If you’ve been to Barcelona to visit, or if you live in town, there’s a few legendary places everyone talks about: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Camp Nou, and Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or simply called La Boqueria.
La Boqueria has been present in Barcelona in various forms for 800 years, this year. Its origins date back to 1217, when locals installed tables at the city gates of Barcelona to sell meat and other products. In 1470, it became a pig market, where fresh pigs were sold. Its current form began in 1840, with the opening of the structure in 1853. The metal roof of La Boqueria is the same metal roof that was constructed back in 1914.
There are over 200 stalls at La Boqueria, making it one of the largest markets in Catalunya, and one of the largest in Spain. It has been recognised with international awards throughout its history.
What do we source at La Boqueria? All of our fresh products from there since we are literally a three minute walk from the back entrance. All of our produce, our seafood, our meats, and other fresh elements required for our cooking classes are sourced on a daily basis from the Market. In fact, our own “gambas whisperer” conducts a personal inspection to hand select the best gambas for your Paella experience with us.
You can choose one of our cooking sessions and then visit the market before or after your experience with us! It makes for a nice half day experience in the Ramblas area of Barcelona.