If you're a fan of healthy food and fresh produce, Barcelona's food markets are an absolute must. They are a spectacle of a thousand colours and aromas, where the locals do their weekly shop and professional chefs go in search of the finest fresh produce to offer their guests. You'll find seasonal, locally sourced produce – from the land and sea, poultry, game… – that forms the basis of the Mediterranean diet.
The Mercat d'Horta was built in 1951 to meet the growing demands of the gradually expanding population. It is one of the markets that were built in Barcelona during the 1950s and has become the true focus of community life in the neighbourhood. You'll find stalls that have been run by the same family for generations, selling all kinds of produce, as well as flowers, clothes and jewellery. There are also bars where you can stop for a drink and a bite to eat.
How to get there: Metro L5-Horta | Bus 86, 102, 185.
Services: adapted for people with reduced mobility, car park, online selling, delivery service, sustainable commerce, restaurant.
Contact details : Carrer del Tajo, 75, 08032, Barcelona | Web: www.mercathorta.com
The market stands on Carrer de la Creu Coberta, one of the busiest shopping streets in the Sants neighbourhood. In the 19th century, there was a brickworks here, as well as other factories in the vicinity, and the market supplied the workers and their families. It opened in 1888, the same year as the Mercat de la Concepció, and both buildings have the cast-iron structure, exposed-brick walls and facades with small arched windows with glass panes that were characteristic of the time.
How to get there: Metro L1-Hostafrancs | Bus 52, D20 | Barcelona Bus Turístic-Plaça d'Espanya.
Services: adapted for people with reduced mobility, car park, online selling, restaurant.
Contact details : Carrer de la Creu Coberta, 93, 08014, Barcelona | Tel: 934 132 307
Mercat de Canyelles
Built in 1987, this is one of the city's newest markets. It consists of a metal structure with an entrance that lets natural light flood in, to the delight of its customers, as well as a wide ramp providing easy access to the building. Its architectural style is reminiscent of the city's classic markets.
How to get there: Metro L3-Canyelles | Bus 47, 60, 185, H4, M19, V27.
Services: adapted for people with reduced mobility, car park.
Contact details : Carrer d'Antonio Machado, 10, 08042, Barcelona | Web: www.mercatcanyelles.com
Mercat de Ciutat Meridiana
This area of the city was expanding rapidly by the middle of the 1960s due to the influx of people from the rest of Spain who settled here. The market was built in 1968 to meet the growing demands for food. The refurbishment, completed in 2001, transformed the market into a modern amenity that plays a key role in the local community.
How to get there: Metro L11-Torre Baró | Bus 50, 59, 63, 109.
Contact details : Carrer de Costabona, 4, 08033, Barcelona | Tel: 934 132 336
Mercat de Felip II
In the 1960s, this area was known as the "barrio de los indianos", named after the Catalans who had emigrated to the West Indies in the 18th and 19th centuries and made their fortunes. The market opened in 1966 to provide food for an area that was growing considerably due to the influx of people from the rest of Spain who made it their home. The distinctive architectural features include the original system of skylights, resembling hats, which flood the market with natural light. Seventy years later, the local residents remain loyal customers at the market they have known all their lives.
How to get there: Metro L1/L5/L9N/L10N-La Sagrera, L4/L5-Maragall | Bus 62, 96, 126, 191, H8, V27.
Contact details : Carrer de Felip II, 118, 08027, Barcelona | Tel: 933 408 880
Mercat de Fort Pienc
Built in 2003, this is one of the city's newest markets. It is situated in the Eixample neighbourhood on a block bounded by Carrer d'Alí Bei, Carrer Sardenya, Carrer Sicília and Carretera de Ribes and is part of a group of amenities that have injected life into the area.
How to get there: Metro L1-Arc de Triomf | Bus 6, 54, V21 | Tram T4-Marina | Renfe R1/R3/R4/R5-Arc de Triomf.
Contact details : Carrer d'Alí Bei, 105, 08013, Barcelona | Tel: 932 655 371
Mercat de Galvany
This market, in the uptown district of the city, offers a select array of produce inside a majestic building, which opened in 1927 and is listed as an artistic landmark. It comprises an exposed-brick structure with a large central dome and Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, stained-glass windows. The roof is supported by 28 iron columns and, in the centre, there is a modernista lamp post surmounted by a period clock. Discover the pleasure of shopping surrounded by spectacular architecture.
How to get there: Bus 68, V11 | Tram T1/T2/T3-Francesc Macià | FGC L6/S1/S2/S5/S6/S7-Muntaner.
Services: car park, online selling, delivery service, restaurant.
Contact details : Carrer de Santaló, 65, 08021, Barcelona | Web: www.mercatgalvany.es
Mercat de l'Abaceria Central
This market opened in the vibrant neighbourhood of Gràcia in 1892. Its origins can be traced back to the open-air market in Plaça de la Revolució when Gràcia was still a village. It is currently housed in temporary premises on Passeig de Sant Joan while its original site, on Travessera de Gràcia, is undergoing a major refurbishment. It is a vast structure with three main aisles and an eye-catching curved roof. It was originally known as the Mercat de Santa Isabel but was renamed the Mercat de la Revolució a few years later.
How to get there: Metro L4-Joanic/L5-Verdaguer | Bus 39, 47, 114, H8, V19.
Services: adapted for people with reduced mobility, car park, online selling, delivery service.
Contact details : Travessera de Gràcia, 186, 08012, Barcelona | Web: www.mercatabaceria.cat
Mercat de l'Estrella
The Mercat de la Mare de Deú de l'Estrella was the first of the new batch of municipal markets built in Barcelona from the 1950s onwards. Situated in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, it also runs an interesting programme of activities, including workshops and live cookery demonstrations.
How to get there: Bus 39, 114, V19.
Services: car park, delivery service, restaurant.
Contact details : Carrer de Pi i Margall, 73-75, 08024, Barcelona | Web: www.mercatlestrella.com
Mercat de la Barceloneta
This is the city's seafood market par excellence. Originally built in 1887, it was subsequently refurbished by the architect Josep Miàs, who won the City of Barcelona award for his project. The refit was completed in 2007 and respected the original structure while transforming the interior into a functional and modern space and adding solar panels. You'll find fine-dining restaurants, tapas bars and the freshest produce.
How to get there: Métro L4-Barceloneta | Bus 47, 59, D20, V15, V19.
Services: adapted for people with reduced mobility, online selling, restaurant.
Contact details : Plaça del poeta Boscà, 1, 08003, Barcelona | Web: www.mercatdelabarceloneta.com
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