Opened in 1848, the Santa Caterina market was the first covered market in Barcelona. It has recently been completely renovated with a modern look but in keeping with a traditional Catalan market. The brightly coloured undulating roof was designed by architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. This extraordinary new roof consists of 325,000 ceramic pieces of over 60 colours representing the colours of the fruit and veg sold inside.
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Santa Caterina market is located in La Ribera district near to the Picasso museum in El Born. There are tapas bars and a restaurant at the entrance and even a supermarket towards the back. Over 100 stalls dedicated to good food and fresh produce sell fruit, veg, meat, fish, pastries, bread, pretty much everything you could possibly need all under one roof.
There is also one of the best restaurants in Barcelona, Cuines Santa-Caterina, which offers 4 different types of cuisines: Asian, Mediterranean, Italian and vegetarian. It is very reasonably priced but try to get there early as it is extremely popular and soon gets filled up. There is also a small museum showing the history of the market and the archeological remains which were uncovered during the renovation of the market.
The building alone is worth a visit but make sure you have a look inside to get a true feel for the Santa Caterina market.
Mondays 7.30am – 2pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 7.30am – 3.30pm
Thursday and Friday 7.30am – 8.30pm
How to get there:
Metro: L4 (Jaume I)
Bus: 17, 19, 40, 45