This blog post was originally posted on October 16, 2015, and was updated on October 22, 2017.
Barcelona is foodie heaven, and especially in this trendy neighborhood! Read on for some of the best places to eat in Sant Antoni, Barcelona.
This small triangle on the edge of the Eixample district wasn’t always known for its foodie scene! However, recent developments and changes in the neighborhood, including the remodeling of the enormous modernist market, Mercat de Sant Antoni have led to its present popularity. From old school taverns to nordic-inspired cafes, Sant Antoni is one of our favorite places to eat in Barcelona!
Of the many establishments on Parlament street, there is probably none so popular as Bar Calders. A corner cafe with great tapas, a varied menu and a sheltered terrace on a small alleyway. Getting a table here may seem impossible as there are no reservations and it’s always packed. However, don’t panic! Do as the locals do and get your name on the list before heading to the bodega next door while you wait.
Address: Carrer del Parlament, 25
In the mood for something sweet? Donuts are the latest craze in Barcelona, and the Sant Antoni neighborhood has been graced with their very own donuteria, and there’s a lot more than just the classic glazed! Choose from a huge array of delicious toppings and fillings. This is definitely one of our favorite places to eat in Sant Antoni for a quick on-the-go snack!
In fact, if you love pastries, be sure to join us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Barcelona Tour, where we visit one of the oldest pastelerias in the beautiful Born neighborhood!
Address: Carrer del Parlament, 20
Good coffee, good bread, great ambiance. Welcome to Tarranà, one of the most authentic places to eat in Sant Antoni. A lovely minimalist cafe inhabiting another corner of Parlament street, is the place to go for your breakfast, aperitif, or also as the Spaniards call it, la merienda, a cozy afternoon snack, with your friends.
Address: Carrer del Viladomat, 23
There’s a lot to love about Bar Ramon. It’s kitsch decor, the friendly waitstaff and of course, the infinitely long menu makes it a top place in the neighborhood to visit. They serve up classic tapas and Spanish comfort food. This no-frills bar has been a local’s favorite for decades, and it’s no wonder why!
Address: Carrer del Comte Borrell, 81
Near the market and on a quieter corner of Sant Antoni, find Casa Lucio, a rustic restaurant and tapas bar run by a lovely couple who pride themselves on great quality and seasonal menus. If you are in the mood to sit down and take things slowly, head back to their cozy interior dining room.
Address: Carrer del Viladomat, 59
The Fish & Chips Shop
Fried fish and tartar sauce may not be the first thing you think of for good food in Barcelona, but let the tiny Fish & Chips change that. Their short menu includes a few different seafood items and snacks as you would expect. However, also let’s be honest here, their fish and chips are to die for! Perfectly fried hake! Furthermore, just the right amount of seasoning on the chips and delicious homemade sauces for dipping are what makes us crave this place!
Address: Carrer del Rocafort, 70
Federal Cafe, one of the very first trendy restaurants to set up shop on Parlament street, is making a splash throughout Spain. They now have a second location in Barcelona, in the Gothic Quarter. They have also opened in Madrid, and rumor states that there will soon be a Federal Cafe in Valencia. The space is beautiful, and the menu even more so. Fantastic brunch, salads, sandwiches, cakes and freshly squeezed juices, everything is made with top-notch, organic ingredients.
Address: Carrer del Parlament, 39
As its name implies, Lolita Taperia is a fun, colorful and flirtatious tapas bar, arguably one of the best in Barcelona. Having transformed from its prior alias of l’Inopia Classic Bar, Lolita Taperia is one of the perfect places to eat in Sant Antoni! However, even to enjoy an after-work drink or better yet, a weekend vermouth, it’s not to be missed out on! Traditional dishes with a touch of creativity, it’s no wonder this place is always buzzing.
Address: Carrer Tamarit, 104
Local’s Tip: Not sure what vermouth is? Or perhaps you are wondering how to enjoy it like a local? Have a look at the video below to find out all you need to know about this wonderful drink!
Want to explore the foodie side of Barcelona with a local food expert? With food tours, tapas tours and wine tours, we are sure that we will be able to share with you just the experience that you are looking for, visiting local markets, wine bars, tapas bars and more to get to know the city in the most delicious way possible!