4 cheap supermarkets in Barcelona
4 cheap supermarkets in Barcelona
We have shopped in each market so you don’t have to.
Searching for cheap food? Getting to know proper places to shop is usually hard, so if you want to find the cheapest supermarkets in Barcelona, just look at the list we made.
1. Mercadona ($)
Our winner in the Ronda Sant Pere.
Mercadona is an originally Spanish market and the right place to shop for almost everything. It is less international than Carrefour but its general offer is satisfying. There are many Mercadonas in the centre and what makes them special are not only the cheapest prices (according to the OCU) and good quality of products, but also their design. It contains a lot of facilities, starting with tables and ending at microwaves; if you feel like eating your meal directly in the shop, you have an access to these microwaves together with some cutlery.
There are lots of cheap veggies and fruits as well as a big variety of frozen foods. You can get yourself a takeaway salad together with warm croquetas as many times a week as you want.
Example of a full meal we bought: a bag of spinach, ready lasagna, some fresh vegetables, colorful pasta (which costed less than one euro), very tasty dumplings with eggplant, a bottle of fresh orange juice and cherries. For a grand total of €11.55.
Possible disadvantages: closed on Sundays. There are few shops in Les Corts and Gracia. Moreover, some Catalans don’t like it for political reasons as it is considered to be too supportive towards Spain.
2. Consum, which is almost like Mercadona ($)
There are many Consum supermarkets in Barcelona and its centre, including the one nearby Sant Antoni Market.
Consum and Mercadona win the ranking of the cheapest stores in Barcelona and are easy to find in the city centre. Consum has a wide range of products, going from canned food and meat to cosmetics.
A big choice of cheap alcohol is a plus.
The biggest shopping we have done so far: toilet paper rolls, conditioner, vegetables, natural yogurt, sugar-free jam (extremely hard to open), a box of cherries (slightly more expensive than in Mercadona), two cans of Barcelona’s traditional beer Moritz together with salsa romesco and salsa aioli (for our Spanish recipes). Grand total of €23.77.
General advantages: prices similar to Mercadona, easy to find in the centre, many different kinds of products and big variety.
Possible disadvantages: crowded in the afternoons, closed on Sundays.
3. LIDL ($)
This hidden gem is to be found, among others, just underneath Sant Antoni Market.
No matter the quality, Lidl is always among the cheapest markets in Spain. You can find it all around the city centre. It has a lot of cheap products for your homemade meals, even if preparing it with only Lidl products may require some creativity sometimes. However, there is plenty of just-microwave-it Italian food you could live on for months if you don’t wish to cook much.
Example of groceries for lunch and breakfast: chicken breasts (an amount that will woek for the next three days), two zucchinis, canned tomatoes, the cheapest yogurt found, two apples, fresh orange juice, and a small fig. All of which totaled up to €8. 42.
General advantages: cheap and big.
Possible disadvantages: Closed on Sundays and public holidays. It is also always crowded in the afternoons.
4. Carrefour Market ($/$$) better quality, not easy to find
This one is hiding just behind La Rambla.
Carrefour is a good shopping place for products you couldn’t find in Lidl as it definitely has got more interesting stuff on the shelves. For more original products, Carrefour is one of the cheapest supermarkets in Barcelona. Prices are okay but not the cheapest; they have many different kinds of veggies at affordable prices though.
There are many ‘’buy one, get another cheaper’’ promotions, which is always a good deal to buy your favorite products.
Another example of groceries made there (lunch and dinner this time): fresh artichokes for dinner, shitake mushrooms and coconut milk, simple spaghetti with cut ham and pesto, two nectarines. For €11.39.
General advantages: a lot of different products (including international ones) and promotions possible if you buy a lot of stuff. Better quality than Lidl and more choice. Long opening hours.
Disadvantages: very few stores. Not the cheapest. Closed on Sundays. The store in La Rambla is always crowded and it takes ages to pay and leave.
4. Caprabo ($$) is…. Just okay.
Caprabo is that “just okay” friend you sometimes come across in the city, it may not be your bestie but it is good to meet up on some occasions. Is not the most expensive, but not the cheapest either. It will have what you want, even though its offer of fresh vegetables is rather limited.
A soup vegetable set with a lonely onion, Spanish fideua and a big pack of chicken thigs, a local mozarella-like product called Burgo de Arias and a pack of green beans (which could have been cheaper). All within a price we already forgot, which means it was nothing special to remember.
General advantages: not very expensive, it will also have a ready set of vegetables for your salad. Easy to find in the centre.
Possible disadvantages: rather limited choice of products. Closed on Sundays.
If you want to go deeper into cheap supermarkets in Barcelona, you can visit the website of the OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users) and learn more.
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