The antique market of Barcelona: Mercat Dels Encants.
Encants market is like a flea market, one of the most important markets in Barcelona to buy all kinds of items, many of them second-hand, you can literally find anything, from jewelry and clothing, to books and antiques.
It has its magic and many people love going there every week to find cheap and interesting things, it is a true paradise for shopping fans! But not only for shopping, there are also several food stalls located on the top floor where you can stop to eat or have a drink, it is always a good idea to take a break and think about your next possible buy.
It is located near Avenida Meridiana, right next to the famous Torre Agbar and occupies a total area of over 33,300 square meters. The market rises under a huge 24-meter-high roof filled with mirrors that reflect all the daily activity of the market. It is an architectural masterpiece and it gives the visitors the feeling that they are outdoors.
Encants actually is one of the oldest markets in Europe. From 1928 to 2014 the market was located at the end of Carrer Dos de Maig. In 2014 it was transferred to Avinguda Meridiana, near Plaça de les Glòries. It is a very modern and beautiful building because the structure of the mirror roof also protects the market when it rains.
One of its main attractions is the public auction on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. It is one of the most significant components of the city, since it is the only one in Europe in which this type of sale is made: Good prices and qualities for all tastes. The auctions are very well organized, it is a fun and entertaining event you should check out one day.
You can spend hours browsing through their stalls and find anything you can imagine, from a a kitchen faucet, to an electric bicycle or the stickers you used to collect as a child. And even if you’re just going to spend a fun morning, it’s a great opportunity to visit one of the symbols of Barcelona, let yourself be seen by the Mercat de los Encants Vells.
Any plans for the weekend? Go see the market this Saturday!
Location: Carrer de los Castillejos 158, Barcelona
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Metro: L2 Encants / L1 Glories / Bus: 18,33,34,43,51,54,56,62,92,544