La Boqueria Market, was the first of Barcelona's local markets to be formally created. When it firstly opened on March 1840, the market occupied the former grounds of Saint Joseph's Convent. Nevertheless its history started centuries ago.
Although its origins are uncertain, is known that, placed in the Ramblas of Barcelona, there used to be a market since the thirteenth century, where peddlers sold their goods. As the Ramblas acquired growing importance so the market grow and was set where it could attract more visitors and buyers.
Informally established, as an open air market, in front of the gates of the old city wall, local traders and farmers sold their products to clients there until the middle of the nineteenth century when the market was moved to its current location. In the beginning of the twentieth century La Boqueria was transformed in a modern market, with gas illumination and a metal cover for protection of food, vendors and clients.
Today, La Boqueria market is the oldest and more famous food market in the city, attracting buyers from all over the world. It offers fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, spices and sweets, presented in carefully decorated stalls. Usually crowded with visitors, La Boqueria is a space full of life and animation that without a doubt deserves your visit. You can have a meal there or buy something to eat during the day (the fruits are great) or to bring home as a gift to your friends or a treat to you (can tell you that the fruit jello's and the marzipan fruits, on the last photo, are absolutely delicious!).
La Rambla, 91 - Plaça de la Boqueria, 08001
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
Open Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm.