A hundred-year old market with a 21st-century interior
With more than a century of history, this Modernista construction formed by three structures is a living testimony to the district’s everyday life. Even though it was completely renovated in 1967 and then again in 2007, Sarrià Market still conserves the original structure and decoration from the Modernista period, but its interior has been fully updated.
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Why visit Sarrià Market?
The history of Sarrià Market dates back to 1900, when traders gathered at the main square in the town of Sarrià, opposite the parish church, to sell their products to people travelling to Les Planes.
In 1907, the opening of Passeig de la Reina Elisenda de Montcada cut off the Church of Sant Vicenç from its parish garden, which was on the other side of the street. This land was used by the architects Arnau Calvet and Marcel·lí Coquillat for their market construction project.
The building, which covers a surface area of almost 2,300 m², has a metal skeleton and a rhomboid floor plan with three Modernista structures. It is an exposed brickwork construction with a main facade that conserves its original seven decorative pillars on the top and 22 windows that provide it with natural sunlight.
The market was renovated in 1967 and again in 2007, but it has retained its original structure and decoration. It is currently an open and modern space that is home to all sorts of stalls, some of which even have spaces to prepare and taste products.
How do you get to Sarrià Market?
The Sarrià stop on the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic is on the same street as the market, Passeig de la Reina Elisenda de Montcada.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? In 1900 the municipal architect Francesc Mariné i Martorell prepared the first project to build a 1,200 m² market on a plot then owned by the Marchioness of Villamediana, but she refused to sell and the council failed in its attempt to expropriate the land, so the project did not go ahead.
- Local’s tip: One of the district’s most charming streets, Carrer Major de Sarrià, is located nearby and is ideal for a quiet stroll.
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