Barcelona is the home for a lot of creative collectives, designers, and emerging artist so if you are interested in shopping items made in BCN the small alternative markets are the venues where you can find their products.One of the ways to be a sustainable and responsible traveler is to buy local, that not only helps the local producer and the economy it also gives you the opportunity to buy something unique and original. So skip the big shops and international brands that you could find nowadays anywhere and try some new way of shopping with street food and music.
The open-air market La Pionera is an initiative that tries to give visibility to economic and social projects that are developed in the city, offering work opportunities to creative and artistic collectives that have difficulty accessing the job market. It brings together startups and projects that are committed to the society and respectful to the environment.
It takes place every Saturday and Sunday in Poble Nou district and offers the opportunity to find original local items. It offers not only clothes, crafts and food but also workshops and live representations.
Is situated near to the sea so if you are taking a stroll by the beach it will be a shame to miss it and take home a great item, knowing that buying it you also helped a local small business to grow.
Where: Passeig Calvell, Poblenou, 08005 Barcelona
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm (from April to November)
Estació Disseny Barcelona and We love T-shirts
Two Markets, an initiative of a local collective that promotes sustainability and usually organizes flea and vintage markets in Barcelona, it comes with two great new proposals in May: Estació Disseny Barcelona and We love T-shirts
Estació Disseny Barcelona is a small market venue that gives the opportunity to the emerging brands from Barcelona to present their summer proposals. It takes place at the train station Estacio de Francia and you can find there local designers products and stands with second hand and vintage clothes and interior design items. When you finished shopping you could try the mechanical games for the whole family or relax in the Outdoor area with Food trucks and tasting products.
When: 19th and 20th of May, from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Where: Estació de França Adress: Avda. Marqués de l’argentera s/n, Barcelona
We love T-shirts is the first specialized fair in t-shirts of Barcelona where you can you can enjoy workshops, shops, exhibitions, and music!
Where: CREC, C/Blesa 27, Poble Sec, Barcelona
When: May 27 from 11 am to 8 pm
Admission: 2 €
Palo Alto Market
Palo Alto Market is definitely the most known creative alternative street market venue in Barcelona
It takes place every first weekend of the month in Poble Nou district and gathers annually over 150 expositors: local designers products, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary art.
The place itself is amazing, a XIXth century abandoned factory, rehabilitated a few years ago that now became a small oasis and home for many artist that have their studios there.
Every once a month the place is crowding locals, not only fashionist millennials and tourists but also all those passionate about art, design and live music. The prices may seem a little bit hight but remember that you are offered something original and of good quality made with hard work.
Food trucks and beer are not missing also a good ambient so if you’re in the city on one of the weekends when is organized it will be to bad to miss it!
Where: C/Pellaires, 30, Poble Nou, Barcelona
When: First weekend of the month
Admission: 4€ (3€ online)