Shopping in the open air
One of the most traditional yet different open air markets is Mercat de les Flors de la Rambla. It has been situated on the famous Barcelona street for over 200 years. The flower stalls are part of the Boqueria and were remodelled in the 1990s. You can find all types of plants and flowers here.
If you like organic produce, you cannot miss the Friday market in the Pedralbes Centre shopping mall, in the Les Corts neighbourhood. There you will be able to find top quality, certified organic local products. The produce is a better price because it is sold directly by the producers themselves and so they cut out the middle man.
More usual are the craft markets, for food or other products, that are often set up in the most central squares of each neighbourhood. There you will find a mixed offering of products but all with a common denominator: they are made by the craftsmen and women themselves and they have the Fet a Mà (made by hand) seal. Among the most typical is the craft food fair, the Fira del Col·lectiu d’Artesans d’Alimentació, in Plaça del Pi, in Ciutat Vella, which is held on the first and third weekend of each month. The stalls offer a wide and varied assortment of artisanal foodstuffs, from cheeses and yoghurts to wines and vinegars. You can also find food and other craft products in the Eixample, on Avinguda de Gaudí in the Sagrada Família neighbourhood, on the first and third Sunday of each month.
Painters' markets are also usual and can be found in many of the city's districts. In the Eixample, in Plaça de la Sagrada Família, you have the Mostra de Pintors Aficionats. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, between 10 and 20 stalls are set up with oils, prints and watercolours. In Sarrià - Sant Gervasi, the artists get together every first Sunday in the month in Plaça de Sarrià. There they display and sell their work. Every Saturday and Sunday in Ciutat Vella you can see the Mostra d’Art Sant Josep Oriol, in the square of the same name. Established in 1977, it is one of the oldest of its kind and specialises in painting, with a wide range of styles and techniques available on its 50 stalls.
As well as all these, there are markets held at specific times of the year. One of the most important for food and drink is the Mercat de Mercats the market of markets, which takes place in October in Plaça de la Catedral. It has proved a big international hit and is heading towards a fifth edition.
Around the Christmas festivities, from 8 to 23 of December, there is the Fira de Santa Llúcia din front of the cathedral, in Ciutat Vella. This market heralds the arrival of the Christmas festivities and here you can buy decorations, nativity scenes and Christmas trees.
Also around Christmas, but from 23 December to 6 January (Epiphany or el Dia de Reis), is the Fira de Reis de la Gran Via. Between Carrer d'Entença and Carrer del Muntaner you can buy toys and presents for everyone. On La nit de Reis, the night when the Three Wise Men arrive bearing gifts, the fair is open until late. The Fira de Reis is also held on Via Júlia, in Nou Barris, Plaça de Sants and Plaça Bonet i Muixí, in Sants-Montjuïc.