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A brief guide to traditional shopping in Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona is a highly recommended experience not only for its sheer number and variety of shops, but the excellent atmosphere that permeates the shopping areas par excellence. However, with major fashion chains and shopping malls, you can also find sellers of handcraft goods that best represent Barcelona's character. Today, we will stop by some of these places for a truly traditional shopping experience.

When you ask any visitor for recommendations on the best food stalls in Barcelona, they will no doubt point you towards el Mercado de La Boquería. Located in Rambla, this market is constituted as a trade association that leads up to a unique gastronomic offer both in variety and quality. Meat, sausages, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, wine ...these are just some of the most important produces from Catalonia that are sold in these stalls. You can find much more when you explore the rest of this vast market.

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Photo: La Boquería (Getty)

If you ask the Barcelona residents the same question on market recommendations, they will respond by advising you to visit el Mercado de San Antonio. This market is located at the beginning of Conde de Urgel Street. It is an even more spacious market than the La Boqueria enclosure, but somewhat quieter. Unlike the other classical markets, in San Antonio, you can find many fashion accessories as well as numerous stops with food products. But it must be noted that during the month of August, some stalls may remain closed.

Not forgetting the stately beauty of the first two markets, we visited a site in Gótico district in which colour seems to flood through everything (especially, its roof). On what was once the convent of Santa Caterina, a market has risen with an exquisite interior ceramic-based decoration. This market, just like the other two, specialises in selling food products. In addition, the market also has several restaurants and is part of the gastronomic guided tours organised by the municipality of Barcelona.

Changing the food theme and heading towards Avenida Meridiana, we come across el Mercado de Encantos. This market offers commercial merchandise that you won't find in many other shops. The goods range from electronics, power tools and antiques from all corners of the world. It is a very picturesque place where you can find rare artworks, although some haggling will be necessary to get the best price. Another attraction are the antique auctions held every morning.

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