If you love a good market, you should visit Barcelona. The city has all the hustle and bustle, the sights and music, the smell of the freshest native food, and the products you would never find in other cities. This city gives you the thrill of bargaining, pleasing both the novice and the experienced market goer. Below are some of the most popular Barcelona markets:
Mercat de Sant Josep/La Boqueria (Address: Rambla, 91 08002 Barcelona, Spain)
Probably Barcelona’s best-known market, this market is great whether you are just wandering through or sourcing ingredients for a meal. Located just off La Rambla, it is an assault on your senses, with smells coming from fresh fish, vegetable and fruit. It is also filled with colorful sweet counters that will attract any child or adult.
Mercadillo de la Plaça de Sant Josep (Address: La Rambla de Sant Josep, Barcelona)
This charming little market is a hub of street painters and their easels. There usually are less than 15 artists, but these Catalan painters cover every medium and style, from oils to watercolors, depicting sweeping landscapes to market stalls. You can chat with them if you are daring enough to test your Catalan or Spanish. If a caricature or portrait is what you are after, head to the southern end of La Rambla every evening.
Mercat Del Encants (Address: Plaça de les Glories Catalanes C. Dos de Maig, 186)
Mercat Del Encants is one of the city’s largest and perhaps the best loved flea markets. This market is pleasurably bizarre. You can find here power tools sold next to cosmetics sold next to antiques. Bargaining can be very fun. Most stalls usually pack up at midday, but the market carries on until the afternoon. Take note: many stalls are closed in August.
Fira de Santa Llucia (Address: P. de la Seu, Barcelona)
Fira de Santa Llucia is the city’s Christmas fair. You will find here all you need to have a festive mood. The Christmas fair in Barcelona is a truly Catalan affair. The market can get crowded at weekends. The Cagnares are interesting items in the market. They are little figurines defecating, which the Catalan people traditionally use in their nativity scenes.