Markets and fairs in Barcelona
There is no better way to get acquainted with all the typical products of Barcelona than to enter its marketplaces or visit its street markets. In these places you will be able to buy all kinds of products and souvenirs in a different and fun way as you walk through the aisles. Barcelona offers a multitude of markets where you will find every kind of food, original objects, antiques, clothing, or even flowers. Among the most famous you will find:
– La Boquería Marketplace: In all sureness this is the most famous and international market to be found in all of Barcelona. Located in broad Las Ramblas Street, inside this big marketplace you will find all kinds of food products, be them from Cataluña or other countries altogether, as you stroll by the colorful shop stands. Bustling activity, well-cared presentation and a wide variety of products are the ID card of this important Barcelonan market. La Boquería opens Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– Sant Antoni Market: At Ronda de Sant Pau Street we find San Antoni Market, a big marketplace full of stands with typical products, fish, meat and vegetables. It is a quieter and less touristic marketplace in relation to La Boquería, and it counts with a special charm thanks to the great number of locals who do their buying here. In addition, all Sunday’s mornings, right next to the market’s doors, you will find a very special street market specializing in books, comics, old postcards, magazines and collector coins. This market is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Fira Artesana: Located in Plaza del Pi, right next to the Liceu subway station, you can find Fira Artesana. This monthly market, also known as the honey market, brings together a plentitude of Catalonian producers who showcase and sell their best organic products. Among the most famous and characteristic products, you will find homemade pies and honey-infused cheese.
Markets of antiquities and other objects
– Encants Market: Next to Plaza de Les Glories you will find the Encants Barcelona Market. Here, you will be able to buy all kinds of objects, from rather ordinary ones to real extravagant and unique things. The stands offer antique articles, tools, cosmetics, clothing, antiquities, house appliances and all kinds of devices. Some of the most attractive features of this market include the presence of daily antique auctions, haggling is common and as closing time gets near, vendors start slashing prices. It is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., though it is best to avoid coming on a Saturday due to the large numbers of tourists.
– La Gratiferia: Without a doubt, La Grifería, held the last Sunday of each month at Parque de la Ciutadella, is one of Barcelona’s most unique markets. This original free street market allows for the sharing of objects without involving any trading or money. Every visitor who so desires can bring objects they no longer use or want to get rid of. At the same time, visitors can take, completely free of charge, all those articles they find interesting or of use. These kinds of street markets promote responsible and collaborative consumption. Inside, you will find clothing, shoes, seeds, tools, books and all kind of every-day, common products.