The Sant Josep Market, popularly known as La Boqueria, is the most central and most tourist market in the city of Barcelona. It is a municipal market. In the city of Barcelona, all the markets are municipal, this means that the administration, in this case, the City Council of Barcelona, is the one that strives to improve infrastructures and services, to update the commercial offer and to incorporate promotion policies commercial The markets have and have had a civic role and fundamental social cohesion in the Mediterranean towns and cities and in the city of Barcelona has put a lot of energy to conserve them and to make them valued by the citizens before the competition of supermarkets and big surfaces of big food brands.
It is located on Las Ramblas, the most tourist artery in the city, and it has been estimated that there are 78 million people in it in a year. That's it!
The markets have always been reputed to have good places to eat in, bars and small restaurants that, taking advantage of the availability of all kinds of fresh and quality products, made good meals both for workers and workers in the market and for to the visitors. But now in La Boqueria, people go directly to eat there, not just to buy, as much gastronomy as there is.
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Mediterranean countries like to buy olives, preserves and pickled products in bulk. We buy bags full of olives that are spicy throughout the day, or when making vermouth. The famous Spanish "banderillas" are also sold in Boqueria, a combination of olives, pickles, peppers and chili peppers.
This is an example of what is happening in La Boqueria: there is so much tourist influx that is just opening up this type of paella business and some typical fish tapas. But the poor tourists do not know that these are the worst places where you can eat a paella in the city of Barcelona. Nor do they know that they will hardly find a true Valencian paella in Barcelona. But that is another issue for another chapter.
In Catalonia, the consumption of mushrooms is very common, which are harvested mostly in the fall. They are part of many of the dishes of Catalan cuisine, and they are consumed as fresh as dried. It is very common that when the time begins, and especially at weekends, the mountains are filled with mushroom hunters ready to find more mushrooms than anyone else. And they will never tell you your trick!
The fruit is the queen of La Boqueria, without any doubt, especially at the stalls of the entrance. They were the tourists who, little by little, were asking for a product that was not usual here. Until then the fruits were sold in weight, and nothing more. But it was a moment that the stops of La Boqueria (and many other establishments in Barcelona) were filled with fresh cut fruit. And they thanked Barcelona and our health.
A visit to the Boqueria market and Las Ramblas also deserves a visit to the Escribà pastry shop, in a modernist building from 1902, which in 1986 bought the Escribà pastry family. You can not stop trying the cremadet, a paste of leaf filled with cream and slightly caramelized by forsa that is a real madness, as we would say here "of traca i mocador". It seems that it was a recipe for a sweet pastry from Pomar de Mallorca and they gave the recipe to the Escribà pastry shop.
And since we are in the area, we stop at Mendizábal from the Hospital street to eat a sandwich. It is a reference to Ciutat Vella (the neighborhood where it is located, which means the old city). It is a small bar that until recently had only one bar on the street and a terrace with 8 tables. Very frequented at all times, they make sandwiches (attention with the vegetarian snack menu) and drinks, snacks and breakfasts are served. From now on there are tables too inside, so now it does not slow us down either winter.