Is Barcelona’s most famous market. It’s also the most touristy one. While at opening time you will find the market almost abandoned by the tourists as the day progresses it’ll become more and more shoulder to shoulder tourists.
But Barcelona is a large city. The advantage of a large city is the range of choice. Mercado de Santa Caterina , Mercato Di Sant Antoni or Mercat de la Barceloneta are not so well known . The fact these markets are almost unknown to the average tourists tends to mean they are real local markets serving residents of the surrounding areas.
Tourists shouldn’t feel they have to perform a pilgrimage to La Boqueria. Braving the midday crowds and seeing little more then the back in front of you. If you feel the need to visit the La Boqueria go early when it’s just opening.