Flea markets, spice markets, flower markets, book markets, vinyl markets, street food markets and, of course, traditional markets. Travelling the world, we visit markets, hives of human activity whose historical and cultural importance cannot be overestimated. So, why don’t you go to yours anymore?

What happens when a city’s markets begin to become insignificant, when hubs of humanity are replaced almost exclusively by air-conditioned fluorescence and binary shopping carts?

Like it or not, Barcelona’s markets are at a crossroads. And sweet lordy have they taken their time in realizing it. So what’s next? Can we avoid more Boquerias? Can we learn from Madrid and never make a Mercado de San Miguel? Main squeeze Rafael Gómez-Moriana helps us sort through.

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