People visit the local market hall Mercat de Sant Antoni in Barcelona, Spain. @Tupungato/iStock


Mercat de Sant Antoni


Just beyond the western edge of El Raval, this glorious iron-and-brick market was originally completed in 1882, but reopened in 2018 with 250 stalls following a nine-year renovation job. It's a great place to stock up on seasonal produce or grab a bite in between browsing the fashion, textiles and homewares stalls. Also on display are the remains of a piece of the Roman Via Augusta and a 1st-century-CE mausoleum, as well as a ruined 17th-century defensive wall, all uncovered during restoration works.

A secondhand-book market takes place out front on Sunday mornings.

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