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BCN Markets

October 2015 | Места | Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the cities with the largest number popular markets in all Europe and it has been working for a decade to enhance them.
  • Els Encants Nous
  • Mercat de Santa Caterina
  • Mercat de Santa Caterina
  • Mercat de la Boqueria
  • Mercat de la Boqueria
  • Mercat de la Llibertat
  • Mercat de la Llibertat

About 40 market halls for food and another four markets for other products (flowers, textiles, collectibles...) form a network that has come to structure the city, stimulating the commercial life and everyday activity in its neighbourhoods.

Architects like Enric Miralles (Santa Caterina Market) and Fermín Vázquez (new Encants Market) head the movement that is sprucing up these old spaces, New services and gourmet and leisure proposals have been added to the products traditionally sold there and this formula is proving quite successful.

Els Encants. Plaça de les Glòries
A modern canopy stands at a height of 24 metres above the traditional Bellcaire Fair, where furniture, antiques, vintage clothing and rare collector’s items are auctioned and sold before thousands of browsers. This new space opened in 2013 opposite the old market.

Mercat de Santa Caterina. El Born neighbourhood
This was the first roofed market in Barcelona and now a new undulating roof contrasts with the original 19th-century doors. Inside it shelters dozens of stalls with fresh and gourmet food products and an excellent restaurant.

Mercado de la Boqueria. La Rambla
Described as the “total market” by the writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and “a temple of gastronomy” by the chef Ferran Adrià, a visit to La Boqueria Market is an unforgettable experience.

Mercat de la Llibertat. Vila de Gràcia
When the Gràcia neighbourhood sought to separate from Barcelona in the 19th century, this was its municipal market. Renovated in 2009, the “Vila” (Town) in its name reflects this independent spirit.

Photos: Evel González