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.
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, to give La Boqueria its proper name, is one of Barcelona’s busiest attractions. If you love food, you’ll see why – not only are the raw ingredients available, but there are also numerous stalls selling cooked (and pre-prepared) food. There are actually 11 bars in the market – along with dozens of others around the periphery.
The Boqueria is a working market, however, so please behave accordingly: ask before taking photos, and give people enough space to get their shopping done. And for goodness sake, don’t drag your suitcases around – yes, I have seen it. If you are buying supplies, La Boqueria is surprisingly good value. Just go early, before the crowds. Closed Sundays.
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