Mercat dels Encants is one of the oldest markets in Europe. Certain references set its origin in the fourteenth century, being a testimony of the commercial dynamic of Barcelona.
When you start walking around this flea market you cross among the nice dusty smell of old books, sizzling sounds of old vinyl, old clothes, shoes, toys and furniture with lots of stories behind them – and this famous old salesman standing there for years with his own stories.
Encants, meaning charm in Catalan, fulfills its name by its unique charm. This flea market carried me away at first sight and has become the source of my biggest inspiration for my style. I find old account books from the 70s in this mystical market to create my sketchbooks. The texture, the few written pages and the feeling of completing something defines my affiliation.
I’m sure this market will take you away and back in time, and during this journey you will witness how the past becomes an inspiration for your everyday life. And it is always a big surprise with what you will return home in your shopping bag (just as I have once bought these night goggles to sketch in the dark).
So, be quick for this journey as they will renovate the market soon and it will probably lose its “encant.”