The revamped Mercat de Sant Antoni attracts a million visitorsIn the first month since it re-opened, the Mercat de Sant Antoni has again become the focus for commerce in the neighbourhood. Attracting an average of 20,000 people a day, the market has had over a million visitors since it re-opened on 23 May.
The number of visitors has stabilised at 20,000 a day from Monday to Thursday and gone up at weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays an average of 30,000 people visit the market’s 225 establishments, while the Sunday book market has been drawing around 20,000 visitors.
The market opens from 8 am to 8 pm, from Monday to Saturday. It has 225 stalls, 52 of them corresponding to the fresh produce section (foodstuffs), 95 to the flea market (non-foodstuffs) and 78 to the Sunday book market.
The new market has a surface area of 53,388 square metres, distributed into five floors. The ground floor houses the fresh produce market and flea market; floor -1 houses the new food supermarket, a space for use by the local community, offices and Roman remains which will be opened up as a museum feature shortly. Two further underground floors are used as parking, while another is used for storage, waste management and the loading and unloading of goods.