The Encants market in Barcelona offers different commercial options consisting of 78 shops, 156 stalls and 39 auction areas where new and second hand products are sold, as well as antiques, collectables and unique items. The market is open to customers from 9 to 20 hrs, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
You will find all sort of things at the market: ladies' and men’s fashion, homewares, kitchenware and hardware, mattresses, dressmaking textiles, haberdashery, patchwork and drawing supplies, vinyl records and CDs, musical instruments, lighting, shoes, motorcycle and bicycle equipment, furniture, and pet care products among many other things. As has been traditional at the market, you will also find businesses specialising in antiques and desirable items for collectors. Please check the market’s website for a full listing of business and products available.
This shopping experience is complimented by a wide range of dining outlets to cater for all sorts of culinary taste. These 9 outlets are located around the different floor levels of the market enclosure, which itself has become one of the city’s most striking architectural symbols. Six of these food outlets are to be found on the market’s top floor in the area known as Street Food, and you will find cuisine from Mediterranean to Oriental, as well as Italian and seafood classics. Tables and benches are provided for the customer to have a quick bite while enjoying amazing views of the city’s landscape.
On the middle floor, you will find a traditional market bar with a lookout point as well, where snacks and lunch are served. And finally, on the ground floor, to complete the dinning offer, there is a restaurant and a bar. The restaurant offers à la carte and menu options; its business hours are independent of the market’s opening hours.
For those driving, the market is provided with an underground parking area with entrance by Castillejos Street. This parking facility is managed by an independent company, Aparcaments Costa Brava, outside of the market´s management. It offers 270 parking spaces for customers and market staff itself.
Public Transport: How to Get There
The Encants market is well connected, and you can access the premises either by metro, bus or tram. By metro, take Line 1 and exit at Glorias station. This exit is near to the market’s main entrance, in Avinguda Meridiana. You can take the metro Line 2 as well, and stop at Monumental or Encants station.
You can access the market by bus with the following lines: H12, V21,7, 92 and 192. They all stop either at the market itself, or within walking distance.
And finally, tram lines T4, T5 and T6 stop at Glorias station.
Lifts, Ease of Access, Services, ATMs and Security System
The market has an information point where the customer can get a brochure of the Encants Market, with all the retail outlets organised by product category. The brochure also includes a street map of the premises and services provided.
The Encants is an outdoor market protected by a spectacular mirror roof design which has awarded the market with a unique personality.
The market enclosure is divided by different levels and streets where shops are located. Each street is assigned with a letter and a colour which you can check through all the signposts around the area. Near the information point, there is a 3D model of the market. It is designed to help the visually impaired to familiarise and access the market with ease.
The premises are provided with two toilet facilities. One is on the ground floor, near the auction area, and another is located near the Street Food area.
For those who buy electrical equipment and wish to check it, the market provides an electrical check point, located at Access 2, on Castillejos Street.
There is an ATM managed by La Caixa Bank at Access 6, on Castillejos Street.
Elevators and freight lifts are distributed throughout the market, and they all access ground, mid and top floors. There is an escalator that connects the mid floor with the top floor as well. A total of 3 elevators are available to the customer.
On the ground floor there is an area assigned to waste disposal and a recycle collection point used by the market staff.
All areas are monitored by video surveillance cameras and the market is equipped with a 24 hr automated security system.
On the ground floor the Encants is also provided with a conference room where activities, workshops and ehibitions take place regularly.