‘Noo fotos’ she stated in her Scottish brogue, as I used to be fortunately snapping photographs within the cheese room at Formatgeria La Seu, a cheese store within the slim streets of the Gothic quarter  in Barcelona. 

‘Simply benefit from the cheese’ Katherine the proprietor implored. She’d put up the ‘No fotos’ signal three years in the past out of frustration with folks coming in and robotically taking images. 

‘They even had them on their heads! Shifting this fashion and that!’ The go execs had been the final straw and since then, there’s been a coverage of no images. Not for me, not for her brother, not even the oldsters at Neal’s Yard Dairy she laughed.


You’ve acquired to admire her angle. A Spanish tour information as soon as instructed her she’d by no means make any cash, limiting vacationers this fashion. ‘Pah!’ She stated, ‘what does she know?’ 

Her unconventional response is emblematic of her dedication to small, native producers, her humour and her independence. How apt for a Scot within the coronary heart of Catalonia.  

‘It’s a public vacation tomorrow,’ she stated with a twinkle in her eye, ‘Spanish Nationwide day. So all of the Catalans’ [shops] shall be open… I’ll be open,’ she grinned.


Together with cheese, Catherine gives nice tasting platters. I had three cheeses and a glass of wine for €3, simply standing at her counter chatting away. Her standing plates are like a painter’s palette with a gap to your thumb and one for the glass. She’d acquired them made when you possibly can stand exterior on the street, however now that’s not allowed, they work nicely within the small area of her store (sorry no picture of the plate, not allowed). The cheeses have been scrumptious and I took residence 4 extra which I devoured that evening again at my AirBnB, therefore the images. 

She’s additionally well-known for her cheese ice lotions,  the flavours that day have been smoked and blue cheese.  Small and completely fashioned, cool and scrumptious. 

‘Don’t trouble with a photograph’ she laughed, remembering a vacationer who’d spent 20 minutes attempting to get the proper shot while ice cream melted down his arm, ‘simply benefit from the cheese!’

Formatgeria La Seu,
Carrer Dagueria 16
08002 Barcelona




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