One of my top 3 favorite flea markets in the world (the others are in Brussels and Berlin), the bustling Mercat del Encants is always worth the trip! The bustling aisles of bric-a-brac and outright junk are endlessly intriguing, with an eclectic mix of people looking for their own particular treasure.
You can find almost anything at Barcelona Encants Fleamarket, from clocks to vintage clothes, antique furniture to a model combi van, a gramophone to an upright piano. Go early and be prepared to fossick through the piles of clothes heaped up on the ground to discover designer fashion buried in amongst the acres of polyster, or just indulge in the incredibly wide range of videos, cosmetics and other junk to be collected. Turn right when you head in down the main stairs and start your exploration with a coffee and bocadillo (filled baguette) standing up at the bar of Almera.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7am to mid afternoon, you get there via the L1 Metro to Glories. Look for the giant gherkin building as a landmark, and simply follow the trail of people walking back to the station carrying bags of goodies. Make sure you check out the furniture in the hall to the right of the market, where the antique auctions for serious shoppers take place at 7am and midday when the remaining items from the morning are sold off at outrageous prices. Just remember you’ll have to pack it up and send it home or take it with you on the plane!