Santa Caterina is Barcelona’s earliest covered market, which saw an upgrade from the late 1990s with an iconic new roof. Stallholders offer the wide range of produce you expect from local markets, while a couple of bars and Cuines Santa Caterina offer tapas and bigger plates. The old town location makes it an easy attraction for visitors.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
After a multi-year restoration the Mercat de Sant Antoni reopened in early 2018. The focus was on serving the community, so there aren’t the vendors selling tubs of pre-prepared food you expect at, say, La Boqueria. Sadly, there are only a couple of dining establishments at all, which seems a missed opportunity.
Sant Antoni Market (produce): Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 8:00pm. “Charms” Market (mostly clothes): Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:00am to 8:30pm.
Don’t come here looking for fresh produce! Where most Barcelona residents enjoy the benefits of a neighbourhood market, Mercat del Born is now an archaeological site.
The discovery of ruins of the 1700s town were uncovered during a renovation of the fabulous cast iron structure from the late 1800s. The structure, designed by Antoni Rovira I Trias, is now used as the El Born Cultural and Memorial Centre with the ruins on display.
It’s free to enter and actually quite interesting – there’s even a decent bookstore and a café – or you could opt for the daily guided tour that takes you down into the old streets.
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