The area around the Plaça de les Glòries is packed with surprises and attractions. In addition to the imposing presence of the Glòries Tower and world-class cultural facilities such as the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, the concert hall, L'Auditori, and the design museum, the Museu DHUB, you can now enjoy the new market "Encants Barcelona", a mini retail world that is well worth discovering.
The city's old flea market, known as the "Encants vells" or Fira de Bellcaire, moved to the other side of the Plaça de les Glòries in September 2013. It now stands on a triangular site between Carrer Castillejos and Avinguda Meridiana. It is housed under a giant aluminium and zinc pergola with a mirrored ceiling that provides shelter for the hundreds of stalls and reflects the kaleidoscope of goods for sale and curious shoppers below.
The new ultramodern, open-sided structure is set out on different levels and embodies the authentic spirit of a second-hand, open-air market. The vendors' cries, the art of haggling and the stalls piled high with the most unexpected objects leave no room for nostalgia.
For collectors and bargain-hunters looking for the best price, the "Encants" offer a whole host of good buys. Antique furniture and tools, old books and records, second-hand clothing and accessories in the purest vintage style, intermingle with all kinds of goods, from antiques to the latest in lighting, taps and electrical gadgets. The bars and restaurants around the market are the perfect complement to the bustling atmosphere and give you a glimpse of the real Barcelona which knows how to blend tradition and modernity.
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