1. Mercat de La Boqueria

    Barcelona’s most famous food market is conveniently located on La Rambla. Freshness reigns supreme and shoppers are spoiled for choice, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from vine-ripened tomatoes to haunches of beef and moist wedges of Manchego cheese. The city’s seaside status is in full evidence at the fish stalls.

    • La Rambla 91

    • Open 7am–8pm Mon–Sat

  2. Els Encants

    Barcelona’s best flea market, Els Encants (east of the city) is where you’ll find everything you want, from second-hand clothes, electrical appliances and toys to home-made pottery and used books. Discerning browsers can fit out an entire kitchen from an array of pots and pans. Bargain-hunters should come early. Discussions are being held regarding the market’s location.

    • Pl de les Glòries Catalanes

    • Open 7am–5:30pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat

  3. Fira de Santa Llúcia

    The Christmas season is officially under way when local artisans set up shop outside the Cathedral for the annual Christmas fair. Well worth a visit if only to peruse the row upon row of caganers, miniature figures squatting to fer caca (take a poop). Uniquely Catalan, the caganers are usually hidden in the back of nativity scenes. This unusual celebration of the scatological also appears in other Christmas traditions.

    • Pl de la Seu

    • Open 1–23 Dec: 10am–8pm (times may vary) daily

    Fira de Santa Llúcia, Plaça de la Seu
  4. Book & Coin Market at Mercat de Sant Antoni

    For book lovers, there’s no better way to spend Sunday morning than browsing at this market (west of the city). You’ll find a mind-boggling assortment of weathered paperbacks, ancient tomes, stacks of old magazines, comics, postcards and lots more, from coins to videos.

    • C/Comte d’Urgell

    • Open 8am–3pm Sun

  5. Fira Artesana, Plaça del Pi

    The Plaça del Pi brims with natural and organic foods during the Fira Artesana, when producers bring their goods to this corner of the Barri Gòtic. The market specializes in home-made cheeses and honey – from clear clover honey from the Pyrenees to nutty concoctions from Morella.

    • Pl del Pi

    • Open 10am–2pm & 5–9pm 1st & 3rd Fri, Sat & Sun of month

    Cheeses, Fira Artesana, Plaça del Pi
  6. Fira de Filatelia i Numismàtica

    Spread out in the elegant Plaça Reial, this popular stamp and coin market draws avid collectors from all over the city. The newest collectors’ items are phone cards and old xapes de cava (cava bottle cork foils). When the market ends (and the local police go to lunch), a makeshift flea market takes over. Old folks from the barrio and immigrants haul out their belongings – old lamps, clothing, junk – and lay it all out on cloths on the ground.

    • Pl Reial

    • Open 9:30am–2:30pm Sun

  7. Mercat de la Barceloneta

    The striking Barceloneta covered market overlooks an expansive square. As well as produce stalls, there are a couple of excellent restaurants including the Michelin-starred Lluçanès.

    • Pl Font 1, Barceloneta

    • Open 7am–3pm Mon & Sat (& 5pm–8:30pm Tue–Thu), 7am–8:30pm Fri

  8. Mercat de Santa Caterina

    Each barrio has its own food market with tempting displays but this one boasts a spectacular setting. Opened in 2005, the building was designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles (1955–2000).

    • Av Francesc Cambó 16

    • Open 8am–2pm Mon, 8am–3:30pm Tue, Wed & Sat, 8am–8:30pm Thu & Fri

  9. Mercat del Art de la Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

    At weekends, local artists flock to this Barri Gòtic square to sell their art and set up their easels. You’ll find everything from watercolours of Catalan landscapes to oil paintings of churches and castles.

    • Pl de Sant Josep Oriol

    • Open 11am–8:30pm Sat, 10am–2pm Sun

  10. Mercat dels Antiquaris

    Antiques aficionados and collectors contentedly rummage through jewellery, watches, candelabras, silver trays, embroidery and assorted bric-a-brac at this long-running antiques market in front of the Cathedral.

    • Pl de la Seu

    • Open 10am–9pm Thu

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