What to do in Sant Andreu district in Barcelona
Although Barcelona is famous for its historic central districts such as the Born or the Gothic, away from the center there are also places that have played a major role in the city development. This is the case of the district of Sant Andreu, which has maintained its industrial and working past but adapting to new trends. Let us show you all its beauty.
What to see?
When you walk through its streets, you’ll think you’re in a small village of Catalonia. Its old town has a great workers history, as many of the families who worked in Barcelona’s factories used to live there. Among its charms is the Plaza Mercadal, which is a meeting place for all the locals, as well as the neoclassical church of Sant Andreu del Palomar.
What to eat?
You will find the Modernist attraction of this neighborhood in its gastronomic proposal. One example is the Rabasseda Restaurant, a family restaurant with traditional Catalan food or also the Versailles Bar, where you can make a coffee and admire its walls full of history.
What to visit?
Barcelona experienced the industrialization of the 19th century with great intensity. In the district of Sant Andreu there is an old textile factory, called Fabra i Coats, which currently serves as a space for theatre and performance companies. Artists such as Gaudí also collaborated in making this neighborhood more popular. You can see his mosaic from the time when he was an apprentice in the Church of Sant Pacià.