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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

Eixample, El Born, Barrio Gotico, Raval, Sant Antoni, Gracia, Poble Sec...


Barrio alert – Sant Antoni has a whole new flair


Sant Antoni is a neighbourhood in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Its non-official centre, the marketplace of the same name—designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias and built between 1872 and 1882—is one of the oldest and most popular in the city, popularly known for the secondhand book stalls that surround the building Sunday mornings.

It borders with  L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample (on the other side of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes), the Raval (on the other side of Ronda de Sant Antoni), and Poble Sec (on the other side of Avinguda del Paral·lel), making it a neat little location.

The way it usually works in Barcelona is, open a market and the rest shall follow. The market is very much the hub of a community, so when in 2009 renovation work began on Mercat de Sant Antoni, businesses slowly started emerging. Very few houses stood around the market when it was originally built in 1918, and when you walk around it you will see many buildings dating back to the 1920s and 1930s – when major urbanisation was taking place. Nowadays it is beyond buzzing with new places to eat, cafeterías, galleries and more popping up every other week.

With Adria’s restaurants nearby, their 5.0 project seems to have kickstarted things in the area and it’s surroundings. We quite like Els Sortidors dels Parlament, modern Catalan cuisine at Bohemic, Caravela Gourmet for those that want to explore Catalan and Portuguese wines and delicacies, Idó Do Balear when we need a taste of the Balearic islands. Taranna, Federal and Cometa are great breakfast spots, whilst Bar Calders, Casa Lucia and Casa Martino are great for those wanting to delve into the vermouth culture. If you like your art and design, Galeria BCN, Valnot and El Recibidor are nice digs for contemporary art and the latter for restored furniture. Yes there are lots of new places, with restaurant Lando opening just a couple of weeks ago – but there are still cute classics, delis and bars. It is a place where locals and visitors can pleasantly intertwine.

If you plan on visiting the city, DestinationBCN have central Barcelona apartments that are comfortable and make an ideal base for your trip.

[…] when in Sant Antoni, we happened to walk past The Juice House, a new vegetarian place on Parlament. If you like a cup […]

November 4th, 2014 at 12:57, posted by Clean living at The Juice House BCN

[…] OMA Bistró is one of the latest but it has a slightly different vibe. Firstly it isn’t in Sant Antoni or El Born, which seems to be where such places are really trending. It is in fact located on the […]

November 30th, 2014 at 12:58, posted by Brunch spot OMA Bistró Barcelona

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