The best markets in Barcelona
In Barcelona we can find markets of all kinds. The city offers variants for all tastes: from buying fresh food to looking for items you won’t find in any store.
Both tourists and those who live in Barcelona go out on weekends for a walk and enjoy a taste in these markets. We know that lofttowners are part of the active and daily life of the Catalan capital.
That’s why we want to tell you what the best markets in Barcelona are. Grab paper and pen (or mobile, as we are in 2020) and write down those that attract you the most and get ready to experience a different weekend: strolling around Barcelona and immersing yourself in the best markets in Barcelona.
Let’s get to it!
The market of the Boqueria is one of the best known in Barcelona. Not only is fresh produce sold and you have the possibility to enjoy meals, but it is also an important tourist attraction.
The Boqueria market is located in the heart of Barcelona: on La Rambla.
The Boqueria market has an area of 2500 square meters. Inside you can find more than 300 stalls that offer a wide variety of products. These range from fresh raw materials such as fruits, vegetables, fish or seafood to sweets and chocolates. The products offered in this Barcelona market are local.
La Boqueria is the largest market in Catalonia… what about that? But …do you know it’s not called that?
A little history isn’t bad. The name La Boqueria is popular. The real name is Mercat de Sant Josep. It was opened in 1840 and was originally an open-air market.
Make an agenda and spend a day walking through this emblematic market of Barcelona. We do not forget the schedules: it is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Els Encants Vells Market
Now we move from gastronomy to old objects. Encantes de Barcelona (or Feria Bellcaire) is a street market with more than 7 centuries of tradition.
What can we compare this market in Barcelona with? Well, if you’ve seen the film Notting Hill you’ll know that in London, the capital of England, the famous Portobello market is located.
Well, Els Encants Vells Market resembles the famous English market in north-west London.
In the Barcelona market you can find items and objects of all kinds and with a lot of history. If you like to collect old objects to decorate or just take a look at very peculiar items… then come to the market.
Currently you can find the fair at Avenida Meridiana, 69 (Glories Station of L1 Metro). It opens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.
Dare to explore this exotic flea market in Barcelona and, if you find something you like, get ready to haggle over the price… will you get it?
Mercado de la Concepción
Located in the heart of Eixample is the Market of the Concepción. Opened in 1888 this market in Barcelona has an area of 4 thousand square meters and is known for being… the flower market!
That’s right… you’ll see flowers everywhere. A must for any day of the week to surround yourself with nature and colours… that is, of joy.
The market was designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias, the same person who designed and built the Sant Antoni market.
It is in Carrer de Aragó, 313-317; you can visit the market from Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Mondays and Saturdays it opens from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get ready to find some flowers you may have never seen and enjoy a day in pure colour.
Sant Antoni Market
After 8 years in renovation, the Sant Antoni market has reopened its doors to the public. It is one of the largest markets in all of Barcelona and within it you can find three markets in one: food, clothing and books.
It is located in Eixample, where previously the Baluard de Sant Antoni stood, one of the most important entrances of the old walled city.
In 2007 the City Council began the process of remodelling. The reopening was finally held in 2018. The reason for the delay of the works is that during these, archaeological remains of Roman times were found. Currently they have incorporated these remains into the building, so you will not only find three markets, but also a bit of history.
Built in 1882, the total area is… 12,100 square metres. We recommend that you visit this beautiful market in Barcelona and take advantage of each of its corners.
It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., and is located in the Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1.
As we mentioned earlier, tourists choose to visit La Boqueria. So if you want to know a more local market, with fewer tourists and with friendly and helpful stalls… visit Sant Antoni!
Finally we will talk about another very used and popular market in Barcelona. Every second Sunday of the month, behind the Maritime Museum, the Fleamarket takes place.
This second-hand market is perfect if you want to find fashion accessories, clothes, records, books and much more.
In Plaza Blanquerna , in the Raval, the stalls are installed ready to receive visitors in a friendly and close way. From May to October it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For its part from November to April, you can find it from 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
We have explored all kinds of markets: itinerant, fixed, and open-air; and with different products. It’s up to you to choose which one to visit on your next day off.
If you want to know a list with all the best markets in Barcelona you can enter here.
Do you already know which one you’re going to?