Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona
6 minutes walk from Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona.
We recommend you not only to visit the market, but have lunch there by trying what the little shops offers you for 2 or 3 €: some spanish ham, some battered cod, a selection of olives, some chorizo broquette, etc. HAVE FUN!
The market of Sant Josep in Barcelona, or , as it is popularly known, La Boqueria ( it means “meat market” ) stands in the central courtyard of a square built in the middle of the 19th century. Before that time, the square had formed the precinct of an old convent of Discalced Carmelites of St Joseph . The City council of Barcelona dediced to build a large porticoed square there for the many street vendors who had been hindering the flow of traffic on the Ramblas till then. The project, my Francesc Molina, provided for the continuity of outdoor street-selling through the creation of a space inspired by the tradition “places majors” or main squares. However, the square never came to the completed owing to the opposition of the owners and the vendors, who demanded what was indeed finally built: closed premises with a metal roof that makes it very difficult to see the columns of the square and the terraces. Nowadays, the market of La Boqueria is the most emblematic of the whole network of municipal food markets. Because of its special locaation and its worlwide fame, every day it receives thousands of tourists, who condier this, the Mercat ( market ) de Sant Josep, to be a “must” among the sights to be seen. And so it is indeed, for few other places in the city show such a brilliant display of colours as La Boqueria, where the chromatic fantasy is renewed each season with the arrival of news fresh products, In fact, a popular expression holds that any food product whi is not to be found at Mercat de La Boqueria, is not to be found anywhere.