Mercat de Sant Antoni

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Mercat de Sant Antoni

A mammoth hangar at the junction of Ronda de Sant Antoni and Comte d'Urgell, designed in 1882 by Antoni Rovira i Trias, the Mercat de Sant Antoni is considered the city's finest example of wrought iron architecture. The Greek cross–shape market covers an entire block on the edge of the Eixample, and some of the best Moderniste stall facades in Barcelona distinguish this exceptional space. Still undergoing a vast restoration, this fascinating and multifaceted market was scheduled to reopen, in all its former glory, in 2013, but the date was pushed forward to 2016—mainly to allow for changes in the design to incorporate archaeological remains of medieval Barcelona that were discovered underneath. Meanwhile, it's business as usual: a foodie paradise of fruit and vegetables, fish and cheeses and charcuterie, everything from soup to nuts for the barcelonin table, Monday through Saturday, in stall after stall. Not in the market for all that? Then come to the Sant Antoni on Sunday morning, and wander the outdoor stalls of the weekly flea market: a mecca for collectors of everything from stamps and coins, comic books and trading cards to knicknacks, old videos and CDs and vinyl, and vintage clothing.

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