Monday, March 23, 2015

Shopping in Spain: 3 Stellar Markets to Visit

There’s no better way to soak up the local culture and cuisine than by visiting the best markets that a city has to offer. Lucky for us, our Country of The Month, Spain, has so many markets to choose from – flea, food, flowers, antiques, books...the list goes on and on.

via Flickr by Marika Bortolami

It was a tricky task, but we’ve managed to narrow down our choices to a list of three “must-see” markets. Here they are!:

Mercado de San Miguel 

Where: Off of Plaza Mayor, Madrid
When: Monday through Sunday
What: Mercado de San Miguel is the only remaining iron market hall in Madrid. Wandering through this market you will find a beautiful selection of produce, as well as a variety of tapas bars with tasty treats to sip and nibble. While the prices in this market are higher than most of Madrid’s traditional food markets, we’ve heard that the festive atmosphere and delectable goods are well worth the extra cash.

via Flickr by Herry Lawford

Mercat Del Encants 

Where: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
What: This is one of the largest and most beloved flea markets in the city of Barcelona. Shoppers can find practically anything in this market if they look hard enough – this means anything from power tools to cosmetics! Be sure to arrive early if you’re looking for a bargain, and try to avoid this market on Saturdays if you’re just simply looking to browse (it’s too busy!).

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Plaza del Dos de Mayo Flea Market 

via Flickr by Juan Antonio F. Segal

Where: Plaza del Dos de Mayo, Madrid
When: Saturday
What:  This plaza actually packs in two markets for a truly remarkable shopping experience. On Saturdays only the Plaza del Dos de Mayo is home to the Collector’s and Bargain Market as well as the Dosde Market. If you’re looking for deals, steals, and rare gems (like records and books) you’ll want to check out the Collector’s and Bargain Market. On the other hand, Dosde Market is a local gathering of handmade clothing and goods by young designers.

Do you have a favourite Spanish market? Let us know about it in the comments below!