Mercat del Clot (El Clot Market)

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Mercat del Clot (El Clot Market)

Located in the heart of the neighbourhood of the same name, El Clot market was designed by Pere Falqués and opened in 1889, together with its neighbour and twin, the Poblenou market. Its origins can be traced back centuries, when a travelling outdoor market took place here. Today, it is an important central market that still continues to serve the neighbourhood, thanks partly to a major renovation undertaken in 1995.

Municipal architecture with its own style

The construction of Mercat del Clot should be seen in the context of the powerful growth of Barcelona during the nineteenth century, and the subsequent need to provide the various neighbourhoods and adjacent towns with functional buildings suitable for accommodating markets. Following the trends in London and Paris (particularly Les Halles), Barcelona City Council decided to establish a network of markets that were characterised by a common structure: a metal frame with bare brick walls.

The architect responsible for the design of Mercat del Clot was Pere Falqués, who made it almost identical to another nearby market, Mercat del Poblenou. Both markets became not only vital trade centres and meeting points in the Sant Martí district, but also emblematic examples of a type of building typical of Modernista Barcelona.

Cathedrals of the Mediterranean diet

The sale of local, fresh and quality produce, the personal service and the professionalism of the people who work there make the markets authentic temples for a healthy diet. The Municipal Institute of Markets (IMMB) was established in Barcelona in 1991with the aim of preserving and promoting a market culture in the city. As a result, at Mercat del Clot and many others, activities are organised that go beyond mere buying and selling, and include such initiatives as workshops and talks on cooking and food, exhibitions, itineraries, etc. For example, during El Clot festa major local festivities, the market organises a “Nit de Tapes” (Tapas Night), as do many of the city’s municipal markets, live music, lucky draws, special offers and other events.

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