Neighbourhood commerce makes the city
Local commerce and municipal markets fill our neighbourhoods with life. As the years go by, Barcelona has been consolidating its commercial and municipal-markets model based on the values of proximity, responsibility and sustainability. Thanks to Barcelona’s more than 61,000 shops and 43 markets, the city's streets are full of activity. Organised into shopping areas, associations and guilds, they are all working together to offer you a better service every day.
Retailers know what you need and how you want them at any time. They are always ready to lend an ear to adapt to your needs. Many of them had to shut down after the COVID-19 preventive measures were put in place. Now it’s time to visit them again. They’ll be delighted to attend to you. Local commerce makes the city! And that is why Barcelona City Council is supporting it with a shock plan with over 40 measures.
Even though the conditions for opening shops, bars and restaurants are steadily getting back to normal, the City Council is continuing to implement various initiatives to reactivate and drive these strategic sectors for Barcelona. Notable municipal measures include a whole series of programmes and actions to help local commerce and restaurants go digital and to boost business activity in ground floor premises in Barcelona.
Extra public space for bar and restaurant terraces, coupled with the 75% reduction on the terrace tax, are special temporary measures to help make bars and restaurants economically viable and bring the neighbourhoods back to life.
What's more. professionals and members of the public now have access to the Observatory for Commerce and Restaurants, a tool with up-to-date open data, and work is ongoing on a Marketplace platform online sales point for everybody, created specifically for local commerce and restaurants in the city.
In terms of grants and subsidies, Barcelona City Council has opened three calls this year, aimed at local commerce and the city’s restaurant industry: The general subsidy call for projects from local or sectoral retailers’ associations, with €1,620,000 of funding available, the subsidies for the digital transformation of businesses, with an overall budget of €1 million, and the Christmas lighting subsidies for public street and shop window interior displays (call still to be launched)
Last news about commerce promotion in Barcelona
Agreement by commerce to open on Sundays and public holidays from May to September
The two main organisations representing local commerce in the city have put forward a proposal for all commercial establishments in the city to be able to open on Sundays and public holidays from May to September.
The butcher who greets you every time you go past their stall, the pharmacist who asks you how your mother is, the bookshop assistant who knows what your favourite books are...
You’ll always find a smile behind Barcelona’s shop counters. In fact, the most recent surveys on the city’s residents show notably high scores for the service provided in shops: 7.7 out of 10.
Behind the counter of the local shops and stalls in Barcelona’s markets, you will always find someone ready to listen and help. They are there for whatever you need. By visiting them, you are helping to make the city.