Barcelona is well known for its beautiful architecture, artistic and trendy streets, and lively atmosphere. But what’s more, is the incredible gastronomy and supply of markets in the city, including one of Europe’s best food markets, La boquería. When in Barcelona, you will have access to some of the best markets where you can buy local products including food, flowers, art and even clothes.
La Boqueria is an enormous public market which is located just off the famous Ramblas. This is one of Barcelona’s most foremost tourist landmarks. The boqueria serves a wide range of fresh food, including fruit, veg, fish, meat, delicious juices, empañadas, crepes and more! It’s a great place to stop by whilst you’re sight seeing in the city, pick up a bite to eat, or even visit to collect some local produce to cook up that evening! Make sure you really soak up the atmosphere here as it is a very special market. You will find plenty of nice little bars and restaurants surrounding the market for you to grab a bite to eat at, we recommend the Bar Ramblero for the best seafood dishes!
Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona
Mercat de Sant Antoni
The Mercat de Sant Antoni is a vibrant market based in a 1882 steel- frame building, offering fresh fish, produce and vegetables. It is a less touristy version of La Boqueria with a few extra features. Typically on a Sunday morning, it features a second hand book market, and during the week there are lovely outside stalls selling everything from clothes to home- ware.
Address: Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona
Mercat de Santa Caterina
This is a lovely buzzy market which features a unique, wavy roof and pretty colourful mosaics. This is probably one of the most distinctive markets due to its stunning colours, capturing Barcelona’s modernista tradition. They sell an assortment of fresh produce including meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables. There are some bars surrounding this market like the well- known Bar Joan which is a regular for shoppers at this market.
Address: Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona
Mercat de la Concepció
This is a remodelled indoor market with 19th century origins, the market is very colourful and has a beautiful tiled roof. This was built back in 1888 in one of the oldest and most central parts of Barcelona, just a stone’s throw from the Sagrada Familia. It sells fruit and veggies but is not known for its food like La Boqueria. The Mercat de la Concepció is best known for its beautiful array of flowers, the colours are vibrant and beautiful.
Address: C/ d’Aragó, 317, 08009 Barcelona
Mercat de Sant Andreu
This little neighbourhood market has vendors for fruit, vegetables, bulk food, meat and seafood. This is a top pick for locals in Sant Andreu, offering everything you could need. You will find that there are more stalls, shops and bars beneath the colonnade itself which sell flowers and pastries. They also have a Chocolat, specialising in teas, chocolate and even ice cream.
Address: Carrer de Sant Adrià, 16, 08030 Barcelona
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Mercat de Sants
Near Montjuïc, in the Sants district you can find the Mercat de Sants which is another example of beautiful modernista architecture. The Mercat de Sants is set in a large stunning brick building which has ornate details and modernista features. Although antique, the inside appears very modern, offering the usual fresh produce as well as ready- made meals and snacks such as pastas, croquettes, empanadas and salads.
Address: Carrer de Sant Jordi, 6, 08028 Barcelona
Mercat dels Encants
Els Encants Vells is a huge flea market which has been around since the 14th century. As one of Barcelona’s oldest and largest permanent markets, it is a must see in the city. They have over 500 sellers and stores where you can find all sorts of things such as clothing, toys, antique decor items, books, bikes, accessories for your phone and more.
Address: Carrer de los Castillejos, 158, 08013 Barcelona
Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona.