The market opened to be provisionally at first. In 1846 a fish shop had been set up, along with a wide range of stalls, which were rented at subsidised prices by the authorities, in lieu of contributing directly to the construction.
Situated in the splendid centre of Ciutadella, in la Ribera neighbourhood, the market of Santa Caterina has always been exceptional in the history of Barcelona. It was the first covered market in the city. It was opened in 1848, but work started in 1844, after a royal decree that transferred land once owned by the church to the council of Barcelona. The market was born with the idea of improving the provision of food to the busiest parts of the city.
After the war, in the 1940s, it became the centre of provision (rations/) for the city and the neighbouring towns of Sant Adrià de Besòs, Badalona, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, el Masnou, and Mataró, whose citizens travelled in on trams.
The monks of Santa Caterina had a well in the cloister, whose opening was covered during one of the previous renovations of the market. The water from that well was considered miraculous in curing malaria. In the name of Sant Domènec the monks gave the water to whoever asked for it. To make sure the water did not become contaminated, they started to serve it from jugs, so establishing market stalls for jugs.
Today it offers a wide variety of stalls and products: butchers, eggs, poultry, and game, ifs shops and seafood bars, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen foods, canned foods, clothes, and flowers as well as additional amenities, such as a fine restaurant, the possibility to order online, and an on-site ATM machine.
C/ d'en Giralt El Pellisser, 2, 08003 Barcelona.
L4 station Jaume I, walk Via Layetana towards Plaza Urquinaona and turn right in Francesc Cambó street, you will be able to see the market from there.