The market of San José (in Catalan Mercat de Sant Josep), popularly known as La Boqueria (in Catalan La Boqueria), is a municipal market located on the Rambla of Barcelona (Spain). Besides being a place where you can buy all kinds of fresh produce, it is also a tourist attraction.
It has an area of 2583 m² with more 300 seats offering a wide variety of local and exotic products, both private buyers and restorers of the city. It is the largest market in Catalonia, the most varied in food supply and also the most visited by tourists.
The market was inaugurated in 1840, but its origins are outdoors, outside the gates of the old city, on the esplanade of the Pla de la Boqueria, where street vendors and farmers from nearby villages and farms were set up to sell Its products, before the city left its first walls. This market was made outside the walls of the city to save the goods entrance tax.
The current metal roofing was inaugurated in 1914. The last architectural modification of the market was in the year 2000, and at the moment another one is prepared that will affect mainly the place of the Gardunya.5 Over the years, it has become the market Emblematic of all of Barcelona. The collective of vendors, the structure and market situation make it a must-see for tourists and tourists alike.
There are more and more establishments in the market run by immigrants, which include specialties from Japan, Italy, Greece or the Arab countries.