“Where to buy something good to eat in Barcelona? In the very center, close to Ramblas, at the Mercat de Sant Josep. Though everyone calls it La Boqueria.
Spain usually seems to be under the “Tourist Invasion”, La Boqueria is one of the places where you can also see local people do their shopping. Fresh fruits, herbs, choice of cheeses, sweets, smoke-dried meat, but most of all, seafood ñ not only common people come to shop here, it’s funny to see cooks from exquisite nearby restaurants coming in search for special ingredients for a “Ñcuina de mercat”, as it is called in Catalan.
A place well known throughout Barcelona, offering over 30.000 different products and attracting, even with it’s not-so-cheap prices, more visitors than many museums.
La Boqueria seems to survive as a “lively oasis in a time of hypermarkets, o victory of senses and a joy for the eye” as a employee of the market describes it.”