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“La Boqueria” or “La Mercat de la Boqueria” in Barcelona

The famous market “La Boqueria” or “La Mercat de la Boqueria” in Barcelona, Spain is the one of the most visited attrations in the city and maybe among the top visited places in the world. Going back to history, we find out that La Boqueria was first mentioned in 1217 tables were installed near the old door of the city to sell meat. Later on, that is in 1470, the name of the market changed into Mercat Bornet, or simply, Mercat de la Palla (Straw Market). Some years later, local authorities took the decision to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. 1840 is the year when it was decided to build the official market, which opened the same year. Some of the old structures of La Boqueria Market, the metal roof still exists.

Mercat de la Boqueria Map, Barcelona, Spain
Mercat de la Boqueria Map, Barcelona, Spain

La Mercat de la Boqueria is a mixture of colours, tastes, smells, all attracting customers to see and buy. You can find almost everything here, from nuts to candies, fish, meat, cheese, bread and drinks. Tourists have this market on their top to-visit list. If you are in search of fresh food, than this is the right place. It is very crowded, especially because there are a lot of tourists there recording and taking photos. Paella, fish and chips, tapas all are there, freshly cooked, before your eyes. Not to mention the unique smell!

Boqueria Market or The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, one of the oldest markets in Europe, is situated on Las Ramblas, a very popular street in Barcelona, near the Opera house, just in front of Liceum Metro station, and it is opened from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., except Sundays. The Market has many sections, such as pork products and meats, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegatables, seafood, seeds and cereals, olives, candies and most of all, fish. You can also have lunch or dinner in one of the attractive bars and restaurants situated right in the center of Boqueria.

As a tip when planning your trip to Barcelona, go to Boqueria, see the stalls selling jamon, just at the entrance of the market, it is Spain’s delectable cured meat, buy yourself a fresh fruit juice, it is a wide range of fruit-based drinks, it may become very crowded at the entrance, where this juice is sold with about €2.50. Go to the fish stalls and admire all kinds of seafoods, most of them freshly brought that morning from the Mediterranean Sea. And finally, don’t leave La Mercat de la Boqueria without tasting paella, or tapas, two local dishes.

So, enjoy a feast of colours and smells in La Boqueria, maybe one of the best markets in the world! It is a fascinating place, with a reputation of having one of the best fresh food markets in Europe. And in the end, go for a long walk on Las Ramblas.

Different Types of Cheese at Boqueria Market, Barcelona
Different Types of Cheese at Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Different Types of Fish Sold at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain
Different Types of Fish Sold at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain

Freshly Squeezed Juice at Boqueria Market, Barcelona
Freshly Squeezed Juice at Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Fruit and Vegetables Stalls at Boqueria, Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Fruit and Vegetables Stalls at Boqueria, Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Fruit Stalls at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Las Ramblas
Fruit Stalls at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Las Ramblas

La Boqueria Market in Barcelona
La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Mercat de la Boqueria, the Famous Market on Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Mercat de la Boqueria, the Famous Market on Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Stalls With Tasty Sweets and Nuts Sold at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona
Stalls With Tasty Sweets and Nuts Sold at La Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

Jamon, Boqueria Market in Barcelona
Jamon, Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Biggest Mall in the World – Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur is in the top of the largest malls in the world. It hosts more than 1000 shops and service outlets.Its motto, ‘It’s All in the Square’, is the one place that gathers under one roof shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure. The varied choice for shopping fans or food enthusiasts as well as entertainment and lifestle products, promises you a non-stop shopping experience that will leave you enthralled.The 60 cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets offer different tasty dishes from international cuisines, such as Japanese, Chinese, Thai. When it comes to entertainment, Berjaya Times Square is the best choice.

The latest cinema masterpieces can be watched in the greatest cinema having comfortable seats and prestigious audio visual technology system. The nine cinema halls are situated from the 1st to the third floor, rooming 1,570 persons. Entertainment is the ley element for such a shopping center. Cosmo’s World Theme Park is the best idea for your family, a place full of excitement and laughter. Its surface is 133,000 square feet with thrilling rides. Galaxy Station on the 5th Floor opens up to an incredible 7-storey high view of the theme park and boasts 6 action-packed rides that will take your breath away while Fantasy Garden on the 7th Floor provides beautiful scenery and a colourful Garden Avenue with 8 fun rides for kids and families alike.

