Although on some occasions they have already lost the essence of their existence and the importance for which they were conceived, city markets are still places that you should visit because they are living history that still endures and, in many cases, because they are great architectural gems..
And in Barcelona there are a number of markets that you should know. Here we are going to talk about the most interesting places you can visit in this city.
Although there are many more markets in Barcelona that are worthwhile. And you can also enjoy this tapas route through the markets of Barcelona.
The best markets in Barcelona
The Boquería Market, the most famous
If they talk to you about markets to see in Barcelona, it is most likely that the first thing you think of is the Mercado de la Boquería, whose origin dates back to the year 1200 when a traveling market began to be held in this place until its location was fixed in 1840. next to Las Ramblas.
It is also known as Mercado de Sant Josep and in it you can find all kinds of fresh products, although nowadays there are more visitors who come for tourism than to buy.
Visiting the Boquería Market and enjoying its mixture of smells, its succession of colors and the atmosphere that you breathe is almost a must if you travel to Barcelona.
- Official website of the Boquería Market.
Santa Caterina Market
This is another of the great markets in Barcelona and one that has gained more fame in recent years, especially for its architectural design culminated in a very colorful roof, the construction of which was completed in 2005.
But the market is much older. It dates from 1848, becoming the first covered market in Barcelona, being built in the same place where there used to be a convent, of which there are still some vestiges that can be visited, such as its apse.
It is a modernist open market, whose roof works as an awning and whose original door is preserved. In addition to doing your shopping, you can also have drinks and tapas in one of its bars and restaurants.
- Official page of the Santa Caterina Market.
The Mercado de la Concepción, the flower market
Located in the Eixample neighborhood, the Mercado de la Concepción is another of the interesting markets that you should visit in Barcelona. It is famous for being a flower market but nowadays there are also different stores that sell other products such as household appliances or food.
The market dates back to 1888 and is a true spectacle for the senses. Of course, if you are allergic to pollen, it is better not to go near it.
Architecturally, with iron as the main protagonist, it is also a marvel of the city.
- Official page of the Mercado de la Concepción.
This market no longer acts as such but it is also worth a visit for its architecture and for currently being a cultural center with archaeological remains.
This is the Mercado del Born, located in the neighborhood of the same name and which has become so popular in recent years. Its modernist iron structure is a real gem.
The Mercado del Born housed the old fruit and vegetable market of Barcelona for a century and is known as the cathedral of iron and glass and inside we can see the archaeological remains of the old medieval city.
The Paseo del Born is also very interesting, a medieval street adapted to the new times with numerous terraces and trendy bars.
- Official website of the Born Market.
Other markets to see in Barcelona
The list of markets is almost endless and you have them of many types and times. One of the most curious is the Mercado de San Antonio, which is an example of the love for iron that architects had at the end of the 19th century.
With a cross-shaped floor plan, we can find all kinds of fashion or food items and even second-hand books or stamps on Sundays. Official website of the San Antonio Market.
The Mercat dels Encants is another special market, especially if you are looking for second-hand items, from jewelry and books to all kinds of antiques or clothing.
In it, items are sold through auctions, which are held from 7 to 9 in the morning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All this surrounded by mirrors that give a special vision to this curious market. Official page of the Mercat dels Encants.