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Address
La Rambla 89, 08002, Barcelona
Nearest Metro
Liceu L3
City District
Ciutat Vella: El Raval
Telephone
+34 933182584
Fax
+34 933012590
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La Boqueria market
La Boqueria market Barcelona. La Boqueria is a historic and famous fresh food market located on the Rambla street in Barcelona. If you are on La Rambla street then you must visit La Boqueria market which is Barcelona's oldest and most historicmarket and famous for the quality and diversity of its wares that come from all corners of the earth. It is said of la Boqueria market that "if the unicorn existed it could be bought here!" The Boqueria market has a history that dates back to the middle ages with the oldest record of a market on this spot in 1217.

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At that time la Rambla was a stream ourside the city walls and the stall holders were outside the walls and did not have to pay taxes. The present La Boqueria market is also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep (Saint Joseph's market) because it is located on a site of a former Sant Josep convent. The present market is still on the site originally intended as the courtyard of Sant Josep church.  In 1835  the St. James's night riots ended with the burning of a dozen monasteries and churches on and near La Rambla including Saint Josephs. Soon after monastic properties were confiscated by the state during the ecclesiastical confiscations of Mendizábal in Spain from 1835 to 1837 and the former convent of Saint Joseph was occupied by market merchants who until then were selling their wares on La Rambla.

The Boqueria market foundation stone was laid on St. Joseps Day in 1840 and an ounce of gold and several gold coins were placed under the foundation stone as a symbol of the riches that this new market would bring. The Boqueria market was an open-air market until 1914 when the metal roof was added. Since then there have been several renovations, but it still retains the old market atmosphere and its position as Spain's largest market. The story of how the market got the name Boqueria is that the King's representative once gave a demonstration of how to butcher "boc" which is a Catalan name for mountain goat. 

Today la Boqueria is both a charming food market and a tourist attraction with two famous tapas bars, where you can enjoy fresh market food prepared the old fashioned way. Check out the Boqueria market website for details of individual stalls and the
famous tapas bars in La Boqueria market which are "El Quim de la Boqueria" and "el Pinotxo de la Boqueria "


Opening times La Boqueria market:
Monday to Saturday 08.00 to 20.30

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El Quim de la Boqueria tapas bar

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