If you’ve left your present buying to the last minute then you’re in luck! As a small, independent company, we believe in shopping local and supporting the local economy, so give your Amazon account a break this year and check out some of these markets. There’s something to suit all budgets and tastes, from art and design markets to flea markets. Not only will you end up with unique gifts for your nearest and dearest, you’ll also be shopping sustainably (secondhand) or direct from the makers, so extra points for an ethical Christmas!
The perfect present-hunting ground for those on a budget, this market proves that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Expect a jumble of antiques and secondhand goods. If you enjoy digging, then this market is the one for you. It’s also perfectly acceptable to haggle at flea markets, so if you need to brush up on your haggling Spanish, check out this blogpost from our sister school!
16th of December, 11am to 5pm
Ronda Guinardó, 113
Mercat de Nadal
This market is run by Dinamo Studio, a art collective housed in an old factory. Their two day market will host a whole bunch of makers selling books, jewellery, art, ceramics, clothes and accessories, as well as food trucks and Christmas music. It’s a great choice to pick up a gift for anyone with a keen aesthetic for design.
15th and 16th of December, 11am to 8pm
Carrer de Consell de Cent, 159
El Gran Mercado de Gracia
Hosted by Susurro Barcelona, this market is a mix of artists and makers selling their own wares, and secondhand goods from clothes to accessories to homeware, so no matter what your budget is, there really is something for everyone! There will also be a food van selling French crepes and quiche, so this might be a good market to hit around lunchtime!
16th of December, 12pm to 10pm
This art and design market will be selling illustrations, collages, screen prints, ceramics, limited edition prints and a selection of textiles direct from the artists. This is a good option if you’re keen on shopping local and supporting local artists and makers.
14th of December, 7pm to 10pm, 15th of December, 12pm to 10pm, 16th of December 12pm to 3.30pm
Travessia de Sant Antoni, 27
Barcelona Vintage Market
This monthly market is a sure bet for picking up something cool and unique for the fashionista in your life – and at bargain prices too! It takes place in Nau Bostik, an old glue factory in La Sagrera. There’s even a bar – Christmas shopping is thirsty work, after all!
16th of December, 11am to 10pm
Carrer de Ferran Turné, 11
Give Me 5
The clue’s in the name with this market – everything priced at 5€ or below! It’s another good market for those with the patience to dig for finds. It’s best to head along early to get your pick of the stalls, but there are food trucks and a bar for sustenance!
16th of December, 11am to 5pm
Carrer del Comerç, 36
Fira de Santa Llucia
And if you’d like to pick up some Catalan stocking fillers for family and friends, head to the market that’s on every day in front of the cathedral. The market has been on every year since 1786 and sells nativity scenes and figurines, Christmas decorations, Tios de Nadal, caganers and lots of other festive bits and pieces to get you in a Christmassy mood!
Every day until Christmas Eve, 11am to 8.30pm
Placa de la Catedral