Sesimbra’s covered market offers a great mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, local breads, groceries and lots of fish straight from the harbour. It’s right in the centre of town. The traders are friendly, the building is clean and simple, and shopping is a pleasure.
The 9th International Markets Conference was held in Barcelona 26-28 March and was hosted by the Project for Public Spaces – this link also has a good article on Barcelona as part of PPS work on Market Cities. The conference sounds a great success and there is a blog posting from Foodshare, Toronto with a few thoughts about indoor v outdoor markets and their own work with getting fresh produce to low income communities here.
No doubt more reports will follow.
I made a few postings at the beginning of January (3,6, 8) about Rotterdam’s new Markthal where I questionned how much food shopping was actually going on – I have just come across a post on the Sustainable Food Trust site by Zoe Nielsen who makes similar observations. She compares the Markthal in Rotterdam with the new Foodhallen in Amsterdam, housed in a renovated tram depot which also includes a public library, an independent nine-screen cinema, a nursery, a hairdresser and a number of other small independent businesses and offices.
There are some nice photographs of the markets and she concludes that ‘while the Markthal’s top-down approach to the development of a lucrative indoor market falls flat, the Foodhallen with its cheerful chaos and packed crowds feels as though it’s already a local institution – despite a soft opening and almost no PR. The approach seems simple enough: a regenerated building, an effort to become part of the community rather than transform it, and a total dedication to working only with independent vendors‘. Sounds like it’s worth a visit.
You can read the full article here