In the middle of Paral·lel, we find Parlament Street. There are few streets that have been modernized from its past anonymity. Center of the hipster movement and the revolution that Sant Antoni began to experience a couple of years ago, and now stands out as the center of the revolution.
Coffees, drinks and wineries in Parlament
Here old shops coexist in harmony with bars, cafes and wineries and, somehow, have taken a very different perspective to everything we knew to the rest of Sant Antoni and the Raval.
Why? Well, it looks like, in Parlament, the Federal Café owners have much to do. They are defined as fans of natural light, good energy, fresh food and good coffee, and with that attractive view have managed to win the favor of all kinds of audiences: even the less commercial tourism.
Then came more, of course. As the Bar Calders (Parlament, 25), live tribute to Catalan writer Pere Calders, where the vermouth and terrace are too much not to make a weekly pilgrimage, Els Sortidors Parlament (Parlament, 53), where we can have wine and beer at good price and quality tapas or Dinamic BCN (Ptge. Pere Calders, 4) located in what was once a car repair shop and we still shows it without any prejudice.
While these are the best known, they are not unique anymore, and more than eating and drinking, street Parlament is much more, as we find Escalera de incendios: art gallery, creative workshop, exhibition space…
There are also a lot of cafes. The Tarannà (Viladomat, 23) is an intimate modern space, but far from the expensive prices for hipsters they prefer to focus on quality products at a normal price. In the same league compete Cafe Cometa (Parlament, 20) and the Federal Café (Parlament, 39), which include lunches prepared with passion.
Beyond all these names many others converge toward the corners of the street, which has been the way from Poble Sec to the center of the city for centuries. All these places buy their products at the Mercat de Sant Antoni, that offers six days a week fresh food, and if there is something we must recognize is that all Sant Antoni has kept its old commerces (like Heladeria Sirvent, at number 56, or Zuckerhaus, at 17)