Sant Antoni is a wonderful area undergoing a slow process of change,. Most buildings were built in the early 20th century and it follows the grid-like structure of the Eixample. The neighbourhood is central enough to be convenient, but just far enough away to escape the noise of the busy tourist streets. The vibe in Sant Antoni is languid and relaxed, filled with antique bookshops and outdoor cafés, making the most of the pleasant atmosphere.
This area used to be rather working-class but now is considered to bridge the gap between the rugged and lively Raval and the upper-class Eixample Esquerra. Thus, the inhabitants tend to be working-to-middle class Catalans, with few tourists.
Unique & Different
The markets and the area surrounding is a huge social hub for the community. Although having been under construction since 2009, there is a pop up marquee adjacent still servicing the needs for various fruits, fish and meats. It’s similar to La Boquería but without all the tourists! A second hand book market still takes place every Sunday, and is a wonderful place to get lost for a while.
Although there are few restaurants in Sant Antoni, there are countless independent and small tapas bars dotted around the area. However, if you do fancy a restaurant meal, then not to worry, Sant Antoni is surrounded by other buzzing districts such as Eixample Esquerra and Raval, and these are only a short distance away.
A Taste of Home
Just in case the Spanish supermarkets just aren’t enough, this one really is a saviour for Brits missing home. Undeniably, the food in Barcelona great, all the tapas bars and the restaurants of varying cuisines, but there are some things that just can’t be replaced, like Marmite, Twinings tea and chedder. A Taste of Home will satisfy all your British cravings.
In Sant Antoni, flats tend to be more spacious when compared to those in other districts such as El Gótico or the Raval, where the streets are narrow and so flats tend to be more compact.
Metro: Sant Antoni L2 (purple) is the main station, but L1 (red) sits just above and is easily accessible.
Walkling: Plaza Cataluna and La Rambla is around a 10-15 minute walk away.
A Brief History
Most buildings were built in the early 20th century around the time of 1929 when the Great Exhibition was bringing changes to Barcelona’s image and building projects- typically the area was working-class.
What the Experts Think
This is another old-style area, full of atmosphere and shopping. It is more residential but it’s still exciting given its close proximity to Raval.