The Sant Antoni neighborhood in Barcelona, pretty close to the bustling Barcelona Ramblas, is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and expats alike that want to take a break from being a tourist. The neighborhood, once home to the working-class who populated Barcelona during the Industrial Revolution boasts a unique laid-back atmosphere and an amazing arrange of restaurants that showcase the best of Catalan gastronomy.
Check out this list of wonderful and non-touristy places for where to eat in the idyllic Sant Antoni district in Barcelona, and hang out with the locals. Make sure you take a stroll through the streets of this area and do not miss visiting the Sant Antoni Market, one of the oldest in town.
CASA LUCIO ∼ Unmissable, authentic tapas
Part bar, part restaurant, Casa Lucio is a friendly and homey place. It’s been owned and run by the same family for several generations (since 1974 to be exact), with a loyal local fan base, including several celebrities, that has been coming here to drink and dine for over 30 years. The founder, Mr. Lucio, is still a part of the staff, and his
knowledge and enthusiasm for Spanish food are wonderful. There is a very traditional, romantic feel about the place, with plenty of typical Spanish décor.
Casa Lucio is split into two parts, with a tapas bar at the front and a sit-down restaurant in the rear. The restaurant is very inviting, and perfect if you’re after a slightly more substantial meal. Despite the slightly old-school looks, the food is top-notch. Most dishes are prepared with ingredients from the nearby Sant Antoni market, guaranteeing the freshest, most delicious local food. Casa Lucio is very popular but rather small, so be sure to make a reservation.
Address: Carrer de Viladomat 59, 08015 Barcelona
BODEGA 1900 ∼ Traditional gourmet foods of Barcelona
Photo credit: El Barri Adria
When the subject is Barcelona gastronomy, one cannot obliterate the Adria brothers headquarters, el barri Adria, located in the center of Sant Antoni. Within their restaurants, we really like this traditional Bodega (vermuteria), simple and elegant, a resemblance of another era where simple tapas, including ham slices cut by hand, are served with their unique creativity and delicious tastes that make you fly to the moon.
At Bodega 1900, you can sip artisan vermuts or cavas while enjoying the art of tapeo from an arranged of marinades, preserves, olives, cured and grilled meats, and the inevitable healthy veggies that are always present in Catalan gastronomy.
Address: Calle Tamarit, 9108015 Barcelona
JONNY ALDANA ∼ Delicious, veggie-friendly tapas
Jonny Aldana is one of the friendliest, tastiest and most affordable tapas restaurants that you might find in Barcelona. The city is awash with some very average, tourist-trap places, but this restaurant guarantees a
great meal complemented with some excellent local wine, all served with a smile. Unlike many more traditional tapas restaurants, the menu here is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, with a whole separate menu dedicated to vegetable-based dishes. There are also plenty of gluten-free, sugar-free, and lactose-free options, too. The food is traditional, but with plenty of modern twists.
All dishes are homemade and include signature toasts, such as aubergine, goats’ cheese and ratatouille, gourmet style sandwiches, salads and hot and cold tapas.
Jonny Aldana usually features a DJ on weekends, but the vibe is chilled rather than party like, with regular art installations. Tapas aside, the restaurant serves excellent coffee, cakes, and desserts. There is also a huge vermouth and cocktail selection, all at great prices. Family-friendly too, if you have your kids in tow.
Address: Carrer d’Aldana 9, 08015 Barcelona
Phone: +34 931742083
CA L´ISIDRE ∼ Excellent seasonal Catalan cuisine
Ca l´Isidre is a traditional, family restaurant that mixes the traditional Mediterranean with farm to fork cuisine, all recreated to satisfy contemporary exigencies.
Ca l´Isidre restaurant was founded in 1970 by Isidre Gironès and his wife Montserrat and has been a Barcelona favorite and landmark ever since. The restaurant is still family owned and won the National Prize for Gastronomy in 2017.
An interesting trivia fact: Ca l´Isidre was one of the favorite dining venues of Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson when they filmed Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Address: Carrer de les Flors, 12, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 934 41 11 39
LOLITA TAPERIA ∼ Inventive Catalan cuisine
San Antoni’s bohèmic side is well represented by this tapas heaven – Lolita Taperia. A modern, Catalan tapas bar that serves up traditional Mediterranean fare with some creative twists. While it’s rumored to have some of the best tapas in Barcelona, the menu is definitely worth sampling. Dishes include olives, top Iberian ham, and seafood. Vermuts are poured over weekends and plenty of good wine and the Moritz beer pair the food.
