New York is full of secret corners of the world – hidden gems behind unassuming facades. It’s one of my favorite parts of exploring a new city (I still consider NYC new. There’s so much ground left for me to cover!) So you can imagine I was pretty excited to discover a little slice of heaven while exploring Barcelona: La Boqueria Market.
This particular market doesn’t seem too welcoming at first glance. (Although, how cute is this tender moment captured of a random couple??). It’s located off an obscenely crowded street, the entrance is squished between two other buildings, and there’s no natural light inside, so the belly of the market looks almost abandoned.
Surprise! What looked like a small, dark, abandoned shed, was actually a large, beautiful warehouse, FILLED with fresh foods. I took one step in, and my senses overloaded with all the different colors and smells.
There were fruits I’d never even seen before, every possible sea creature I could imagine, and sweet treats for miles. Visitors and locals meandered about, picking up a quick bite or shopping for their next meal. It truly was a one-stop shop. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, fish, spices, dried fruit and even desserts! I hate to say this, but it put Grand Central Market to shame…
They say ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ And I’ve learned living in New York not to judge a building by its appearance on the outside. Discovering a culinary fantasy world like this only made me want to explore even more. Take a chance today! Explore somewhere new. You’ll be glad you did.