Halfway between El Paral·lel and El Raval, Sant Antoni is a part of the Eixample that has always had a life of its own. An area with a long commercial tradition, built around its big Modernista market, in recent years it has welcomed new businesses that have revived its spirit.
Around the market
The Sant Antoni neighbourhood, located between Avinguda Paral·lel and Gran Via, has always had a strong commercial tradition thanks to its market, which serves as a focal point. The wrought iron market, built at the end of the 19th century and currently undergoing a major renovation, occupies the block bordered by four streets: Comte Borrell, Manso, Comte d’Urgell and Tamarit. For years it turned the neighbourhood into a major shopping area for Barcelona's workers and the middle classes. Avinguda Mistral is another vital part of the neighbourhood, packed with businesses and locals leading their daily lives at a leisurely pace.
These days Sant Antoni is turning into one of the city's more fashionable areas, and lots of young people have moved there over the last few years. Designer businesses, numerous appealing cafes and trend-setters have set up shop alongside traditional establishments, bringing new life and colour to the neighbourhood.