Barcelona Markets and Bazaars

Barcelona Markets and Bazaars
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What to do in Barcelona? Why not see outstanding architecture, take in some incomparable Spanish culture, look through artisan wares, and eat fresh, delicious foods? And why not do all of this at the same time? Going to the many markets and bazaars that Barcelona has to offer allows you to explore the best that this city has to offer. From local crafts to fresh wild mushrooms, you can find it all – and then some!

At Mercat de Sant Josep, you step into a kaleidoscope of color: vibrant fruits and vegetables, candied fruits, nuts, meats, cheeses, and more line the walls of Barcelona's best food market. Beside shopping, you can also dine. At Pinotxo, for instance, you will enjoy food that is "fresh, fast, hot, spicy, and garlicky" and Llorenc Petras's fruits del bosc , or fruits of the forest, offers the best wild mushrooms, nuts, berries, and herbs . Some people say that Mercat de Sant Josep is "typical." This does not have to be a bad thing! It is typical – of life, of culture, and of food in Barcelona.

Mercat de Ninot is a bit less traveled; it is here that many residents do their daily shopping, and for good reason. The fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses are all very fresh. As at the Mercat de Sant Josep, you can enjoy lunch as you wander the market. Stop for some tapas and continue on your way.

Another must for shoppers is the Mercat del Encantes, which is, as one reviewer described it, "bizarre"! Here, you have an eclectic mix of wares, often in the strangest juxtapositions. Power tools next to cosmetics, videos next to antiques. This is the place to bargain, pick up interesting souvenirs and oddities. Go early in the morning (many stalls close by midday) and be prepared to shift through odds and ends to find gems.

If you are visiting Barcelona in December, do not miss Fira de Santa Llucia, the Christmas fair. It has an incredible Catalan flavor and has been a tradition since the 18th Century. Beside the festive mood, you can pick up some unique gifts. Look for cagnares . These little figurines are often used by Catalans in their nativity scenes. If you do not know what cagnares are, find out! They make quite an interesting addition to a traditional nativity scene.

You can find virtually anything in Barcelona's markets and bazaars, but the most important is a sense of the Catalan culture and the proud Barcelona people.



Source by Enid Glasgow

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