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El Mercat de Santa Caterina

Download date: 10/04/2024


The wavy, multicoloured Santa Caterina Market roof stands out in the heart of Ciutat Vella. It recreates the colours of the fresh fruit and vegetables on sale in the market.

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A vast sheet of colour

Without any doubt, the most characteristic feature of the striking Mercat de Santa Caterina is the ceramic mosaic that serves as a roof and pays tribute to the master, Antoni Gaudí. This mantle symbolically recalls the awnings covering the stalls in the olden days, fluttering in the wind.

Three of the facades of the old, white Neoclassical building have been preserved. Inside, the wooden ceilings give warmth to a space that needs, above all, to be functional and practical.

History of an iconic market

Santa Caterina began life as a covered municipal market in 1845, on land left by the old convent of the same name, which was burned down on St James Night in 1835 during the confiscation and sale of Church lands. The idea was to give the neighbourhood a market that would supply food to the people living on this side of Ciutat Vella. Decades later, during the years following the Civil War, when food was in short supply in many places, the market became a centre for supplying neighbouring cities, such as Sant Adrià, Santa Coloma and even Mataró, from where people came by train to buy groceries.

Today, Santa Caterina is known for the quality and variety of its produce. Generally, it attracts fewer visitors than the Boqueria, which makes it more tranquil.

It stands in the middle of Ciutat Vella, in the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera neighbourhood, one of the parts of the city with the most history.

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Location and contact

Location and contact

El Mercat de Santa Caterina

Av Francesc Cambó, 16
Ciutat Vella
Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Timetable and prices



Convertit en nova icona de la ciutat arran del projecte de remodelació d'Enric Miralles i Benedetta Tagliablue, el mercat de Santa Caterina va ser el primer cobert de la ciutat i porta el seu nom per l'antic convent dominicà que abans s'alçava al mateix lloc.

Serveis addicionals

·Aparcament gratuït amb tiquet de compra

·Compra on-line

·Servei a domicili


·Punt d'informació


·Espai polivalent

Altres: Autoservei Caprabo-Eroski

Restaurant Cuines de Santa Caterina

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