The neighbourhood of Sant Antoni is one of the most cultural neighbourhoods in Barcelona, after it underwent an important transformation that started in the year 2000 and still continues today. Its proximity to the city center makes it very interesting for people looking for a neighbourhood that is well connected to other parts of Barcelona. Sant Antoni is bordered by the neighbourhood of El Raval, but it is substantially different from El Raval, due to its spacious avenues, gridded street plan and large buildings. The great majority of the buildings are from the early twentieth century, although there also are some newer buildings. Sant Antoni has also become one of the zones with the largest number of new and trendy restaurants in Barcelona, where the chefs’ creativity and professionalism has become iconic for the "comidistas" of Barcelona.
The neighbourhood of Sant Antoni is a popular neighbourhood, that has become a benchmark for novelty and creativity. Despite being next to the district of Ciutat Vella, which is the oldest part of the city, and more specifically the neighbourhood of El Raval, Sant Antoni is very different in relation to the design of its streets and avenues. Being an area belonging to the famous district of l’ Eixample, the width of its streets is clearly noticeable, compared to some surrounding neighbourhoods. It is a neighbourhood designed in such a way, that the passerby can walk quietly, with wide sidewalks and large houses with high and impressive ceilings. This is the neighbourhood with the most affordable prices in the entire district of Eixample, although you must bear in mind, that it is still one of the most expensive districts of Barcelona. If you are looking for more of a family neighbourhood, but also with great commercial, creative and gastronomic businesses, the Sant Antoni neighbourhood is an unbeatable alternative.
One of the most interesting things that you can see in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, is the famous Sant Antoni Market, which has been renovated recently. It was the first building constructed from the urban plan designed by Ildefons Cerdà, which had wide avenues, large buildings, spacious apartments and streets that formed a perfect grid. The urban design becomes clear in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, where you can also see the Ronda de Sant Antoni, a wide avenue filled with life, where different businesses and shops distinguished by their vintage spirit have settled, and where tapas bars, like that of the old Moritz factory have become a benchmark in the new gastronomic scene, which mixes the traditional with the exclusive. The factory that had been forgotten for decades, is now open again, coinciding with the neighbourhood opening up to new trends, and thus making Sant Antoni one of the more hipsterneighbourhoods of the city. If you would like to rent an apartment in l’ Eixample, but your budget is insufficient for the neighboring Esquerra de l’ Eixample (to the left), the Sant Antoni neighbourhood can be an excellent alternative, if you need a spacious and bright apartment.