One of my favorite passions from back in the states was restoring and painting vintage or second hand furniture. I loved this hobby so much, I ended up turning it in a little side business for myself.
It was one of the things that was hardest for me to walk away from once we decided to move to Barcelona.
People ask me constantly why I don’t continue the art here. Honestly, the furniture market and logistics in Spain are very different from back home.
However, my love for scoping out the best vintage furniture is still strong. So, you can imagine how awful it made me feel to step into Barcelona’s giant IKEA with its endless rows of plastic tables and chairs.
I felt determined to find the best vintage furniture spots in this city with century-old pieces in need of a new life. And it took me about a year, along with lots of research, to find some truly unique places.
So if you live in Barcelona or are planning to visit and just LOVE the thrill of searching for vintage pieces that have a story to tell, look no further!
Oh, and you’re welcome…!
9 Vintage Furniture Sports in Barcelona
(Avinguda de Rius i Taulet, 120 in Sant Cugat del Vallès)
A true outdoor market experience of vendors each selling their own restored or vintage merchandise,
You won’t find major discounts on furniture or decor here, especially the vendors staged at the front entrance of the market. But the further you walk towards the back warehouses, that’s when the fun really begins. I landed a set of five beautiful wooden vintage frames for 70 euro total – this was a steal! Sometimes when we visit, we walk away with nothing (as I usually hate over-paying for ANYthing let alone second hand pieces). And other days, we find treasures.
Mercantic can be a fun outing even if you’re not in the market for anything specific. On weekends, festive food trucks and live music draw in the crowd. It’s a lively and fun environment to enjoy!
Warehouse with No Name
(Carrer del Dos De Maig)
Literally, this place has NO NAME. No website and no social media page. I’m just happy it has a physical address, it’s so off the beaten path in Barcelona!
What it does have is a plain sign out front with the words “Muebles Antiguos” (antique furniture). And for those of you that know about my obsession with vintage furniture, that’s enough for me to march right up and have a peek inside.
And what you’ll find is a design lover’s paradise. Literally floor to ceiling stacked on top of one another, endless piles of furniture. Desks, dressers, chairs, console tables – you name it!
Be forewarned, many of the pieces show their age and this warehouse is NO showroom. More like a furniture graveyard!
But if you’re someone who has vision and can see a dusty old breakfront cabinet for what it CAN be (instead of the state in which it currently is), you’ll adore visits to this no name place. Some of my favorite pieces in our apartment came from this rundown dusty no name warehouse – so don’t judge a book by its cover!
The owner speaks English well, can offer a delivery service for a small fee and on a good day, will slightly negotiate.
(Carrer del Consell de Cent, 547)
A good friend of mine told me about this place and only recently did I find the time to scope it out. First thing I’ll say is what this place lacks in exterior ambiance it makes up for inside.
What a circus! Picture 4,000 square meters of everything from Hollywood cinema rental equipment to urban and office furniture. This isn’t the kind of place you visit without a clear idea of what you want. Otherwise, you’re bound to spend hours wandering up and down aisles of bald mannequins or lost in a forest of faux animal hedges.
Talk about a wacky but exciting place to visit. If nothing else, it’ll get your creative juices flowing. And hey, if you happen to find a furniture treasure here at Muebles Ram, you’ll have a fun story to coincide with where it came from.
(Avinguda Meridiana, 69)
Situated right next to Barcelona’s landmark skyscraper Agbar Tower, this outdoor market is massive and…unique at best! One never knows what they may find during a visit to Encants.
More than just pre-owned furniture and decor, vendors can be found selling everything from books and socks to gardening tools, toys and jewelry. HERE is where you’ll want to do some major negotiating.
Whenever I go in search of furniture, I always try to find at least two items from the same vendor. I do this for two reasons. First, to ensure a discount of some sort and second, to arrange a delivery service more easily.
A word to the wise, inspect any purchases thoroughly. Sure they will have general wear and tear (this isn’t a department store after all!). But don’t be caught missing a drawer handle once your dresser arrives in your living room.
(Carrer dels Banys Nous, 10)
This place is an absolute must visit even if you aren’t in the market for a second-hand piece of furniture. Hell, even if you don’t LIVE in Barcelona it is still worth a pop in as you stroll down the winding alleyways of Gothic Quarter.
Stepping inside this cozy boutique will immediately transform you to another time in the same way that only the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona knows how! Original detail brick walls and ceiling mouldings make this shop the perfect setting for finding antique treasures!
(Carrer de Pamplona, 60)
The vibe inside this Art Deco and Mid-Century modern warehouse in Poblenou is hip and funky. With a labyrinth of second-hand and vintage merchandise, your eyes aren’t sure where to look first.
So take your time and pay attention to the details. You may just stumble upon one of Brutus de Gaper’s rare antique lamps or vintage arm chairs.
(Carrer de Seneca, 16)
Before I even stepped foot into this shop, I knew I would love it simply from its website. Special antique pieces combined with modern touches of turquoise and gold seemed to whisper my name as soon as I stepped inside.
Antique Boutique is located around the corner off the famous Passeig de Gràcia. I simply LOVE coming here, even if not to actually buy. It’s one of those stores you enjoy going to…just because of how it makes you feel.
Gorgeous vintage frames, antique dining sets and some of the most unique lamps I’ve ever seen can all be found here. Arrive with ambition and leave with satisfaction!
Noak’s Room Swedish Scandinavian Vintage
(Carrer de Roc Boronat, 69)
Scandinavian design is characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality and emerged in the 20th Century throughout the five Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland.
If you love this style of furniture and interior design, you’ll be a loyal customer of what Noak’s Room has. I have yet to make a purchase here, as my personal interior style tends to lean a bit more towards the rustic classic.
But still, I visit often knowing that Scandinavian furniture is some of the best made in the world! I’m hopeful that one day, a beautiful piece will beckon me in and beg to come home with me.
(Carrer de Rosello, 259)
Although you won’t find many bargains at this spot, as none of the merchandise is second-hand, this is a fabulous store to visit and get ideas!
I like to consider myself a smart shopper who watches her wallet. So could never bring myself to spend 300 euros for a lamp (even though I do have a fetish for lamps!)
But what I always find when I visit Little House Cottage are tons of gorgeous pieces that I can find replicas of elsewhere. I know it seems like cheating on the high-end pricey stores that I soooo love to frequent – but you would be amazed at how easy it can be to find knock-offs!
It’s been quite the adventure discovering these hidden gems. But I guess that’s what makes them so special.
No bright neon sign outdoor. No glossy magazine advertisement. Just beautiful pieces dating back to another time waiting patiently for the chance at a second life.
Enjoy hunting, shopping and most importantly, buying!!