Both Llamber and La Ribera (top picture) are in the square that houses the Mercat del Born, once a public market and apparently the largest covered square in Europe. The commercial market closed in 1971. The building was scheduled for restoration in order to house the Biblioteca Provincial de Barcelona (the Barcelona provincial library), but when medieval remains of the city were found underneath, it was restored and turned into a museum.
La Ribera is a wholesale food company for restaurants, dating back to 1941. No doubt there were businesses like this all round the old market until a few years ago. Fortunately they are not exclusively wholesale and are happy to sell to the general public. Note that La Ribera is named after the area it’s in – Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera de Ciutat Vella, the lower part of which is referred to as El Born these days.
La Ribera sells more than 30 types of olive,
10 or so different cuts of bacalao and tinned fish,
large containers of herbs and spices (including curry powder from London), wines, hams, cured sausages, vinegars and olive oils.
I really loved the old fashioned shopping method of taking an item to the counter for ticket, which one then takes to the cashier’s window (caixa) in order to pay. Oli bought some artichoke purée and a tub of herbs.
La Ribera S.A. is at: Plaça Comercial 11, 08003, Barcelona.