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Mercat de Santa Caterina

Fruits under a fruity roof

Mercat de Santa Caterina

This big bustling market sells all the fruits, vegetables, seafood and Jabugo ham you need if you're self-catering in the Born. The building (1847) occupies the spot where the magnificent Gothic convent of Santa Caterina fell victim in 1835 to one of the city's first church-burning orgies. In 2005, the market re-opened, completely renovated according to plans by the late Enric Miralles (architect of the Scottish Parliament) and Benedetta Tagliabue—although the building's best feature, the huge waving roof covered with multi-coloured ceramic tiles is only visible to the passing pigeons, and the folks dwelling on the upper floors of the surrounding buildings.

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Av Francesc Cambó 16

Hours Mon-Wed, Sat 7.30am-3.30pm. Thurs-Fri 7.30am-8.30pm

Metro: Jaume I or Urquinaona

Website

+34 933 19 57 40

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Mercat Santa Caterina, Masashige MOTOE