May 02

Discovering Local Life at the Sant Antoni Book Market, Barcelona

by in europe, spain, travel

For me, getting to know a destination is more about observing the locals and discovering local life than always visiting the usual sites and attractions of a city.  I was happy to come across the Sant Antoni Market in Barcelona which is a daily food market, similar to La Boqueria except larger and without all the tourists. To my dismay, the food market was closed for renovations during my March visit but renovations and rainy weather didn’t stop the locals from coming out to the Sunday book & collectibles fair.

Mercat de Sant Antoni is a popular meeting place for families to peruse and for youngsters to trade and buy new cards and stickers of their favourite sports players, cartoon characters and comic strips.  The Sunday market is loud, full of chatter and local life and is a fascinating place to uncover some gems including old postcards, coins, comics, volumes of Catalan recipes, art and history.

The Sant Antoni Market (Mercat de Sant Antoni) can be found at Ronda Sant Pau & Carrer Comte d’Urgell in Barcelona. Take metro purple line or L2 to metro Sant Antoni. The market is held Sundays between 08:00 – 15:00.

Sant Antoni Book Market Barcelona

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Sant Antoni Book Market

Sant Antoni Book Market

Sant Antoni Book Market

Sant Antoni Book Market

Sant Antoni Book Market

Sant Antoni Book Market

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2 Responses to “Discovering Local Life at the Sant Antoni Book Market, Barcelona”

  1. From Kerryn:

    Books, travel and people watching. Sounds like my ideal day. Love the photos!

    Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:29 am #
    • From jeanette:

      Thanks Kerryn, it’s definitely my kind of travel! And taking photos of course! Glad you enjoyed the post!

      Posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:08 am #

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