Moreover, Haunted Chambers on the 5th Floor is another thrilling place for seekers of hair-raising experiences. For bowling enthusiasts, the 48 lanes of the bowling centre offer wholesome family fun and is an ideal venue for friendly competitions.Borders is another famous brand in Berjaya Times Square because the American name is an international chain bookstore with 25,000 square feet of space on the 1st Floor, 200,000 books, magazines, music and movie titles. In addition, Starbucks Café enthusiasts can also have a time of relaxing in the cafe. So, Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur is like a mini metropolis with shopping, entertainment, leisure, accommodation under the same roof!

Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpu - Indoor Theme Park
Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpu - Indoor Theme Park


Berjaya Times Square Largest Mall in the World
Berjaya Times Square Largest Mall in the World

Inside Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall
Inside Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall

Largest Mall in the World - Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall
Largest Mall in the World - Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall

Store in Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall
Store in Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall

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Deira City Center – The Most Popular Mall in Dubai

Deira City Center, maybe the most popular shopping center in Dubai, is situated near to the waterfront in Deira, at the junction of Al Garhoud Bridge Road, near the famous Dubai Creek and Yatch Club near to Dnata Crossing. It has over 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail selling space, three floors, more than 350 shops with fashion, books, electronics and entertainment famous brands, along with the 11 screen cinema “Cinestar”, a very big supermarket, about 40 different restaurants and cafes, 33 jewellery stores and 6,000 free car-parking spaces. CineStar is a popular place to watch your latest movies with all sophisticated sound and visual aides. All screens have different show timings, with surround sound technology and digital movie techniques.

Deira City Center - Front View
Deira City Center - Front View
Magic Planet is an indoor leisure complex at the ground floor of Deira City Centre, where parents usually leave their children while they go shopping. Moreover, the center is considered the largest shopping and entertainment zone of the Middle East because it is also under the same ‘roof’ with Sofitel City Centre Hotel, Lexus and Toyota, Arabian Treasures, Textile Court, The Jewellery Court, the Carrefour Hypermaket and IKEA. Visitors can go to the Lexus and Toyota showrooms or the 11-storey office tower. Once in Deira City Center, a top attraction for tourists coming to Dubai, you will find everything you need for you and your family, with no exception, from lame man to wealthiest person.


Despite all the other huge malls in Dubai, Deira City Center might look a less new than the others. Its architecture is absolutely marvellous. Although it might get very crowded, visitors still choose this place for shopping sessions.Just think of an item you need, and Deira City Center will have it for you! Its specificity is that it does not take any advantage of its high popularity but it is preoccupied by offering products at their best rates. Moreover, antiques, home furnishings and gift enthusiasts can choose from a wide range of products.

If you want to work or just use your computer for fun, then don’t worry because the mall has Wi-Fi. Moreover, customers are very satisfied with the service of the staff working in the shopping center. Free hotel shuttles carry passengers to 11 different hotels around Deira.The shopping center undergoes an improvement process that amounts to AED 250 million. Freebies like mineral water bottles, face towels, balloons & pens and lollipops for kids are distributed by this Crew in the City Centre. Don’t forget to make a shopping list in advance because otherwise, buying on impulse is very likely there as the 2 Dhs & 5 Dhs shops, very common in Dubai, are very tempting. It is a huge place to visit, so, in order to make an opinion about it, you should spend a least one day inside, and this is in case you’re not a light-shopper. In order to get the best bargain, ask for the right price, that is if you see a lower price somewhere else, then ask for it there, too. Clothing is definetely a tough making decision because some clothes may be cheaper than in Europe. Of course, famous brands can cost you a little bit more than expected.

The mall stays open during the week, but, depending on the day, the schedule may vary.
Opening Hours
Mall
Sunday to Wednesday
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday
10:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Carrefour
Saturday to Wednesday
9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Thursday to Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 am

CineStar Cinemas
Daily
10:00 am to 1:00 am

Magic Planet
Daily
10:00 am to 12:00

Deira City Center - the Most Popular Mall in Dubai
Deira City Center - the Most Popular Mall in Dubai

Deira City Center Dubai
Deira City Center Dubai

Dubai - Deira City Center Mall
Dubai - Deira City Center Mall

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