Each is a modern take on an old classic, creating some of the finest modern Catalan cuisines in the city. A chef’s tasting menu is available if you want the full culinary experience. There are some impressive desserts too, alongside a good value and varied wine menu. Inside, Lolita Taperia is small and cozy, with a laid-back and lively atmosphere. There is a nice terrace seating area outside too.
Address: Tamarit 104, 08015 Barcelona
Phone: +3493 424 52 31
ORXATERIA SIRVENT ∼ Barcelona’s best orxata
Horchata is one of Spain’s national specialties. The refreshing drink is made from tiger-nuts water and sugar and served chilled. Loved all over the country, the drink is particularly welcome after a hot day exploring Barcelona. Horchetaria Sirvent is one of the city’s more traditional hochetarias; founded in 1920 it’s become something of an institution.
Come in summer, there will be a line outside and down the street every day of the week. Inside, Orxateria Sirvent is basic, bright and clean. Menus are displayed above the counter, and larger 1.5 and 2-liter bottles of
horchata can be bought if you want to take some home with you. The horchateria also serves ice cream, nougat-like turrones, and granitas (granizados). There is some limited seating inside and out. Very family friendly, cheap and popular among locals in Barcelona; it’s the perfect place to head for some refreshment or Catalan dessert after a day’s sightseeing. Closed during the winter months (when it’s dedicated to just sell turrones), reopening as a horchateria each April.
Address: Carrer del Parlament 56, 08015 Barcelona
JOVANI & VINS ∼ Cheese & wine lovers’ paradise
If you’ve visited Barcelona and fallen in love with its cuisine, then pay a visit to Jovani & Vins. The cheese and wine shop is the perfect place to pick up some Manchego or one (or two) Spanish wines from the store’s
300 strong collection. The shop is filled with Catalan delicacies, including hams, sausages, and craft beers. The prices are good too, with many wines coming in at well under 10 euros a bottle. Their expert and enthusiastic staff will guide you through the selection, and make recommendations where necessary.
Jovani & Vins also hosts evening wine tasting, wine pairing and cookery classes through its very own ‘wine club’ (membership is very cheap, check the website for details). Classes range from how to prepare and pair the perfect steak tartare with champagne, to Christmas cava sessions.
For extra special treatment, the store can be hired out for private tastings too – perfect for a special occasion.
Address: Carrer del Comte Borrell, 30, 08015 Barcelona
PULPERIA GUDIÑA ∼ Simple, authentic Galician tapas
A visit to Barcelona isn’t complete without a visit to a proper Pulpería for some traditional octopus tapas, washed down with some cava. Pulpería Gudiña is a must visit for some of the most perfectly cooked seafood
tapas, including razor clams, Galician octopus, jamón, and cigalas. The restaurant is simple and very authentic, and you can choose to sit at the bar if you want to be closer to all the action. It’s bright and cheery inside,
with friendly staff who will give recommendations if you’re not sure what to order.
The central location makes Pulpería Guldiña a good tapas stop-off on a night out or for a light lunch. Prices reflect the quality: it’s not super cheap but it’s definitely fairly priced. Very relaxed and casual, with a loud
local crowd that spills out onto the street on weekends. Well priced drinks too, with good house wine and cava offered. One of the best for octopus dishes outside of Galicia.
Address: Carrer d’Entença, 2, 08015 Barcelona
CAFE COMETA ∼ Cozy, quirky cafe
Sant Antoni is one of Barcelona’s best areas for coffee, breakfast, brunch, and beers. Café Cometa is a standout
destination, offering excellent coffee, fresh juices, cakes, lunches and craft beers. The café is both hip and very sweet, with quirky décor and artwork on the walls.
Staffs are super friendly and welcoming, providing excellent service. Whilst popular with tourists (there are English menus if needed), the café is also a hangout for locals, giving it a real neighborhood feel. The menu makes the most of local, seasonal produce. Healthy breakfast options, like homemade granola and yogurt, are offered too, as well as gourmet sandwiches and plenty of delicious and decadent homemade cakes the
carrot cake is highly recommended. Despite the trendy location and quality of everything, the prices are very affordable. There are also plenty of outdoor tables if you want to soak up some sun and the Sant Antoni atmosphere.
Address: Carrer del Parlament 20, 08015 Barcelona
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