Mercat del Born

One of the most interesting structures within Barcelona, indeed the whole if Spain, is this historic market building which is now restored into a museum space since 2013.

First built in 1873 it is a great example of a District Market in a classical Spanish style.


1876-12-22, La Ilustración Española y Americana, Barcelona, Interior del nuevo mercado del Borne, inaugurado el 28 de noviembre último


The building is the centre of el Born with its restaurants, bars and small shops full of traditional and modern unique products.


Mercat del Born (Barcelona) - 7.jpg

By MARIA ROSA FERRE ✿ - Flickr: Mercat del Born antic, Barcelona -, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Now known as the Born Center for Culture and Memory you can visit just to enjoy the space, or go to one of the many special display.

Entrance Fee

There is no Entrance fee, anybody can enter the Market itself. Exhibition spaces and the archeological sites have an entrance fee. These are typically very small, such as 3 Euro per person or similar.

Audio Guide

There are free audio guides available to visit the site and explore it's importance.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available during all times of the year, in both English at 4:30pm and in Spanish at noon and later in the day.

Opening Hours

March to October, the summer season, it is open Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 8pm.  Closed on Mondays.

From November to February, the winter season, it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.  On Sundays and public holidays the times are the same as in Summer, closing at 8pm  On the day after Christmas Day, the 26th of December it closes at 2:30pm.

Everybody must leave 15 minutes before closing time.

Closed Days

Every Monday the center is closed unless it is a bank holiday or public holiday.

The market is closed complete on New Year's day, Labor Day, St John's day and Christmas Day.  Those are Jan 1, May 1, June 24 and of course December 25th.



Culture in el born

With it's historic and cultural traditions going back hundreds of years El Born, the Height of Barcelona, offers many sites of interest to the culture lover.

Of course merely walking the streets rich in history such as the Passeig del Born is itself an amazing cultural experience.  And the nightlife and bar scene is a form of modern culture.  But for the more traditional experience don't miss the many small art galleries in the district.