Gregarious and great for all things central – the district of Sant Antoni.

Vibe on the street: multicultural, animated, modern, commercial, liberal.
Famous for: the colourful Modernista market of Sant Antoni, the picturesque and pedestrianised Mistral Avenue.
Gregarious and great for all things central – the district of Sant Antoni.
  • Social life in Sant Antoni revolves around the numerous pavement cafés on Avinguda de Mistral, where kids clamber over climbing frames and play on swings as their parents have a coffee with friends. The area surrounding the main market is also a social hub. It’s commonplace for locals to nip in for some tapas and a drink nearby after doing the weekly shop of a morning.

    Sant Antoni also has a cinema – the Renoir Floridablanca, which has seven theatres specialising in original language films from different countries.

    Eating, drinking and general merriment

    Although there isn’t a wealth of restaurants and bars right on your doorstep in this small area, the advantage of being based here is the choice you have in neighbourhoods nearby – namely L’Eixample Izquierda, the Raval and across Parallel Avenue in Poble Sec. There are a few highlights in Sant Antoni itself, though, amongst the countless small tapas bars.

    Right across from the main building of Barcelona University (at Plaça Universitat) you’ll find Heart Burger. It’s about as far from a typical burger joint as you can imagine, with clean décor and an emphasis on healthy and wholesome fare. They also cater fully for people on a gluten-free diet. Another burger bar of merit is the superb Umami, on Floridablanca. It’s right across from the cinema there, so would be a good option for eating before or after a film.

    If you’re need of a refreshment, stop in at Sirvent, one of the city’s best known ‘orxaterias’. People queue round the block here for the oddly indescribable ‘horchata’ drink, made from tiger nuts and prepared in the traditional Valencian style. The perfect accompaniment to a take-away horchata has to be a warm chocolate croissant from the Forn Mistral bakery. In business for almost 40 years, it has a great selection of buns, baps and brioches – all worth queuing for.

    If you fancy getting a bite to eat over a drink later on at night, 7 Sins is a decent option. The upstairs lounge bar serves great cocktails and good-value food, while classy lighting and Chesterfield sofas give the downstairs lounge a welcoming feel. And it has exceptionally friendly staff to boot.

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