What I did and saw:
Mercat de Sant Antoni-
After originally being built in the 1800s, the Sant Antoni Market was recently renovated. It is a large, beautiful food market with less tourists than La Boqueria on La Rambla. It has stands with a variety of delicious local food and drink.
Fira de Cervesa Artesana de Sant Antoni-
The Sant Antoni Beer Fair is an annual event that closes down the streets around the Sant Antoni Market. There are a number of different high quality, local craft beer companies offering their creations. Also, the reusable cups can be a nice souvenir.
Where I ate and drank:
A combination of “tapas” and “Sant Antoni,” Tapantoni takes place multiple times throughout the year in the Sant Antoni area. Various restaurants in the area will sell a small plate and a small drink for a small price. It is a fun way to get a taste of many places in the area. I was able to try out the following places:
The Juice House-
As their name would suggest, the Juice House serves a variety of healthy juices and smoothies, as well as some other solid food options.
If you are looking for something sweet in Sant Antoni, Sweetaly is a good place to try. While not my favorite gelato place in Barcelona, it is a good place to get a gelato brioche sandwich.
Bar Calders is one of my favorite places to get vermouth in Barcelona. It is good quality and well priced, and it can be a great place to relax with friends.
With a couple locations in the Barcelona area, Federal Cafe offers a number of different t healthy food options.
Barcelona Beer Company-
While their beers can be found in many shops around Barcelona, the place to try the Barcelona Beer Company on tap is at their location in Sant Antoni.
Another quality craft beer spot is Barna Brew, which offer a small (but tasty) tap menu.
SPICY - taberna oriental-
If you are looking for spicy Asian food in a cool setting in Sant Antoni, SPICY is a great place to go.
While not spectacular, the breakfast at La Desayuneria is still very good.
Cafe Cometa is a nice little cafe in Sant Antoni. I particularly like their dirty chai.
Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona-
Moritz is another beer company you will see at many places around Barcelona, but they offer the most variety at their location in Sant Antoni. They also have some very tasty food options.
The best place I have found for Belgian beers in Barcelona is Lambicus, which has both a bar and a bottle shop around the corner. They offer many beers that can be very hard to find. They will also have events like stand up comedy nights at their bar.
One of the most famous sweets shops in Barcelona is Pasitsseria Escriba. In addition to their location on La Ramble, they also have a shop on Gran Via in Sant Antoni. It is a good place to get things like macarons, pastries, or chocolate truffles. In addition to being tasty, many of their treats will also be elaborately beautiful.
My favorite place in Barcelona for getting craft beer to take home is OKasional Beer. They have installed a couple taps, but they are primarily a bottle shop with an excellent selection.
My favorite thing:
My favorite thing about the Sant Antoni area is the food. Events like Tapantoni and the Fira de Cervesa Artesana are great, fun ways to explore some of the food and drink in the area. Also, the Sant Antoni Market is one of the better markets in Barcelona.
My least favorite thing:
While there are plenty of things to eat and drink in Sant Antoni, there are fewer things to see and do when compared to other areas of Barcelona.
For next time:
Next time in Sant Antoni, and if the budget allows for it, it would be amazing to try some of Albert Adria’s restaurants like Tickets, Bodega 1900, or Hoja Santa.
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