After nine years of reforms and a 80 million euros investment, new Sant Antoni market to have 235 stops, a gym and a parking lot.

The long wait comes to an end. After nine years of works, provisional “stands camp” installed at Mansó street has been dismantled so that they can move to their new home: new Sant Antoni market. It has reopened with a clear vocation: becoming a meeting point for neighbors. María Masclans, president of Sant Antoni Fresh Food parades Association is aware of the enormous interest that this new market will attract. However, it is clear that the priority is not foreigers. Speaking to La Vanguardia newsletter, she comments that “People visiting the city is welcome but we want to work so that they do not hinder the activity that is really important for us”.

Many things have changed since the reforms began.To begin with, Sant Antoni has become a trendy area thanks to the dozens of restaurants, bars and pubs settled in the neighborhood. Therefore, when deciding the organization of the new market, the focus has been placed on local commerce. The catering and tasting businesses have also been limited. Thus, there will only be six places to taste products and three bars. No stools, to avoid crowds.

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Sant Antoni workshave lasted nine years.
New mercat de Sant Antoni

Comerciants, who left the provisional market on May 19th, live this new age with great enthusiasm.New Mercat de Sant Antoni is three markets in one. It consists on 235 stops, 52 of fresh products / food, 105 of encants (fashion, toys, home decoration and products, accessories) and 178 of Sunday book market. General schedule is from eight in the morning to eight in the afternoon from Monday to Saturday, except for the Sunday market. On the other hand, encants market open from 09:30 to 21:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Here the plan of the mercat.

Thus, Sant Antoni is reborn as a reference market in Barcelona, ​​as La Boqueria or El Ninot. Merchants are hopeful of returning to the same league as these big markets but agree that although there is nothing better th. Nevertheless, although a crowded stop is good for the business, visitors must be controlled. Therefore, they will ask visitors not to pile up at the stops or the corridors or wear shirts (some tourists tend to think they’re in the beach, seriously). Their goal is to maintain a neighborhood market spirit and not to dying of success.