Mercat Santa Caterina
Mercat Santa Caterina
4.5
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 4 min walk
  • Urquinaona • 6 min walk
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  • Patrik L
    Uppsala County, Sweden261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice Mercat with genuine local vibes.
    Without mentioning any of the other market places I visited by name, this was the most genuine of the food markets I visited i Barcelona. I came back the last day of my visit to buy some jamon snd queso just because of that. Besides seeming more genuine the prices were a lot more reasonable than at some of the other places...
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 October 2023
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quieter Market
    For those seeking a local, more spacious and less touristy market then this could be one for your visit. We came on a weekday around noon and it was very quiet inside. Individual counters were selling fresh seafood, meats, and fruits and vegetables. There was a coffee and pastry shop in the front and a place in the back selling local dishes by the kilogram. We ended up picking up some iberico jamon and salchichon sausage that we snacked on along with a fresh baguette and fruit we also purchased. Another reason to check out the market is the unique wavy roof above. Colorful tiles on the outside and wooden inside added to the distinctiveness.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom3,054 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where the locals shop.
    This one is only a 12 minute walk from the more famous Mercat de La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, yet it is a world away in terms of experience. Much smaller, but a much more spacious set up internally with all the same type of food stalls you can see in the more famous one, it is considerably less busy and lower cost. It also has the associated cafes and bars around its periphery but because of the extra space to the back of the market the bars and restaurants here have outside sections on the pavement also. The funky modern roof design gives the market character and this spacious, modern market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name and there is an exhibit showing some historic ruins of the convent and information boards providing the background and history of the site at the main southern entrance to the market.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This one is only a 12 minute walk from the more famous Mercat de La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, yet it is a world away in terms of experience.
Much smaller, but a much more spacious set up internally with all the same type of food stalls you can see in the more famous one, it is considerably less busy and lower cost. It also has the associated cafes and bars around its periphery but because of the extra space to the back of the market the bars and restaurants here have outside sections on the pavement also.
The funky modern roof design gives the market character and this spacious, modern market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name and there is an exhibit showing some historic ruins of the convent and information boards providing the background and history of the site at the main southern entrance to the market.
Written 3 June 2024
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stephrab
New York City, NY891 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This market is a wonderful way to see the true Barcelona, where locals come to shop. It is a wonderful small market, full of fish and meat vendors. If you have the time worth the visit.
Written 28 January 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
For those seeking a local, more spacious and less touristy market then this could be one for your visit.

We came on a weekday around noon and it was very quiet inside. Individual counters were selling fresh seafood, meats, and fruits and vegetables. There was a coffee and pastry shop in the front and a place in the back selling local dishes by the kilogram.

We ended up picking up some iberico jamon and salchichon sausage that we snacked on along with a fresh baguette and fruit we also purchased.

Another reason to check out the market is the unique wavy roof above. Colorful tiles on the outside and wooden inside added to the distinctiveness.
Written 23 January 2024
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Patrik L
Uppsala County, Sweden261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Without mentioning any of the other market places I visited by name, this was the most genuine of the food markets I visited i Barcelona. I came back the last day of my visit to buy some jamon snd queso just because of that. Besides seeming more genuine the prices were a lot more reasonable than at some of the other places...
Written 27 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Username50
Llanelli, UK387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely market with loads of different things to see I never thought there was as many different types of food in one place.
Written 2 September 2023
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GoldenboyL
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Be aware of the store on the left, with a lot of notices in different languages (obviously this is a store for tourists)
they put cheap price tags on the products and sell you to buy some of their wines
eventually i bought some ham and cheese because it was very cheap compared to other stores in the market.
The total price was around USD 20, I paid with my debit card
but after leaving the market, I immediately found that they have input USD 30 into the card machine
I would blame myself for being careless and trust the merchant there too much
that was obviously a scam
Please pay extra attention when you pay with debit/credit card there
make sure the amount is right
Written 8 January 2023
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JRMADA
United States3,330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is more of a true market than La Boqueria. La Boqueria looks more like a large food court rather than a market as here you have more raw food vendors. There is a great variety here, so there is something for everyone. This place is not as busy as La Boqueria, so navigating it is easier. Go have a look…
Written 12 December 2022
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Barcelona has a few covered markets, offering, all the produce a working kitchen could need from fruit and veges to meats and cheeses, however this one stands out with its wavy awning that covers the complex.

Barcelona has a few covered markets, offering, all the produce a working kitchen could need from fruit and veges to meats and cheeses, however this one stands out with its wavy awning that covers the complex.
Written 10 December 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was my third time in Barcelona, but the very first I've visited this market under its distinctive curved roof. It is set in a quieter part of Barcelona old town, not that much frequented by tourists.
I found the market being cheaper and cleaner than the touristy Boqueria on Rambla. Also I walked the stalls in peace not being pushed by hundreds of tourists, so could enjoy their offer, specially the famous jamon.
Written 12 September 2022
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Lorrie W
Milwaukee, WI160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We stopped and bought bread, cheeses, nuts and fruits. This lovely young man at Debon meats let us test the cheese and meat we bought. He was so very helpful. We also had take out that was equally delicious! Very fun!
Written 18 January 2022
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