Barcelona's trendy El Born neighborhood is home to Santa Caterina market, a newly designed ultra-modern market selling fresh gourmet and speciality foods.
The building itself has been redesigned by architects Benedetta Tagliabue and the late Enric Miralles of EMBT, with the goal of showcasing Barcelona's commitment to modern architecture. Built on the same site of the 1848 original market, this newly
remodelled building is an amazing mixture of steel, clay and wood;
three of the original buildings façades were retained in an effort to
preserve some of its unique history.
The contemporary design of the roof is one of the most remarkable architectural features of the market; a beautiful mosaic of 67 different colours designed to represent the colourful produce and fruit stalls that make up the market.
The market houses over 60 unique shops selling fresh produce, gourmet items, fine chocolates, seafood, meat, as well as a number of bars and restaurants. Setting this apart from other European markets is its commitment to modern luxuries and design, the market is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a number of work stations, coat room, florist, baby changing area, a 250 car parking garage and home delivery service.
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