El Ninot: a market to buy and taste, Barcelona

A girl, the daughter of the owner of a very popular tavern, was promised with a boy from the neighborhood of la Barceloneta. One day when she was at his fiancé’s house, she saw a ship being dismantled, she was struck by a doll at the bow of the boat and asked him and his friends to save it from the fire. After rescuing it, they placed the doll on the front of the tavern. People began to call the tavern “El Ninot” (the doll) to differentiate it from those that were in the surroundings. Although officially the market is called el Porvenir, it is popularly known by el Ninot and is the name that is still used to refer to it.

Estructura del mercado del Ninot, Barcelona

It was built in 1931 and until 1933 it was an outdoor market, but that year the market was remodeled with the current structure, which is the one that appears in the previous picture.

In the inside are grouped a set of stands offering products of all types: meat, fresh fish, sausages, cheeses, preserves, cod … At some stands there is a small kitchen where delicious dishes are cooked and aslo small snacks for occasional visitors, regular customers or people working in the neighborhood. A good idea would be to go for a walk around the market, take opportunity to buy some regional products and after the visit you can have lunch there, where to findfresher dishes than those made in a market kitchen?el ninot mercado barcelonaWeekly cooking workshops are also organized inside of the market with different topics: tapas, rice, cooking with children, desserts, signature cuisine… The workshops take place from 18.30 to 21.00 and cost 25e. It can be a fun activity if you are traveling or living in the city, or as a gift.

Once a year the “Market Night” takes place. It is a dinner with music in different markets of Barcelona, where the different stands cook small tasting dishes. A beautiful activity to watch and exquisite to taste.

The nearest metro stop is the L5 Hospital Clínic.

Useful items for your stay in Barcelona

Below you will find some items that will be useful during your trip to Barcelona. In addition, the options that I recommend are committed to environment/social causes and are vegan.

10l backpack for day trips and trekking

vegan + social & environment commitment

This 10 L backpack 10 is ideal for visitng cities or going hikimg. It has two compartments to organize your stuff properly and internal space for a hydration bag, as well as a side pocket to carry a bottle.

The size is suitable for 1 day trips and to go running, since it allows you to take everything you need with ease. In addition, it covers less of the back and thus avoids being overheated.

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Insulated bottle (BPA free)

vegan + environment commitment

The Super bottle Sparrow is very practical to carry water and liquids when you are visiting around, or your are planning on going to the beach or trekking; and is made of stainless steel.

It is thermal and can maintain the temperature (hot and cold) for 12 hours. This is a great way to cool off when you go to the beach or in hot weather. In addition, it comes with an additional cap for practicing sport, two straws and a cleaner.

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Waterproof windbreaker

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Carrying a waterproof windbreaker in your suitcase is essential in case temperatures drop, it rains unexpectedly, or to go hiking.

When traveling, it’s important to choose a jacket that is lightweight, takes up little space and that you can use in different situations; that is to say, that transpires, is waterproof and has a hood to protect you properly from bad weather.

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