Mercat del Ninot

  • Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona

    Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona

  • Mercat del Ninot -Barcelona

    Mercat del Ninot -Barcelona

  • Mercat del Ninot Barcelona

    Mercat del Ninot Barcelona

  • Mercat del Ninot Barcelona

    Mercat del Ninot Barcelona

  • Plaza Catalunya - Barcelona

    Plaza Catalunya - Barcelona

Not far from the Plaza de Catalunya, but hidden enough to be off the tourist trail, the Mercat del Ninot is a popular market for Catalans who do their daily shopping here. If you are visiting Casa Batlló or Casa Milà La Pedrera, you should know that you are only a 15 minute walk away from this picturesque, popular and local market, which is the opposite of the atmosphere of the Boqueria Market, the star of Barcelona's markets ;-).


The Ninot market in Barcelona: One of our favourite food markets!

The market is very large and offers no less than 48 food stalls and 33 non-food stalls such as men's and women's fashion shops, jewellery shops, book shops and even a haberdashery...

Unsurprisingly, it is absolutely fresh: vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and of course no less than eight charcuterie shops (including some very good Jabugo stands).


Our advice: To recover your strength, there are 12 tapas bars and restaurants, one of which we particularly like and recommend "El Ninot Cuina ".  


The name Mercat del Ninot in Barcelona has its originsin a historical event related to a statue of a child (in Catalan, "ninot"). In the 19th century, there was a sculpture of a child playing the flute in the park adjacent to the current market site. This statue was popular with the people of Barcelona and became a symbol of the neighbourhood. However, in 1931, a fire broke out in the park and almost completely destroyed the statue of the child. Because of the affection that people had for the sculpture, the inhabitants of the neighbourhood decided to name the market built on the site of the park "Mercat del Ninot". Thus, the market was named after the statue of the child that was lost in the fire.



Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona

Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona



The Mercat del Ninot has recently been renovated to modernise its facilities and improve the visitor experience. The renovation work began in 2009 and was completed in 2015. The architectural firms MAP Arquitectes and Mur Geganté Arquitectes, led by Josep Lluís Mateo, oversaw the transformation of the market while respecting the original architecture of the building, which dates back to 1892. The main objectives of the renovation were to reinforce the market's structure, modernise the electrical installations, redesign the interior spaces to optimise the use of the space and create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. The renovation work preserved the traditional character of the market while introducing contemporary elements.


Today, the Mercat del Ninot offers modern facilities, quality stalls and a variety of fresh produce in a renovated and attractive setting.

Our advice: To recover your strength, there are 12 tapas bars and restaurants, one of which we particularly like and recommend "EL Ninot Cuina".

Mercat del Ninot

Mallorca, 135, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Eixample left
Website: Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona
Opening hours: Food market From Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outside stalls From Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 9 am to 14 pm.
Phone: +34 93 323 49 09
Metro/Bus: Metro: L5 Hospital Clínic - Bus: L6 i 7 FGC Provença
Barcelona metro map
Hotels: Find your hotel in Barcelona in this area.
Last comment
Really typical!
Frankvisitor (24 May 2023 - 09:08)
A real Catalan market, far from the tourists.
I recommend it in every respect, for the shopping and for the atmosphere!
Add a new comment View comments

Nearby best places

  • Mercat del Ninot - Barcelona

    Mercat del Ninot

    Not far from the Plaza de Catalunya, but hidden enough to be off the tourist trail, the Mercat del Ninot is a great food market that we highly recommend for shopping and eating. A good tip!

    Eixample left - Mallorca, 135
  • Ninot Cuina - Barcelona

    El Ninot Cuina

    In the Ninot market

    The catalan restaurant El Ninot Cuina is a good opportunity to re-visit the Mercat del Ninot recently restored..

    Eixample left - C/ Casanova 133
    Mercat Ninot, parada 1
  • Sips - Barcelona


    Sips a deserved worldwide recognition

    Another of Barcelona's nightlife destinations has been honoured at international level.  The cocktail bar Sips has also been included in the World's 50 Best Bars list.

    Eixample left - Carrer de Muntaner, 108,
  • Osmosis - Barcelona


    The restaurant in Barcelona with no menu

    Osmosis Restaurant has been offering tasting menus for 10 years. And it is said soon !. Ten years dedicated to offer only fixed dishes that change every 15 days, without menu.

    Eixample left - Carrer Aribau, 100
  • Cloudstreet Bakery - Barcelona

    Cloudstreet Bakery

    Fet Amb Love !

    Made with love ! Is the motto of Cloudstreet Bakery, a bakery as we dream of having one in our neighborhood...

