When speaking of Barcelona, you immediately have the image of the Barceloneta beach and its famous hotel W, you can imagine Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Boqueria market and La Rambla with its shops luxury. Of course, these are the most famous and unmissable places in Barcelona. But now, you come back on vacation an umpteenth time here and you want to discover other things. Places that even locals do not know well. Settle in comfortably and go on a trip with us to the less touristy but equally mingling places of Barcelona. Sant Antoni is the booming neighborhood, it has become the benchmark of trendy youth. While the district of Poble Sec resists the rise of tourism. When you go to Poble Sec it’s as if you are going to drink and eat in tapas bars and restaurants in a small village of the time. There is real neighborhood life in these two boroughs. Check out these 5 fun facts about Poble Sec & Sant Antoni!
Sunday’s market at Sant Antoni
If there is a place where you have to go on Sunday, it is in the Sant Antoni market. Not only will you be able to find all sorts of vintage items such as used books, old magazines, and old comic books, but you will also have the chance to experience the unique and authentic atmosphere of the neighborhood. You will also find food and products for the home. What we like in this market among the multitude of markets that can be found in the city is that it has an iconic historical past. Indeed, in 1882 was a building was created with the new art style which since 1936 a market that sells used books. Before being called the Sant Antoni market, this market was called Fira de Bellcaire. Some of the current showmen are grandchildren of the first Fira de Bellcaire fairgrounds, and always remember the adventures their families had to go through to survive during Franco’s dictatorial regime and the loss of freedom of expression. Some showmen are well known on the market, it brings more authenticity to the market and do not hesitate to speak with them if you want to know more about the history of Catalonia.
Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona
Every Sunday – 8:30 to 14:00
If you are in Barcelona but the weather is not good, no worries there is enough to do! Like going to the cinema. But you will not go to any cinema, we invite you to go to the Cine Renoir. This cinema is really beautiful inside, you will feel like going to the theater. In addition, this cinema has an undeniable asset: an excellent selection of films that are all in the original version. This allows foreigners to enjoy their movie theater in a total way. So, Toy Story 4, Spider Man : Far From Home or Yesterday, which movie will you choose?
Carrer de Floridablanca, 135, 08011 Barcelona
Variable opening hours
Let’s walk now to Poble Sec and look … Know this street? It is well known for its many tapas bars and restaurants serving the best tapas in the city that you can enjoy with a glass of vermouth on the terrace with your friends at the end of the day. Blai Street starts at the intersection with En Fontrodona Street and ends at the corner of Creu dels Molers Street. It is not very long but you can not pass quickly as the bars are attractive. So enjoy the gastronomy: tapas, pintxos, and montaditos, without forgetting some small cañas or wine. Although frequented by tourists, the street offers many economic options, while remaining delicious and worth every penny of its price. We advise you to stop at Tasqueta de Blai, Quimet & Quimet, Blai 9, Taberna Blai Tonight and Pincho J.
I’m sure you all know the Moulin Rouge of Paris located in Montmartre but have you ever walked in the evening along the Carrer de Vila i Vilá in the district of Poble Sec? If so, you cannot be by the side of “El Molino”, the Moulin Rouge made in Barcelona. This building, which is more than a century old, is inspired by the Parisian Moulin Rouge. It is recognized with its wings of a windmill in red neons. Inside, the brightness is darker, the music is stronger and the choreography is daring with lyrics often suggestive songs. Let yourself be seduced by the burlesque atmosphere of “El Molino”.
Carrer de Vila i Vilà, 99, 08004 Barcelona
Want to learn more about the history of Barcelona? So what better than discovering the best-kept secrets of the city than by exploring the basements and underground routes. These are the shelters built during the Spanish Civil War to protect themselves from the bombings of Franco’s aviation. A few years ago, the inhabitants of Barcelona used the metro stations but quickly it became insufficient, and they had to dig other trees. Today, they remain only vestiges but which can be visited freely. We advise you to visit the refuge number 307, located in the district of Poble Sec, between the Passeig de Montjuïc and the Carrer Nou de la Rambla. This shelter had a small wash-house, rooms for the children as well as an infirmary.
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 175, 08004 Barcelona
Every Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00