If you want to eat, drink, or even dance among the smells, colours, and chaos of some of the world’s greatest markets then your ticket to Barcelona was your first great purchase.
The Barcelona market scene throws the past right in your face and gives you a present to take home: from fine foods and vintage stuffs to food trucks and DJ’s and local artists you’ll be spoiled.
Let’s take a look.
Barcelona Market Guide 2020
Mercado de la Boqueria
The fragrant, bustling food stalls and mini restaurants here offer quality culinary experiences; just be prepared to jockey with tourists taking photos of the fresh fish still moving and sellers trying to get extra pennies out of you.
Get one of the €1.50 fruit smoothies and walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
Hours: Mon-Sat (8:00-20:30).
Palo Alto Market
Type: Vintage + Food | Carrer dels Pellaires 30 | Metro: Llacuna (L4) | Area: Poble Nou
One of the best markets in Barcelona for creative and artistic merit.
The street market is a great place to soak up the sun and buy some great second hand and vintage goods, listen to some great live music and DJs, and sample a ton of great food in the many food trucks – with great gluten-free and vegetarian options.
On top of it all you’ll find this to be another go-to for Barcelona artists, designers, and photographers looking to get their works out to the world. If any Barcelona market was made for young people this is it.
Palo Alto market runs the first weekend of every month except August.
Hours: Sat/Sun (11:00-21:00).
Els Encants Market
The biggest of the flea markets in Barcelona counts more than 500 stalls – not counting the illegal ones.
The so-called ‘oasis of objects‘ is a mini-city of forgotten toys, gadgets, and just about anything that could be put on sale. Here I found a childhood satisfying Sega Genesis and some games I thought had been forgotten by time.
On the sellers’ laid-out white sheets you’ll find everything from hardware to clothes to toys to mobiles. One of the cool things here is that the DIY nature of the market means you can barter – as a horrible barterer though I can only tell you good luck!
Like most markets in Barcelona Saturday is by far the best day.
Hours (food): Mon-Sat (8:00 am to 8:00 pm).
Hours (clothing, houseware): Mon, Wed-Sat (10:00 am to 8:30 pm)
The 8037 Market takes traditional clothing markets and flips it on its ear.
Here we’re talking about a second hand market with a concentration not on the utility of cheap clothing but on fashion.
If you’re looking for perfectly conserved vintage pieces and a place with a cool, funky, pleasant atmosphere then this is the one for you.
The schedule is a bit off and on with this one so it’s best to consult their Facebook page.
Hours: one Saturday a month at 1:00 pm.
Sant Antoni Market
Barcelona’s second biggest market has all the pros of the famous Boqueria without the tourists.
It’s impossible to miss this gigantic steel structure built in 1882. It takes up an entire city block. Look up and if you look closely you’ll see the Barcelona coat of arms crowned by a bat.
This eclectic food market with a twist offers the freshest produce, quality meats, snacks, shoes and all types of clothing was re-opened in May 2018 after nearly a decade of renovations.
On the perimeter of Sant Antoni market on Sundays is the classic book, vinyl, stamp, comic, and coin market that’ll satisfy the nerd in you. It runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Hours: Mon-Thurs (7:30-14:30, 17:30-20:30), Fri-Sat (7:00-20:30).
Here you’ll only find a concentration of handmade, artisan products. Go here to find jewellry, recycled art, crafts, and much more.
There are also face painters, food trucks, live music, dancing, and activities for kids.
Best to consult their schedule on Facebook.
Hours: Saturdays at 1:00 or 1:30 pm.
Mercat de Santa Caterina
This most historic Barcelona market holds the distinction of being the first to be covered (1848).
The recent renovations include a colourful, undulating, clam shell-like roof made up of 325,000 ceramic tiles that really stands out when seen from nearby Plaza Catedral.
You’ll find more than 100 food stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, sweets, baked goods and anything else your stomach could possibly imagine.
There’s also a supermarket, a couple of bars and cafes, and one of Barcelona’s best restaurants Cuines Santa Caterina (a type of Asian and Mediterranean fusion). A nearby bonus? One of my favourite rooftop bars is at nearby Hotel Grand Central.
Hours: Mon (7:30-14:00), Tues/Wed/Sat (7:30-15:30), Thurs/Fri (7:30-20:30).
The Flea Market
The Flea Market is the oldest second hand market in Barcelona, and here you’ll find people exchanging all sorts of gadgets, clothes, books, and music stuffs.
The philosophy of the organizers here is the very telling “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold”. Though you’ve probably planned your perfect Barcelona holiday to be packed light – you may just end up trading that unwanted sweater in your suitcase for a spring jacket!
Hey, one can dream!
The super central location means you can pass by and check it out with minimal time-waste risk.
There are two Flea Market Barcelona runnings a month:
- El Fleadonia. Found in Plaça Salvador Segui (metro Liceu) the first Sunday of the month.
- El Flea. Found in Plaça Blanquerna (metro Drassanes) the second Sunday of the month.
Lost & Found Market
This second hand and vintage market runs once every four months.
Again, the organizers here are aiming for a responsible shopping experience where trading is just as common as buying. It’s situated right in the classic beach neighbourhood Barceloneta and is more of a party than a market. Here you’ll stock up on books, clothes, music, toys, and more.
The street food and DJs spinning sets have people dancing in the sun – a real modern hippy vibe.
Hours: Mon/Wed/Sat (9:00-20:00).
MERCAT DE LA CONCEPCIÓ
This legendary food market is worth a visit for its imposing structure and its great example of steel usage in Catalan architecture.
The market was built in 1888 and refurbished in 1998.
Hours: Monday and Saturday (8:00 am to 3:00 pm), Tuesday and Saturday (8:00 am to 8:00 pm).
La Tierra Slow Food Market
Type: Food | Avinguda Paral-lel 49 | Metro: Paral-lel (various) | Area: Poble Sec
For foodies this is a can’t miss market .
Every week you’ll find local farmers and a who’s who of restaurateurs and business owners setting up shop in the famous Tres Chimeneas Park to offer farm to table products.
You’ll also not just be able to buy local delicacies like produce, cheese, sausages etc. but also sample some amazing creations at the various food trucks on site.
Hours: Every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (June-September)
Fira de Nautumismo (Stamp and Coin)
This stamp and coin market runs every Sunday from 10:00 to 14:30 in classic Plaça Reial.
The geek in you will love sifting through all the old coins, banknotes, stamps, and all sorts of random collections of items like beer mats, cava bottles, and even sugar packs. One might even say this is a more of a museum than a market.
At the more than 60 stalls it hasn’t been unusual for some items to fetch thousands – bring cash!
Hours: Sun (9:00-14:30).
The Allada Vermell Artisan Market
This little handcraft market finds itself in the picturesque Born neighbourhood on the street between the Museo de Chocolate and the Picasso Museum.
Here local designers share their creations. The 25 or so market stalls here are a great place to pick up some original gifts for a friend or a little trinket for your significant other.
Hours: Sat (10:00-17:00).
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And as always should you have any question about your Barcelona holiday I am here – hit me up!