    Eixample left - C/Rosselló 112, 08036 Barcelona

Last comments - 21 Apr 2024 - 10:44
Hello Bill66, Lufthansa operates from Terminal 1 (T1) at Barcelona Airport (Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport)., Best,
Bill66 - 19 Apr 2024 - 10:24
Airport terminal
We'll be arriving in May on a Lufthansa flight with a stopover in Frankfurt. What will the terminal be like in Barcelona? - 3 Apr 2024 - 16:34
Hello Thomas, For a Champions League match at Olímpic Stadium Lluís Companys, it's best to have an identity document with you. Best,
Thomas - 3 Apr 2024 - 16:28
Hello, is necessary to take identity card or passeport for entry at luis compànis?
flynn - 3 Apr 2024 - 16:28
D'A Film Festival
D'A Film Festival is great, thank you for the idea and the link to best, - 25 Mar 2024 - 09:22
@Ahmet Akgun
Hello Ahmet Akgun, Only french people can't buy ticket for this FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain match, no problem for you. Thank you for your question and have a great match if you decide to see it, - 23 Mar 2024 - 10:02
Hello Alexandra, You can now choose from a range of options on the Barcelona city pass: Admission to Casa Batlló or Casa Milà or 24h /48h Hop-on Hop-off Bus Barcelona. >> All these options are displayed as you go through the purchase process. Enjoy your visits!
Alexandra - 23 Mar 2024 - 10:00
more choices
Hello, So you can choose between several options, but when do you do it? thanks in advance

We Recommend >> Must-sees in Barcelona

These are the most recommended things to do in Barcelona for your holidays.

Barcelona Hotels

The ideal hotel for your stay

Whether you are looking for a family or a business stay or just for a weekend, we have selected for you the best hotels in the city to choose from. All categories at all prices. But also the bargains according to your travel dates. Have a good stay!

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Best City Tour: One single ticket, 3 routes and 45 stops!

Discover city sightseeing at your own pace with our selection of Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour tickets. An extraordinary and economic way to make the first connection with main tourist attractions.

From € 31.00
Hola Barcelona Public Transport Card

Hola Transport Card

Unlimited access to public transport

Enjoy unlimited access from 48 to 120 hours to Barcelona's public transport: Metro, bus (TMB), urban railway (FGC, Zone 1), Montjuïc funicular, tram (TRAM), regional railway (Rodalies de Cataluny) + 1 round trip from the airport to the city center. Only excluding NitBus, Aerobus & hop-on hop-off.

From € 19.50
Barcelona City Pass

Barcelona City Pass

Incl. Sagrada Familia, Park Güell + Hop-On Hop-Off..

The "City Pass Barcelona" our best selling pass!
> Sagrada Família Fast Lane + Audioguide
> Fast entrance to Park Güell + Audioguide
> Hop-on Hop-off 24 or 48 hours or Casa Batlló or Casa Milà
> 10% discount on other tours
> Audioguide of Barcelona

From € 85.00


  1. Really typical! - Frankvisitor (24 May 2023 - 09:08)

    A real Catalan market, far from the tourists.
    I recommend it in every respect, for the shopping and for the atmosphere!

  2. Correct Telephone Number - BCN Cityzen (19 Sep 2015 - 09:08)

    The correct bumber is: (+34) 934536512.

  3. Mercat del Ninot - Elisabeth Rigol, a neighbour (5 Jun 2015 - 13:38)

    The market renovation is finished. Is back and brand new. Please update

  4. El Ninot market temporarely relocated - Pierotte (27 Oct 2014 - 11:00)

    Thé market is undergoing a major rebuild and is relocated on Casanova in front of the faculty of médecine.

  5. Mercat del Ninot - Sebastià (25 Jun 2014 - 08:15)

    "Market of the child"? Ha ha ha... very BAD!
    The "El Mercat del Ninot" is the El Mercat del Ninot! and "Ninot" its popular name...!

  6. Old Building closed and unser reconstruction until june 2015 - Jörg Spilker (7 May 2014 - 08:15)

    There is a replacement Building which closed at 8pm.

  7. Mercat del Ninot - Isa (16 Feb 2012 - 11:00)

    Friendly correction: Mercat del Ninot does not translate to "the market of the child" but the market of the Puppet/Doll. It takes its name of a figurehead shaped as a child who once decorated an old taverna and later the market, and that was popularly know as "El Ninot" (the big doll). The figurehead that gave the market its popular name, is currently held at the Maritime Museum.

Your comment has been recorded and will be published after moderation.

flag-de flag-en flag-es flag-fr flag-it flag-pt logo-ba-white icon-avatar icon-facebook icon-instagram