant we’re able to sample local delights and experiment with taste, texture and colour combinations.
Barcelona has some of the best food markets in Europe.
Mercat de La Llibertat, first built in 1888, and refurbished in 2009, is one of three food markets in Gràcia, and one of the most architecturally pleasing markets in the city, with Modernista decorative touches adorning the building.
You’ll find everything you’ll need all under one roof — fresh fish, shellfish, fruits, nuts, veggies, pulses, spices, meats, poultry, game, cheeses, and a Bon Preu supermarket with all the usual tins and packets.
It’s a great little market, an occasional venue for folk music concerts and a joy to visit. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
And, if you want to explore more markets you can download a very handy guide (in English), including four different self-guided market tours, HERE.