Set Current Location
Located within the district of Ciutat Vella, La Boqueria is the most famous and one of the largest markets in Barcelona. The city's restaurateurs make a daily visit to stock up from its wide and plentiful range of high quality fresh food. Don't miss it on your way along Las Ramblas. The place is also known for housing a number of restaurants and bar specializing in world class cuisine. It is kind of a flea market and is ideal for heavy bargaining and discounts.
Also known as the Honey Market, Fira Artesana though is a hidden gem is also a popular market among the locals. Overlooking the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, it is held on the first and third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month from 10a to 2p and 5p to 9p. A hub for Catalan farmers, this market is known for its organic wares. Cheese mongers will find a variety of artisan cheese. There are an array of cakes and honey-based treats that will tempt you.
In the same vicinity as Las Ramblas and the Museu Picasso, the Mercat Santa Caterina is a great place to spend some quality time, whether one is looking to do some serious shopping or just stroll around. Existing since 1848, the market has undergone a makeover, and one that's best appreciated from a high vantage point. Housed under the undulating roof are stalls retailing in the finest goods Spain has to offer, a restaurant and incredibly, the remains of an early 13th century Roman monastery, parts of which are still on display.
This market, established in 1888, is now a national heritage listed area. It was totally refurbished in 1998 and now, the old architecture and the new technology blend seamlessly. There is customer parking, and Mercat de La Concepció has shopping trolleys, a cash-dispenser and a bakery. All the shops provide a home-delivery service. There are all kinds of stalls: fruit, dairy, meats, fish, flowers, electrical goods and even a supermarket. Most shops are open from Monday to Saturday, except for the florist's, which are open 24/7. Don't forget to check the market's website for more accurate information.
Mercat de Sant Antoni is a famous market in Barcelona that retains its traditional building frame. In the central dome you'll find stalls selling fresh fish. From this point there are a series of hallways where you'll find all the other delicacies like fresh fruits and vegetables, butcher's stalls, poultry, nuts, cafés, and more. And despite all this there are a few un-rented stalls. Entrance is by any of the four streets that encircle the market. On Sundays, the streets around the market fill up with stalls selling used books and magazines or where you can exchange picture cards.
This hundred-year-old market offers very traditional service. Inside are 175 different stalls: grocer's, butcher's, fishmonger's and more, plus 90 external stalls selling different kinds of knick-knacks like household goods, clothes, lingerie, bags, gifts and more. The large central island just for fish is particularly impressive, and everything is of good quality. They are continuously running promotions, such as raffles and free gifts. They also have their own parking, with access from Carrer Villarroel.
Any kind of object can be found at Mercat del Encants, the biggest flea market in Barcelona. Hidden among piles and piles of second-hand objects, there might be that antique you were looking for. Especially curious is the huge amount of old furniture on sale which is surrounded by stacks of clothes, books, and other curios. It is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9a. However, stop by at 8a to attend the auctions of the most valuable objects.
Shopping in Barcelona would be incomplete if you haven't visited the Palo Alto Market that sits in a corner of the Santi Marti locale of the city. The market houses a large cluster of local business who sell everything from fresh produce and handicrafts to home decor and clothes. Also, a great place to check out the local food scene, numerous food trucks can be found doing rounds of the market selling a variety of delicious Catalunian delicacies.
Founded in 1911, the Sarrià market is made up of a Super Estalvi supermarket and various stalls selling fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and more. In the very center there's a little island where fresh fish is sold, which is typical of this kind of market. This place owes a lot of its charm to its small size - you get the feeling that everyone, sellers and buyers alike, have known each other all their lives. If you're bringing a shopping cart or small children take care to come in one of the back entrances, since all the others have long steep stairs leading in.