La Boqueria has existed in some form since 1217, when traders set up stalls by the old city gate. This location endured as the home of the market for many years, and in 1470 expanded to include a pig market. The open-air market on Rambla de Sant Josep
was officially recognised in 1827, and La Boqueria has operated there ever since, with a metal roof added in 1914.
The market is a gastronomic paradise. A sense of order prevails in its lively atmosphere: colourful pyramids of fruit and vegetables, freshly squeezed fruit juices, hanging legs of cured meat, confectionery, cheeses, fresh bread, fish – it’s all here and all local.
Many of the traders are the third or fourth generation stallholders, proudly upholding Barcelona’s finest gourmet traditions. The hottest restaurants
in town get all their fresh ingredients here. Indeed, La Boqueria is recognised as one of the best markets in the world, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
The food is great value as well as excellent quality. Chocolate con churros is available for breakfast, and you can get a slice of pizza straight from the oven to keep you going as you browse the beautiful and fragrant stalls. Make sure to visit La Boqueria for a real taste of Catalan living.