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The freshest markets in the neighbourhood
Barcelona’s network of municipal markets is unique in Europe. It is made up of 39 fresh-product markets, notable for their personalised customer assistance, quality and variety and for their distribution throughout the city’s neighbourhoods. It also has four special non-food markets. Some of these markets are unique and much loved, such as Mercat Dominical de Sant Antoni and Mercat de les Flors de la Rambla.
Iconic historic markets
To explore Barcelona's markets more, you should begin with the more iconic ones, those which have a special significance for the city because of their character, design or location.
Barcelona's first covered markets were built at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries. It was when Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) architecture was at its height, so many adopted that style. They are characterised by their large structures and high interiors, which give their neighbourhoods a lot of dignity.
Aside from the food markets, Barcelona has fairs and markets where you can find all kinds of items, old and new. The best examples are the flea market, Encants - Fira de Bellcaire, and the Sunday market, Dominical de Sant Antoni, but there are fairs and markets in various parts of the city. Because there is a long tradition of collecting and of buying and selling antiques in the city.
Barcelona folk love to make the most of the good weather and do things outdoors. So it is normal to find occasional food and craft markets in the city's streets and squares. Some have a long tradition and some are newer Some are weekly, while others are held at a particular time of the year. But they are all different, with their own identity, and could turn out to be a pleasant surprise.