A Sunday in Sant Antoni
Walking around the Sant Antoni area of Barcelona is a great way to spend a sunny but fresh autumn day. For those who want to see more than just the centre or typical sights of Barcelona, the Sant Antoni neighbourhood sits just a 10 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya in the centre of town.
I´d say it´s an up-and- coming area of the city with its new urban cool cafés & rustic bars, but it also attracts traditional crowds with its antique book market, buzzy Sunday atmosphere and drinks by beer barrels type of bars!
|Mercat de Sant Antoni|
The beautiful structure of the Sant Antoni market sits proudly in the middle of the neighbourhood but is sadly not yet re-opened as it´s under construction until July 2015. While this is happening the food market has temporarily moved 2 minutes walk away to the Ronda Sant Antoni where you can buy everything from fresh lobster to prepared tapas take aways. Great for foodies.
Dai-Mo, a recently opened Italian restaurant is also a good option for a mid-morning stop or also a late-evening fresh pasta dish.
|Serious graffiti in Sant Antoni|
Federal Café is an excellent place to have lunch with friends and also has a pretty open roof terrace for summer days. As it´s very popular with the young locals, it does get busy on a Sunday morning so you either have to be prepared to wait or head back later. It does lovely smoked salmon sandwiches, chicken burgers, chips and also healthy options.
Tarannà is a bar and cafe where you can try Catalan style dishes with fresh seasonal food. Another great place on Parlament Road where you can sit on the terrace and enjoy a bite to eat.
If you don´t want to sit and eat a big lunch, then make a stop at Bodega Vinito, a specialist wine bar where you can have a wine of your choice and a little tapa standing by a barrel. The atmosphere is always lively and people sprawl out onto the street to enjoy their late morning vino (why not?).
|The terrace at Bar Rosso (Hotel Market)|
|Moritz Factory Bar and Restaurant|
Address: Parallel, 148
For the best burger in Barcelona, you HAVE to try Umami in Calle Floridablanca. Top personal recommendations are the Cheese Bacon, Ñam-Ñam (with fried egg so ace for hangovers), the Argentina Burger with provolone and chimichurri mayonnaise or the 5 taste mini-burgers. Great way to end your weekend!
If you fancy a film, check out what´s on at the Renoir cinema (see list here) on Floridablanca Road to see a blockbuster or independent film in English (or original version) with Spanish subtitles. Quite often new films are released here quite a bit before being released in the UK so it´s worth a look.
Here ends my walk around Sant Antoni. Although it´s not the prettiest area of the city (not like Passeig de Gracia or the Born), it has some great bars and restaurants, and like many cities it´s worth discovering other neighbourhoods away from the tourist traps that have a lot to offer and make a trip to Barcelona a little different.
(By the way, if you like cookies, head to Blat bakery on Villarroel, 28 for the best giant white chocolate chip cookies ever!!)