Modern Tapas, yes! Shopping, no – Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona

Posted by on Mar 28, 2010

I’m sure you’ve heard of the incredible markets in Europe. You’ve heard about the eccentric fish mongers, the ceilings covered with cured meats and the fruit picked freshly from nearby farms. In reality,
while some markets are remarkable culinary gems, many are equally forgettable.

Take one of the most famous markets in the world, Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona for example. Like many of Barcelona’s renewed architecture, this market’s modern aesthetic is the epitome of beauty and function. From the tiled magic carpet that drapes as the roof, the raw wooden beams, to the tall windows that invite light into the airy space, the design alone puts a skip to any visitor’s step.

The rows upon rows of immaculately stacked produce and merchandise are certainly gorgeous but also scream “tourist trap”. When it comes to shopping, visitors best head to the smaller markets where the locals shop, the service is genuine and the prices are right. Nevertheless, this market is a must-visit so while you’re there, be sure to drop by its restaurant. Santa Caterina Cuines is a delightful spot to sip Cava, mix and mingle, and people-watch. Squish your bum into the buzzing bar and order from their modern tapas selection. The prices aren’t cheap but the superb quality and creative twists make every euro worthwhile.

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Santa Caterina Cuines

Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 20 РEl Born
Barcelona, Spain

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  • http://www.cocinasavant.blogspot.com Dawn@CocinaSavant

    Everything looks fantastic. Your pictures are amazing!

  • http://lifeslashjustine.blogspot.com justine

    Wow all your pictures look fabulous! My parents recently came back from Barcelona, but I have yet to see their pictures so this is a great preview. Maybe they even went here…. : )

    Justine

  • http://www.discoverlavender.com Kathy Gehrt

    Great photos. The food looks delicious.

    Thanks for posting them. I’ve traveled in Spain, but not to Barcelona. Your post makes me want to go there and EAT and visit markets.

  • http://spicygreenmango.blogspot.com Spicy Green Mango

    Wowie…such vibrant and lovely pictures! This place looks amazing (just like you described!). Great work!

  • http://www.youtube.com/linnlar Linn @ Swedish home cooking

    I know, the markets in Europe are great! I just moved back to France from San Francisco, originally I’m from Sweden. The food culture here is great, with a lot of open market shopping. San Francisco is a great food city too, though. I just started an online cooking show, Swedish Home Cooking, please check it out!

  • http://ijustlovemyapron.blogspot.com/ Tanantha

    Wow! I’ve noted this as a must-visit spot in Barcelona. I’m going in October!

  • http://www.TheLetMeEatCake.blogspot.com Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake)

    I can’t wait to visit Spain, I don’t know when that will be but still can’t wait! Your pictures look amazing, I wish I were there now.

  • http://www.myonlinemeals.com kathy

    Europe is really great to visit during tours. They have so many great tourists spots and also great food. :-)