El Raval & Sant Antoni
What are you going to do?
This route will show you the best of the immigrant neighborhood, El Raval, adjacent to the Ramblas and the emerging neighborhood of Sant Antoni, domain of the hipsters. You pass by ancient buildings which were given new cultural destinations, such as the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, which now houses an art school, the library of Catalonia, and the Maritime Museum. You will also find the more sober and less famous building by Gaudí, Palau Güell. And what do you think about the strikingly modern building that was built for the Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA?
Of course, the famous fresh food market Boqueria is high on the to-do list. Here you take colorful pictures while you order a snack at one of the many stands. Furthermore, the route takes you through a mix of Berber hairdressers, Indian eateries and original shops.
A foodie’s mouth is sure to water in the district of Sant Antoni. The Catalan chef Ferran Adrià runs the popular restaurant Tickets here, and also has a stake in several other eateries. A favorite among locals is the old beer factory Moritz, now a super hip concept store where you can eat, drink (including wine) and score some souvenirs. And the deliciousness does not stop in hipsterville Sant Antoni, go to Carrer del Parlament and you will find one trendy eatery after another.