Mercado Barranco (official name is Mercado Lonja del Barranco) is one of the latest must go to places in Seville. The official opening was at the end of 2014 after going through extensive renovation. It has become quite the hangout for local Sevillanos as well as tourists from all over the world. It is located close to the center of the city. The building itself is a design by Gustave Eiffel. Yes, the same one of the famous Eiffel Tower. Construction of the building began in 1861. It took exactly 22 years to construct. The building itself is a World Heritage Historical Site. It is about 4,000 square feet in size. It houses 20 different vendors selling all kinds of goodies, from tapas, to ice cream to sushi and beef dishes.
Mercado Barranco Seville (Mercado Lonja del Barranco)
Saying the full name of the market is quite a mouth full, so l will still just stick with calling it the Mercado Barranco :-). We had visited before with friends when we came to Seville for the first time. It was on a Saturday, and was packed. We just got a drink and stood at the bar, as there were absolutely no seats available. This time, we went on a weekday, so we could actually enjoy it. It was quite nice inside, it is still new and everything is so clean. It felt good to be in the space. We got ourselves some tapas and beer and had our pick of seats on the outer area, which was covered and had those steam jet things cooling you off. It wasn’t bad at all. I will say it again, give me dry heat any old-time! It is now August which is supposed to be the worst month, temperature wise in Seville. We’ll see :-). Find the best hotel prices for your stay in Seville here.
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Here are some pictures from the Mercado Barranco. It is a nice way to pass the time after visiting the historic sites in the center. You can eat, drink, and people watch. All the shops are in the center and are surrounded by seats. I love the wide aisles, and especially the open airy feel of the place. You can get an assortment of wine, or visit the beer merchant next to it. I’m not sure if there is an actual micro brewery in there or not, but l think so. I can’t seem to find the picture that l took.
Mercado Lonja del Barranco Hours: 11AM till Midnight
The Mercado Barranco opens at 11AM, which is still breakfast time in Spain :-). I wanted a muffin badly, but decided to forgo it as it was almost 2.30PM when we got there. Had l remembered, l would have bought it to eat the next day. They looked good.
Mercado Barranco Address:
Calle Arjona s/n Seville 41001
I’m sure when the sun goes down, it would be very nice to seat in one of these comfy chairs and watch people strolling or jogging by along the river. This view is from the back of the Mercado Barranco.
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After dining on tapas, l recommend going out the back and taking a stroll along the river. Make sure you have comfortable shoes as you can make it a long walk if you want. There is plenty of shade, and the view of the Guadalquivir river is picturesque. There are usually sightseeing cruise boats passing by, plenty of joggers and entertainers. On weekends, the Mercado Barranco is open till 2AM, otherwise till midnight. It is always a good idea to check their Facebook page because they often have artist performances and other special events.
While the Mercado Barranco may not be as big as the ones in Barcelona or Madrid, l think it definitely gives them a run for their money. The outdoor space and view of the river alone makes it unique. Sure l wish there was a paella stand in there, but l don’t mind too much. We know a great place for paella very close to it :-) . If you find yourself in Seville, l recommend checking out the Mercado for some good tapas and drinks.
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Have you been to Seville? If not, would you like to visit and sample some of the very delicious tapas?. How would you compare it to the ones in Barcelona or Madrid if you’ve been?