The Spanish know how to live. They take such joy in life and one of the reasons, I think, is the food. Is it cause or effect? I don’t know. But when you head into a marketplace in Spain you understand why they take such joy in eating – because they have such wonderful and abundant foods with which to prepare meals.
La Boqueria Market has been part of Barcelona for centuries. Established around the year 1200 as an outdoor market near one of the city gates (de la Boqueria), it later moved onto La Rambla at the busiest part of the city, and in 1914 into the lovely metal and glass arcaded building you see today. Under this one roof, you’ll find everything you need to cook up a storm: the freshest fish and meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, cheeses, breads, olives, wine – you name it, they sell it.