Mercat de Sant Antoni
Like Boqueria market but bigger and with almost no tourists...
With colourful stalls for food, fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood, the Mercat de Sant Antoni (St Anthony's Market) at the south-western end of the Raval is one of the largest markets in operation in Barcelona.
"El Mercat de Sant Antoni" and "El Mercat dels Encants de Sant Antoni
It is actually two markets in the same building:
> El Mercat de Sant Antoni is the food market with no less than 95 stalls including 9 "xarcuteria" Here we like the Jabugo :-)
>> And under the same roof but under another name "El Mercat dels Encants de Sant Antoni" just as many stands but not food such as fashion shops for men and women, accessories, jewellery, 4 haberdasheries, shoes, stands for children's clothes... A whole world!
On Sundays from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, a book and coin market takes place all around the building. You will find old books, magazines, comics, postcards, records, coins, stamps but also second-hand clothes.
>>Information on this Sunday market here https://www.mercatdominicaldesantantoni.com/
The steel structure of the building (1872-82) designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias is very spectacular. Its form is equally spectacular: an X-shaped building in an architectural style that combines modernist elements with neoclassical influences. Its main structure is made of wrought iron and glass, creating open and bright spaces inside the market. The exterior facades are adorned with elaborate architectural details, such as floral motifs, colourful ceramics and sculptural reliefs. Take the time to observe it!
The market was completely renovated from 2009 to 2018, a mammoth undertaking that was slowed down by the discovery of Roman remains. It is now a very modern market, with ideally calculated spaces for traffic and commerce.
A gourmet tip to finish: Stop by the "Casa Blanca Mercat de Sant Antoni" restaurant, perfect for tasting typical Catalan dishes at local prices!
Mercat de Sant AntoniCarrer del Comte d'Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Eixample left
Website: Mercat de Sant Antoni - Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm
Phone: 00 34 934 26 35 21
Metro/Bus: Metro: L2 Sant Antoni / Bus: 20, 24, 37, 41, 55, 141
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