Throughout its multilayered history, Spain managed to accumulate countless antiquities and curious, rare objects that now can be found in a multitude of antique shops across the country. For this reason, at the Spanish antique stores it is sometimes possible to find objects with a history tracing back to the epoch of Arabic dominance on the Iberian Peninsula. Moreover, the amalgam of objects from varying cultural origins—African, Muslim, Jewish, and, of course, Spanish — adds a special brightness and unique diversity to the local flea markets and antique stores.
Antique shops in Barcelona, Spain attract not only art connoisseurs and experts, but also tourists who find it really exciting to stroll for hours among the mounds of treasures and display cases in search of some special detail for their homes or for a gift. In these shops, it is possible to find absolutely anything, including watches, jewelry, dishes, vinyl discs, retro-style garments, paintings, ancient figurines, and many other beautiful, antique objects. There are plenty of flea markets and antique shops in every Spanish city, even in the smallest villages. While some of these markets have since acquired popularity the world over and have become large companies, others are privately owned and still resemble the tiny, family-run boutiques of the past. Visitors also can buy antiques at the flea markets in Spain. However, keep in mind that the flea markets do not have established working schedules and operate according to a trade model, organizing trading days several times per year.
Antique stores in Spain are often businesses with very narrow specializations. For instance, at “Garage BCN” market, you can find antique automobile accessories and details, while some small boutiques next to the Rambla on Tallers street offer rare vinyl discs and recordings.
Antique stores in Barcelona
Els Encants Vells Market
At Els Encant Vells market
Els Encant Vells - flea market in Barcelona
Els Encants Vells Market is known as the largest and most famous flea market among local residents and tourists alike. Founded in the 14th century, this market enjoyed extreme popularity from the very first day of its opening. It bears the name of the area Encants, where it was first located. The market’s full name can be translated as “ancient amulets” or “enchantment of antiquity.” It is almost impossible to stop here for “just five minutes” or just to take a look, as dozens of display cases filled with original and unique treasures are simply begging to be sold. The current building structure for the market has been under construction for several years, with total investments reaching 55 million euros. The multi-level construction of the building and its smart design provide easy access to the building from all sides. This market is one of the antique stores of Barcelona that enjoys immense popularity among locals as well as tourists. Here, you can be sure to find antique clothing, furniture, ancient vases, kitchen utensils, vinyl disks, cassettes, jewelry, and rare historical toys, just to name a few of the possibilities. The first floor of the market resembles countless trading “heaps,” with items displayed directly on the floor. On the second floor, antiquities are placed on benches and in display cases. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the market holds open auctions. Els Encants Vells Market is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 am until 20:00.
- Address: Carrer de los Castillejos, 158, 08013
- Phone number: +34 932 46 30 30
Small, privately-owned antique shops in Barcelona are the most ubiquitous representatives of the antique trade sector in Spain. However, over the past thirty years, Subarna company, founded in 1982, has become a network of antique shops all over Spain. The company bills itself as an auction house, yet it is possible to purchase the artwork displayed in the shops in the usual way as well. Subarna’s commercial philosophy has a unique feature: all the items displayed for sale are listed in special catalogues that can be found on the company’s website and in Subarna’s offices. These catalogues contain a detailed description of each object, including its history and a suggested price. Every item in the catalogue has been assessed by professional antiquaries. Every year, Subarna holds 7-8 open auctions, with over 800,000 lots on display. In order to take a closer look at the items of this antique shop in Barcelona, Spain, you are more than welcome to visit its office located on Consell de Cent street, where you also will be informed about the up-coming auctions and full assortment base of Subarna.
- Address: Consell de Cent, 295, 08007 Barcelona
- Phone number: +34 93 215 65 18
- Website: www.subarna.net
Bulevard dels Antiquaris
Bulevard dels Antiquaris in Barcelona
Inside Bulevard dels Antiquaris
Bulevard dels Antiquaris is a top-quality antique shop in Barcelona. It has gained extreme popularity due to its special structure: there are over 70 small antique shops on its grounds arranged in the format of a supermarket. Bulevard dels Antiquaris lies on one of the main boulevards of Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia, next to numerous other boutiques. Here, you can buy ethnic artworks from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition, some shops feature a considerable collection of ancient icons and jewelry bearing the history of previous centuries. Ancient furniture and porcelain dolls from different countries are worth special attention as well. It is a priority for the company that all goods displayed in this “supermarket of antiques” are not only properly assessed and certified by specialists, but also that their histories are available for customers to learn about before making the purchase. As a rule, Bulevard dels Antiquaris is a favorite place of art connoisseurs and experts in the antiques field.
- Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 55, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone number: +34 932 15 44 99
“INEEDSpain” will be glad to assist you in organizing shopping tours all over Barcelona as well as other cities in Spain. We are prepared to provide you with a consultation on any issue related to antiques and antique exports. Our specialists will help you spend your holidays in the most enjoyable way possible for you and provide answers to all of your questions.