Tag Archives: Markets

Memories of El Born, the first covered market in the city

15 June, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

These days the market of El Born is best-known because of the remains from 1714, because of culture and the recovery of historical memory, but the site has a long history which is closely tied to providing for the city. For centuries, the site which is now the Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria was where groceries and provisions were sold and in the Middle Ages a market was held … Read more…

The 1930 festival of markets

23 October, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
1-zepelí-mercat porvenir-Foto Domínguez-AFB

Barcelona’s markets have always been an important part of the city’s social and economic backbone. Traders and customers have established relationships which go far beyond straightforward commerce, developing instead a participatory and collaborative network which puts them at the forefront of popular festivals. In recent years they have played a very active role in the Carnestoltes festival, as well as in various neighbourhood processions for the arrival of the three … Read more…

Municipal markets, facilities which make the city what it is

6 October, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
1-inauguracio parades mercat santa caterina-Foto J Dominguez-AFB.

Markets have, and nearly always have been, places for commerce and places for social relationships. Traditionally they were open air affairs, held periodically on specific sites and specialising in certain products. In the city’s directory of place names there are still some names of squares and streets which reflect this, such as C/ Oli (oil),Pl. Llana (wool) and previously, Pl. Blat (wheat). The Age of Enlightenment, and the disappearance of … Read more…

Sants Market renovation nearing completion

27 January, 2014 | Networking, Your City Council
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The historic Sants Market building is about to open again, with the same Modernista exterior but new, modern facilities, including a self-service supermarket added to the traditional stalls. There will also be an underground car park and a service level where lorries will be able to load and unload. The plan is for the market to open for business again in the spring. Once the roof and Modernista features on … Read more…

The origins of the La Concepció market

27 September, 2013 | Barcelona People, Networking, Your City Council
façana mercat 1932-foto J Dominguez-AFB

The La Concepció market is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year in a series of activities that began on 18 September, with a giant cake available for customers to taste, from 18 to 21 of this month. The celebrations will continue until the weekend of 30 May – 1 June 2014. When Ildefons Cerdà planned Eixample, he provided for a whole range of services, such as markets, churches and social … Read more…