La Boqueria, Barcelona

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    La Boqueria is a must!

    by Yanam Written Aug 22, 2008
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    I don´t know about you but I must see a marketplace in every city I visit. These places are like separate islands of life and charm. You may learn a lot about local cuisine as well, or simply admire wonderful fruits and vegetables or listen to local people and wonder how come they can talk so fast.
    La Boqueria is not far - when you walk down La Rambla you´ll for sure bang into it on the right side.

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    Mercat Sant Josep

    by MM212 Updated Aug 8, 2008
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    Colloquially known as "la Boqueria", Mercat Sant Josep takes its official name after the ancient Convent Sant Josep which existed on the site until the early 19th century. The convent was destroyed and this market took its place, and in the late 19th/early 20th century, the art nouveau steel structure was built to cover the market. La Boqueria is Barcelona's most popular local market where all sorts of regional fresh produce, meat and fish are sold. The market also has numerous food stalls which prepare excellent Catalan cuisine. Some of those stalls, such as Pinotxo, have become world famous after being featured on global television. Stop by at la Boqueria when visiting Barcelona and drink cava with your breakfast at one of the stalls.

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    La Boqueria

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    The market on the Ramblas is really worth a visit. The colours and smells of fresh fish, meat, fruit and sweets. it is just the place to buy fruit for a lunch on the sea front or in the parks.
    lovely tasty prawns and a great colour for my photos! The market does get very busy so be careful of pickpockets while you wander around.

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    by Joacim Written Dec 18, 2007

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    The smells, the sight and the tastes, it is truly a wonderful place to be! The market is located at Plaza de St Josep, very near La Rambla. It is a place where not only all the tourist comes to buy fish, meat and vegetables, it is also a place where the pople living in barcelona comes to do there shopping!

    The history of the Boqueria goes back to 1217 when the first documented reference to it has been found. According to Josep Maria Carandell's account, the document stipulates that "a representative of the king has granted an individual the ownership of a table on which to chop meat."

    In 1823, the first attempt was made to demolish the convent and church of Saint Joseph, which belonged to the order of the Discalced Carmelites, and the Boqueria Market was established on the site, though briefly. However, the effort to recover the area for public use failed due to the strength of what historian Ramon Grau, in a special publication issued to mark the market's 150th anniversary, referred to as the "absolutist reaction". The second effort twelve years later succeeded however, and on Saint James' Day of 1835, the 16th century building was burnt in a disturbance and was later confiscated and demolished.

    This was the beginning of the Boqueria Market as we know it today.

    In 1850 just when three of the planned four rows of columns had been completed that surrounds the market, the first criticisms appeared; both sellers and buyers demanded a covered enclosure like the Santa Caterina market, which had opened in 1842. With this adjustment, the market acquired its present-day dimensions.

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    Titalate your Eyes as well as your Tastebuds

    by Alex-Perth Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    The Entrance to your stomachs delight..
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    Want to spend a couple hours looking at fantastic food? Then you can't go pass the markets. Just off the Ramblas the entrance even entices you. As soon as you enter you are surrounded by colour and the smells of fresh fruit and delicacies.. It's as if you're a kid in Willy Wombat and the Chocolate Factory, except that there's more of a variety of everything you can imagine to eat...
    What a great place for the locals to shop. Being a tourist I loved the atmosphere and everything on offer... Well exept for the lambs heads and Pig Trotters... :P

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    Better Prices at La Boqueria

    by jhoolko Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    If you're going to La Boqueria to do more than take photos of the beautiful fruit and vegetables found right inside the door, which everyone should, make sure you explore the whole area before making your purchases. If you walk a few aisles to the left or the right, you can get considerably better deals on the same fruits and vegetables you find near the entrance, and especially the delicious-looking fresh-squeezed juices. Take your pictures there, though, for there's not likely to be better arranged merchandise than what you'll see right as you walk in.

    But if you do find yourself doing some legitimate grocery shopping in Barcelona, do as much as you can at La Boqueria! It's a great place to practice your Spanish or Catalan, it's fresher and better produce than at market chains, and it is far cheaper than any other store, especially El Corte Ingles.

    And make sure you check out the strange and exotic selection of seafood towards the back. Lots of the unusual creatures are still alive and crawling which makes for a really fascinating sight.

    And once you're there, step out the back to check out one of the best areas for street art in Barcelona. As you walk out, look left on the big wall to see some really colorful, great art on an unexpected canvas.

