El Mercat de la Guineueta

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El Mercat de la Guineueta

Built in the mid-1960s at a time when a significant wave of migration triggered an exponential growth in the number of residents in Nou Barris, the Mercat de la Guineueta has become a commercial institution in the district. Opening onto Passeig de Valldaura and covering an area of more than 6,500 square metres, its shops open every day to provide the residents with a variety of quality produce.

A modern market

Today, the modern façade of Mercat de la Guineuetaand the lattice of LED lights that can be seen on Passeig de Valldaura act like a signal beckoning you to come inside. The building, which was renovated in 2011, has managed to adapt perfectly to the times without losing the any of the essence that has characterised it since its creation back in 1965.

The market was constructed in response to a need to supply the people who had just arrived in the area at a time when the Guineueta neighbourhood and the rest of the Nou Barris district were growing as a result of the waves of migration. Built as a commercial centre selling fresh produce, it was the area’s only large space for food shopping until the 1980s and this made it a vital commercial and social epicentre for many generations in the neighbourhood.

Improvements that all add up

The renovation of the Mercat de la Guineueta was a turning point and it represented a determined, modern leap into the twenty-first century. Led by the architect Daniel Mòdol, the refurbishment involved a significant expansion of the market area, which now measures 6,500 square metres. Thanks to its big canopy,a square was also created opening onto the main entrance at Passeig de Valldaura and it is always bustling with life.

After this makeover and in step with Barcelona’s constant renovation, the shops in the Mercat de la Guineueta have continued to uphold the long-standing values of providing top-quality products and offering the best possible service

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