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.
The name gives the game away – Viblioteca is a wine bar. But it is so much more than that. In a space not much bigger a double garage, Viblioteca seats about 30, and somehow from behind the bar the small team conjures up incredible sharing plates.
There’s no stove in the ‘kitchen’, so no grilled or fried dishes, but it doesn’t matter – smoked sardines on toast with idizibal cheese, tuna tataki and avocado salad, a brilliant deconstructed caprese salad, confit potato with jamon and a poached egg are just some of the many highlights here.
The owner is an oenophile and will help you choose wines by the glass or bottle – she has loads that aren’t on the list. The prices are reasonable and there are around 50 different cheeses to choose from to finish. Absolute gold. Bookings essential.
More a bar than bistro really, though there are some actual meals to be had along with an interesting selection of bar snacks, leaning towards more traditional French fare. The home-made hipster furniture is taken a bit too far, so you’re likely to find one half of your table reclined in a discarded sofa, while the others are on straight-backed dining chairs. Just about gets away with it though, as the staff really know their stuff, and the food and beverage offering is actually quite good.
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