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    Seems delicious

    by ozalp Updated May 24, 2007

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    I've been in Barcelona with my mother during "Semana Santa". Every single shop or market was closed during our stay. When we first saw Mercat Bouqueria, it was closed, too. But the second day...
    What a combination of colors and smells. We amazed by the variety of colors and types of fruits. We wandered around and decided to buy some fruits we don't have here, in Turkey. We wanted to bring some of them to my brother. But we didn't find it open again.
    You can find any kind of fruit, vegetable, fresh fish, meat, vine, spices, and eggs here. Also there was a café type place inside. Many people were eating on a counter. They were sitting on high bar chairs, so I couldn't convince mom to eat there.
    It must be a joy to buy something for cooking when you are living in Barcelona.

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    Great market

    by Clodagh Written Jan 24, 2007

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    The La Boqueria Market is well worth seeing and easy to get to if you are anywhere near La Rambla. Pop in in the morning and pick up some fruit to eat while you walk around looking at all the colourful stands. It is a good place for some nice photos as well. Maybe a good place to pick up some souvenirs too. They have everything from fruit, veg, meat and fish to sweets and flowers.

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    Very attractive place for us

    by artonice Written Oct 30, 2006

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    This Market place is on the way of the Ramblas Street to Port Veil.
    Very colourful place with fruits,vegetables,jamons,mushrooms etc.You can also buy some plates of fruits or vegetables that costs 1€-2€ .They are so delicious.

    There are also small cafe-bars in this bazaar and they are full of people.

    I really loved this place although it's so crowded.

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    by Fedzo Written Jun 25, 2006

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    from the moment you step in the market u r taken by the palette of colours shapes and most important, the amazing mix of scents. a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are nicely displayed. you can get yourself a plate of strawberries and cherries (my favourite) with just 1.5 euros. Trying the icecream with exotic flavours is a must

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    The most popular Market

    by lotharlerch Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    La Boqueria is only a few steps from the Rambla (at the Barri Cino side) and is therefore more visited by the tourists than by the locals but the locals are those who buy at the stalls while the tourists are eating at the rather overprized eating stalls in the Boqueria.

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    el mercado central

    by chancay Updated Apr 12, 2006

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    I always enjoy a lot those open market halls. It?s such a fun to stroll around with all those changing views and smells and often tastes as well, as you can often try the fruits or cheese and hams before buying. Barcelona?s "mercado central" is indeed very central, just at the Rambla.
    And if I would have had more space in my luggage and more money I would have bought a whole pork leg and more... but the prices where impressive: I saw 140 EURO for one kilo of ham.... anyway, I got some chorizo and the typical catalan sausage Fuet to bring home..(and am enjoying the smell of the chorizo every day in my fridge.... unfortunately it won?t last for long anymore ;-) .... guess i should add this as a shopping tip as well ;-D

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    Boqueria Market

    by dlandt Updated Feb 3, 2006

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    Despite the position of this market off of Las Ramblas and near the Barri Gotico, I thought this was pretty cool. They had all these cool hams and salamis, fresh fish, or cooked shrimp, all sorts of good stuff. We didn't go through the whole thing, but it was fun. We were sorry to have eaten before we came, as they had a lot of food stalls that seemed to offer really fresh stuff for not that much money.

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    Visit the Famous Marke- BOQUER?A-Sant Josep

    by listenandlearn Written Jan 24, 2006

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    Here in Barcelona, we are very proud to share wih all the tourists, visitors, passerbys and us locals our wet market, called Boquer?a. Right in the very centre of the market is the fresh and very fresh fish section. Look at my photo behind me is a sample of a fish recently caught...as a matter of fact, the fish was still moving when I just arrived and thought this would be great to attach at VT. Have fun watching the photo

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    Colours & Flavours

    by ViperGTSeb Written Jan 1, 2006

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    If you are walking down (or up) La Rambla, why not make a little fresh break in this beautiful covered market...

    The place is a bit crowded at the entrance because all the tourists are taking pictures of the iron gateway, but get lost in this labyrinth of great tastes is amazing, it's like a colourful painting, you can find tropical fruits, you can have a fresh juice to take away, but try the catalan sausages, they are so great...

    On your exit, try the typical drink, the Horxata, original and refreshing, well, I was almost sick half an hour later, but it was tasty!

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