Best markets in Barcelona

The best markets in Barcelona are must-see places! Wherever you are in the city a market is nearby - just have a look to see different Spanish customs and how friendly these places are. You will be very tempted to buy the local fresh produce they have beautiful displayed on their stalls. Best Markets in Barcelona Image

Food markets:

~ The Unavoidable: Sant Joseph Market - La Boqueria

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Where: Ciutat Vella Las Ramblas, 91 08002 Barcelona When: From Mondays to Saturdays Opening hours: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm Features: La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona because of its amazing location in the center of Las Ramblas! It's one of the largest markets in Europe and offers high quality products, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, sweets, etc. You can even eat tapas here! There is quite a lot of tourist traffic but it's still a great place to visit. This market is a total mix of everything. As you get deeper into the market, you get wafts of people cooking fresh meats, pastas, and fish for the people on siesta or the tourists who happen to stumble upon the market. The vibrant colours make you want to buy absolutely everything because it all just looks so delicious! Traces of La Boqueria can be dated back as far as 1217, when local butchers set up stalls selling their meats. Since then, La Boqeria has grown into a Market of not just meats, but also fruits, fish, candies, vegetables, nuts, and much more. If you are thirsty or hungry you can find inexpensive fresh squeezed juices for as low as 1€ and fresh pasta for as low as 3€ ... just be prepared to battle through the crows on the weekends for the privilege!

~ The Authentic: Sant Antoni Market

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Where: Eixample Carrer Comte d'Urgell When: From Monday to Saturday Opening hours: From Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm Features: Sant Antoni is not completely outdoor, but this market is one of the largest food markets in Barcelona and when you are inside, it often feels as though it is an outside food market. There are parts of Sant Antoni that are outside, which is why I would put this on the list of Best markets in Barcelona that are a must see. Sant Antoni is more a place where locals can be found shopping around less of a touristic location. In the very center of Sant Antoni you will find a very popular tapas bar that many locals like to frequent on their siesta. Much like La Boqueria, the vibrant colors of all the fresh meats and fruits draws you in to buy much more than you had originally planned. On Sundays, around Market Sant Antoni, there's a book market with books, reviews, magazines, comics, postcards, etc from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm .

~ The Traditional: Fira Artesana

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Where: Ciutat Vella Plaça del Pi, 08002 Barcelona When: First Friday of each month Opening hours: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Features: Catalan producers meet each month to send their organic catalan produce. This market is particularly famous for its honey cake and its cheeses infused with honey hence its nickname: The Honey Market.

~ The Designer: Santa Caterina Market

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Where: Ciutat Vella Avenida Fransesc Cambo, 16  08003 Barcelona When and Opening hours: Mon: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm Tue, Wed & Sat: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Thu & Fri 7:30 am to 8:30 pm Features: The original design of the building is very eye catching due to its undulating and brightly coloured roof. There is also a wonderful display of produce inside!

~ The Trendy: Princesa Market

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Where: El Born Carrer Sabateret 1-3, 08003 Baracelona Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 9:00 am to midnight Thursday to Saturday 9:00 am to midnight Features: Princesa Market is an old market where you can find flavours from the whole world: Sushi, tapas, Italian food, etc.

~ The Classic: Market del Ninot  (currently undergoing renovation)

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Where: Eixample Esquerda Carrer Mallorca, 135  08036 Barcelona Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Saturdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Features: It's close to Plaza Catalonia but hidden enough not to be crowded by tourists! Like all markets in Barcelona, produce is absolutely fresh: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, etc. You can even eat tapas there!

Flower Market & Food Market

~ Mercat de la Concepcio

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Where: Eixample Dreta Carrer d'Arago, 311 08009 Barcelona When: Food market: Monday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 to 3:00 pm Flower market: Monday to Sunday 24 hours a day. Features: Old market in the center of Barcelona today best known as the flower market of Barcelona. It's gardeners' and curious people's paradise where they can find many varieties of garden flowers and seeds. There's also a food part with lots of different options.

Flea Market

~ Mercat dels Encants

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Where: El Clot Carrer del Dos de Maig, 186  08013 Barcelona When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Public Auction: From 8:00 am to 9:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday Features: Mercat dels Encants is Barcelona's largest secondhand market! From Odds and ends like cosmetics, old bikes, etc., to vintage furniture like clothes or books, this market is full of surprises. This is one of the largest flea markets in Barcelona and they have new and old things scattered in booths throughout the whole market. There are as well many everyday items that can be found at Encants for a cheaper price than in regular stores. Bargaining is a huge thing at Encants and if you don't bargain you will most likely be ripped off. Bargaining can be fun, after all the goal is get as much as you can for the least amount of money, right? As at any flea market you do have to go through a bunch of trashy items in order to find treasures. Encants is very unique in many aspects, one being their public auctions. The public auctions attract many tourists and locals alike and is their largest attraction at Encants. Public auctions are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:15- 20:30, excluding holidays.Advice: Saturday is really crowded and if you want to find that special something come early! ~Lucie

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