Santa Caterina Market
Barcelona has a wide variety of markets and supermarkets throughout it’s area; in addition to counting on fresh products of local and international origin. The Santa Caterina Market is one of these places that offers you a unique shopping experience, with a further great variety of decisions and options so that you get the best culinary experience at home.
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The market can be seen for instance from the Cathedral of Barcelona; drawing attention with a wavy and colorful roof. Certainly, the originality of the architecture of the building and the treasure that is inside will not disappoint those who decide to take a walk through the Santa Caterina neighborhood.
History and origins of the market
Opened in 1848, the Santa Caterina market was above all the first all-cover market in Barcelona. Moreover, It has recently receive a complete renovation with a modern look but in keeping with a traditional Catalan market. The design of this brightly coloured undulating roof was 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 vegetables sold inside, for instance.
The market between 1997 and 2004 underwent a comprehensive reform, projected by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. One of the major modifications that was affected by this reform was the new colored roof, inspired by Gaudí’s “trencadís”. In the same vein of the course of the works and constructions, various archaeological remains of the old convent got discover. Subsequently these remains can be seen in the basement of the market, as part of the Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA).
What to try in the Santa Caterina market
Santa Caterina market is 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. Above all, in this place you will find over 100 stalls dedicated to good food and fresh produce sell for instance fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, pastries, bread and pretty much everything you could possibly need all under one roof!
There is also one of the best restaurants in Barcelona; of course we are talking about Cuines Santa-Caterina. This beautiful place offers you four different types of cuisines: Asian, Mediterranean, Italian and vegetarian. Above all, It counts with very reasonably prices; but try to get there early; as it is extremely popular and subsequently soon gets a large crowd and filled up!
In the same vein, this place serves a seasonal kitchen in a spacious and bright industrial-style space within the Santa Caterina Market. In addition it offers the options to eat on the spot or take out!
- Address: Mercado de Santa Caterina, Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona
- Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 24:30
MUHBA Santa Caterina
Within the current Santa Caterina market we further find the well-cared facilities of Espacio Santa Caterina. Moreover, this refers to a small museum including an Archaeological Interpretation Center; and for instance summarizes some of the fundamental facts of the history of Barcelona from the Bronze Age to the last manifestations of contemporary architecture.
The development of this space is directed towards knowing the evolution of this sector of the city from prehistory to the present; highlighting especially the different stages of the old religious convent, its market stage and its recent reform. This reform has been recognized as one of the most successful examples of contemporary architecture in Barcelona. Subsequently, 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!
- Address: Carrer d’En Giralt el Pellicer, 25, 08003 Barcelona
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 15:30
- Price: Free
Get in contact
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 933 195 740
- Mondays to Thursdays from 07:30 to 15:30
- Fridays from 07:30 to 20:30
- Saturdays from 07:30 to 15:30
How to get there
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona
Metro: L4 (Jaume I)
Bus: 17, 19, 40, 45
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