The district of Sant Andreu.

Vibe on the street: family-oriented, Catalan, quaint.
Famous for: its close-knit community, tree-lined streets and shopping centre.
The district of Sant Andreu.
  • It’s definitely worth poking your head into the neo-classical Church of Sant Andreu del Palomar, which still stands today despite its troubled past. The church looks out on to Plaça d’Orfila, permeated by the peace and tranquillity of olden times and a perfect spot to watch the world go by. Another place where time has stood still is the beautiful porticoed square of Plaça del Mercadal. It was once a popular trading hub, but today you can find a quaint local market and various traditional restaurants. Another church worth visiting is the Church of Sant Pacià. It’s a must see for Gaudí aficionados as it houses a beautiful mosaic by the great architect himself and is a real hidden gem in this district.

    Eating out

    Sant Andreu doesn’t offer the vast selection of restaurants that you can find elsewhere in the city, but what it lacks in quantity in makes up in quality. A haunt of the former Mayor of Sant Andreu and somewhere that should be on your hit list is Can Roca. Small and unassuming, you could easy walk right past this little eatery, but if you’re lucky enough to go in then you will be sure to enjoy some hearty Catalan classics at a good price. Another reliable option is Versalles on Gran de Sant Andreu. It’s had prime position on the square since 1915 and its wooden interior and traditional menu attract locals old and new.

    Another option in the southern half of the district is the ever-popular Paradeta. Although part of a well-established Barcelona chain, this does not detract from the quality. Unique in its approach, it offers a selection of fresh fish to choose from. Then just let them know how you’d like it cooked and wait for your number to be called. It’s not the setting for a romantic date but if you want excellent fish at low prices then make a beeline for this place.


    If you’re looking for a big night out in Barcelona then Sant Andreu probably isn’t the barrio for you, however, wander down a few side streets and it won’t take you long before you find a cool little hangout. The district is great for having tapas and a few drinks and has lots of funky and authentic bars full of friendly locals and the odd tourist, all within walking distance of your accommodation.

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