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"Els Encants" is an open-air market specialising in objects both of little value as well as collectors items and antiques. It is held in the Plaça de les Glories on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from sunrise to sunset. Near her, in dos de Maig street, there is an area given over to the buying and selling of new and second hand furniture. On Sundays mornings there is a stamp and coin market in the Plaça Reial. Also on Sunday mornings there is a little market selling books, video tapes, cassettes and other second hand objects located near the Sant Antoni market in the Ronda de Sant Antoni.

There are modern department stores in the Plaça de Catalunya, Portal de l´Angel and the new part of the Diagonal, while the most typical are found in Pelai street, the Ronda Universitat and the Rondes de Sant Antoni Sant Pau. This whole area, between Old and New Barcelona, is full of clothes shops, furniture shops and those specialising in household goods and textiles.

Barcelona has many food markets. Perhaps the most central and most popular are La Boqueria (La Rambla), Concepcio (Arago street), Ninot (Mallorca street) and Santa Caterina (Avinguda de la Catedral). All these markets sell fish, meat, eggs and vegetables.

Other typical aspects of Barcelona are "los colmados" (grocer's shops). These are usually found in El Ensanche and sell anything from wine, sausage-type meats, cheese, fruit, eggs, tinned foods, biscuits and the like. There are bakeries in every district, and in the area of Born there are a great many shops selling dried fruits and nuts, vegetables, cereals, salted cod, biscuits, "torrons" and cheese. Good herbalists can be found in the streets of Mercaders, Vidre, Xucla, Princesa, Travessera de Gracia and many more.

In the plaça Nova a "Gothic" market selling antiques is held every Thursday, and there are also good antique shops in El Call street and in the area around the Cathedral, a large part of El Ensanche and the new part of the city. Rosa boulevard (Rambla Catalunya) is yet another important area. For those who want to buy gifts and souvenirs, the main areas are La Rambla, Ferran and Princesa streets, and around the Cathedral. Pottery, glassware and imitation jewellery can be found near the food markets, in the "Poble Espanyol", in the Santa Maria district, around the Plaça de El Pi and the lower part of La Rambla and the area of the Sant Antoni Market. Other general shopping areas apart from Old Barcelona, are the Passeig de Gracia and El Ensanche, Aribau and Muntaner streets, the Diagonal and all the main thoroughfares in the city.

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