La Boqueria, Barcelona
Bienvenidos a la Boqueria, the most famous covered market of Barcelona. Here, stores are open 24/7. The market’s origins dates back to the 13th century. Since then, it has established on this square, two steps from the equally famous Rambla. Its aisles are full of onlookers, whether they are tourists or Catalan searching for some fresh supplies to cook during the week. The place is crawling with people, it is noisy, very noisy. People talk, shout, yell, sing, stroll, carry box full of vegetables, meat, charcuterie, fish… “who wants some tomato?”
When looking for something in the Boqueria, better check the market around several times, as there often are many different shops for a same speciality. It is not uncommon to get hailed, walking from an aisle to another, by a stallholder eager to have you taste his succulent products. Then you try a bit of everything then choose. Non far from a fruit stall is hte cheese specialist. There, I’m having a taste of this Spanish dry sheep’s cheese called Manchego, how could I resist! In exchange for a few euros, I’m leaving with a quarter in hand.
The fact that it is “covered” could explain this feeling, but entering there is like changing dimension, as if the time stopped. Better wear something light and comfortable there, especially during summer. As for me, I kept the thing simple, no need to dress in your Sunday best to go shopping: a very light sweater, shorts and a pair of running shoes. All those neon lights make radical ambiance changes, so do not forget your sunglasses to protect for all those visual intrusions. Yet and hour that I’m walking into the market, before leaving I bid farewell to my fish friend and really can’t wait to cook all those nice products composing my daily basket.
Photos by Joe