Mercat Santa Caterina, Barcelona

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Go shopping at this vibrant food market. Mercat Santa Caterina has been in operation since 1848 and is still very popular today. You can immediately recognize the market by its iconic bright wavy roof. Mingle with locals doing their weekly shopping and pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, and meat. Some Spanish olive oil makes a great souvenir. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for a bite to eat at one of the tapas restaurants that open onto the market. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mercat Santa Caterina and many more Barcelona attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Barcelona trip itinerary builder .
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  • A market that is less crowded than the Boqueria. And also cleaner and to measure, for example, a family with children. Worth stopping for some shopping or a tapa.
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  • We were planning on having lunch here after seeing the museo Picasso. However the food was not appealing to the teenagers and there wasn't a lot of seating. We spent about 10 minutes. In one corner of...  more »
  • The market is certainly nice and wide, but, it's a market! Inside you will find who sells vegetables, who sells meat and who sells fish. Don't expect the fair!!
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  • Great market for nicer foods. You can find out the source of the produce or meat, even develop relationships with the stall owners of you become a regular. This one is climate controlled. All the old markets are slowly getting upgrades like this. They are pricier than supermarkets but have better quality products.
  • Nice market with roof. not enough options for picking an appetizer or small dish. but you can always go seat in a restaurant right next by.
  • This is the market you read about and imagine in your mind whenever somebody says 'traditional European marketplace'. A local told me it was 'just a tourist trap'. That's fine with me. More tourist traps with great food, clean countertops, and fresh produce, please.
  • Cool local market. It is very noticeable that it is all locals. We got very high quality Iberian ham, manchego cheese, olives, and bread. Be wary of the super buff meat counter guy as he yells at people window shopping and not buying anything. Fruit stand is also super neat. I had no idea so many different varieties of tomatoes existed.
  • Loved it. Awesome food. You can get anything you want from vegan to meat. Foodie's delight.

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