Up until not so long ago, the Sant Antoni neighbourhood located in Barcelona's Eixample district was considered as one of the most modest areas in the city. However, it has undergone extensive transformation that seems to have replaced Born, a district that's no longer a preferred place for those seeking a home in Barcelona. Undoubtedly, the arrival of fashion boutiques and the strong real estate investment that the area is enjoying are important aspects of this occurrence.
However, the key to explaining the growth of the Sant Antoni neighbourhood is the remodeling of its market, which is expected to be finished before the end of the year. It has been a long and expensive project since the works started in 2009. Despite this, all the efforts made seem to have been worthwhile. A part of its built area will be dedicated to housing a department store and another to exhibit a museum with the archaeological findings that were discovered during the completion of the project and which are a sample of the city's history.
Photo: Sant Antoni Market in Barcelona by © Wikipedia
The San Antonio Market is the work of the modernist architect, Antoni Rovira i Trias, and its construction completed in 1897. However, for many decades, it went completely unnoticed by tourists and the younger population. But when the gentrification forced to look for alternative routes and homes, it re-appeared in all its splendour. It is not surprising that the local councils are currently pouring so much effort into this market.
But there is much more to Sant Antoni than meets the eye. In fact, it has kept its large number of bars that are decorated in wood and wrought iron intact. These are bound to please the youngsters and adults. In addition, there are more and more places where you can have a brunch or a vermouth on a terrace surrounded by beautiful buildings, as well as nightclubs, bookstores and gastrobars. These are definitely important factors that contribute to the strong real estate investment and the desire by so many people to live in this neighbourhood. In fact, this combination between classic and modern is another key to understanding that Sant Antoni is becoming the new fashionable district of Barcelona.
Sant Antoni is unsurprisingly destined to become the preferred district by Barcelonians who still seek authenticity and want to be able to enjoy the charms that modernity offers them. The investments that are being made in this area and the wide range of cultural and leisure activities it offers are also some of the main aspects that explain the emergence of this district.
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