Sant Antoni

A tourist friendly, local approved alternative to the heavily-trafficked streets of Barcelona's core.

A bodega laden neighborhood where brunch is considered the most important meal of the day, Sant Antoni exudes a cool candor that attracts hip crowds to experience its extensive market and casual tapas bars. Tourists love Sant Antoni for its approachable atmosphere and logical layout, and locals love it for the fact that their neighborhood has everything–Sant Antoni combines its relaxed residential feel with a central location and proximity to the city's most popular spots.

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On the Map

Sant Antoni is within Eixample and bordered by El Poble-sec, El Raval, La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample, Dreta de l'Eixample, Ciutat Vella, and Sants-Montjuïc

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 15 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 20 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Casual Neighborhood Growing Cooler by the Day

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Sant Antoni's streets remain mostly quiet despite their proximity to the beating heart of Barcelona.

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The neighborhood has flown under the radar for a rather long time, but its cool subtlety is rapidly earning attention.

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The neighborhood boasts many of the attributes of trendy and energetic Raval, but without the clamor or chaos.

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Young children, new families, cool artists, and seasoned professionals seem to appreciate the area equally.

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Sant Antoni's shops, cafes, and sidewalks just can't avoid the spotlight.

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Unlike the boisterous nature of Raval's residents, locals relish their quiet time in Sant Antoni.

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All they need is a bench.

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All they need is a seat at a cafe.

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On Sundays, Sant Antoni really comes alive.

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Twenty-somethings flock to its restaurants and cafes for brunches, vermouth, and long afternoons.

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All the while, Sant Antoni manages to maintain its irreverent charm.

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Art meets life in Sant Antoni.

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Between Brunch and Tapas

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Before the neighborhood started gaining notoriety, Sant Antoni kept it simple at its corner bodegas and tapas bars.

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Now, its corner bodegas and tapas bars are Barcelona's favorite Sunday morning brunch spots.

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Luckily, Sant Antoni hasn't abandoned its traditions.

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The neighborhood still keeps it simple while adding a new dash of style, and cafes still serve the best for Sunday brunch.

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Coffee and pastries still constitute perfect midday snacks.

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When morning comes to a close, residents replace their café con leche with another kind of beverage.

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Sant Antoni is revered for its perfect vermouth.

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Sundays are the most fun days for a drink or two.

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Cheers to you, Sant Antoni.

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Mercat de Sant Antoni

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Sant Antoni houses one of Barcelona's busiest, and most extensive, markets.

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The palatial Mercat de St. Antoni sells fresh food, produce, flowers, trinkets, textiles, clothing, antiques, oddities, and commodities all under one roof.

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You can satisfy your shopping cravings on the streets of Sant Antoni, too.

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Kiosks, vendors, and stalls are common sights in the neighborhood.

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Residential Life In Sant Antoni

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Behind Sant Antoni's repurposed wine barrels, bottles of vermouth, and artfully weathering cafes, modest apartment buildings take over the neighborhood's corners and side streets.

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Balconies, window boxes, and wrought iron add character to Sant Antoni's residential spaces.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lorenzo Vecchia

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Lorenzo Vecchia is a Barcelona-based photographer specialising in architecture, interiors and still life. He is fascinated by digital photography as the creative process continues beyond the moment when the image is captured. Working out of his studio in Barcelona's old town, his graphic aesthetic has led him to work for a variety of clients from advertising through to editorial and design.

Iciar J. Carrasco

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Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer currently based in Madrid, Spain. Discovered her love for cameras at an early age when she got her first Polaroid. Loves photographing food before eating it, traveling and capturing scenes from different places or taking portraits of people. Also loves designing publications, paper, printing techniques and dreams of mixing all these with photography, creating a lifestyle magazine in the future.

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.