La Dreta de L’Eixample, Barcelona
The district of l’Eixample is divided by the main shopping avenue of Passeig de Gracia. La Dreta de L’Eixample , located on the right side of the district, is considered to be a more upscale also containing the highest concentration of modernist architecture in the city. Therefore, it is known as the Quadrat d’Or or the Golden Square of Barcelona.
In the mid-19th century the city was extended and Cerdà, a Catalan civil engineer, developed a unique design that linked the city centre to the area of Gracià. The grid design of the streets makes it extremely easy to find your way around. The area is also known for its magnificent modernist architecture, principally financed by the bourgeois class of the early 20th century.
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What to see in La Dreta de L’Eixample
If you are looking for a luxurious shopping experience then you will be pleased to hear that many designer shops, boutiques, delicatessens and big international brands such as Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamoare, Lladró and Dolce & Gabbana are easily found in this area. Near to Passeig de Gracià you will discover the spectacular and well-known modernist buildings, including Guadí’s prominent works, the Casa Batlló (read this article to learn more) and Casa Milà (also be known as La Pedrera; read this article to learn more).
On Passeig de Gracià, you will also find the Manzana de la Discordia (Block of Discord), a block noted for having buildings by four of Barcelona’s most important Modernist architects, including Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Casa Lleó-Morera, Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller and Enric Sagnier’s Casa Mulleras. Walking down the bustling Passeig de Gracià, you will indulge in the strong sense of Catalan modernist pride.
Concepció market is also a great place to visit, with its fresh and aromatic flower stalls and delicious local produce. The market is also known to host some events and workshops with different themes each month. And, of course, you can’t forget about the iconic Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau. As you can see the area truly has a lot to offer!
Where to eat
La Dreta de l’Eixample is known for its wonderfully gourmet food scene. In the same vein, here’s our picks for the best food places that you must visit in the area:
# 1 Roca Moo
With a great location, situated inside the 5-star Hotel Omm, Roca Moo is a creative Catalan restaurant with a Michelin star. It offers a choice of counter or table seating. If you choose to enjoy your meal at the counter, Head Chef Juan Pretel and his team prepare the dishes right in front of your eyes.
Address: Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona
Opening hours: Schedules hours may vary depending on the hotel
# 2 Caelis
Around this area you can also find restaurant Caelis, another recipient of the Michelin star. This establishment is owned by a French chef with Catalan origins, Romain Fornell. The young culinary genius is quickly getting a fantastic reputation in the city.
Address: Via Laietana, 49, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 13:30-17:00 & 19:30-23:00
But La Dreta de l’Eixample is not only about luxurious tasting menus. You can also find some delicious and inexpensive options as well:
# 3 Hungaryto
If you are up to an exotic meal, the first Hungarian restaurant in Barcelona, Hungaryto, may interest you! With great prices and an over-all tranquil atmosphere, you must come and enjoy this flavorful experience.
Address: Carrer d’Aragó, 353, 08009 Barcelona
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday from 12:00-17:00
# 4 Norte
Moreover, you can also visit Norte, translating to “north” in Spanish. Owned by three friends who majored in philosophy, journalism and art history, this restaurant will take you on a gastronomic journey to the Galician and Basque provinces.
Address: Carrer de la Diputació, 321, 08009 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-16:00
# 5 Cachitos
With two restaurants and one cafe in this area, Cachitos‘s fame isn’t solely due to its stunning decor. The restaurant offers fantastic wines and cocktails, along with a menu where the barbecued squid and ribs are among some of the favorites.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 508, 08006 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00-24:00; Friday to Sunday from 12:00-01:00
# 6 Why Not
After dinner, it’s time for a digestive to help you relax. We recommend Why Not Cocktail & Gastro Bar, whose bar program combines some modern touches with fresh fruits and other fun ingredients bound to blow your mind.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 353, 08037 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30-23:00
How to get there
La Dreta de l’Eixample Barcelona is a great area of the city to explore. It is full of wonderful architecture, bars, restaurants and shops where you will always have plenty to see and do. To find an accommodation in this area check out our Apartments in Eixample.
Metro: L4, L2, L5
Train: Passeig de Gracia has rail connections to Girona and Figueres. FGC’s Provença
Where to stay in La Dreta de L’Eixample
La Dreta de l’Eixample is a great place to stay during your visit to Barcelona as it has many tourist sights and you can easily further reach the centre within minutes. If you would like to stay in this area then check out the comfortable accommodation on offer at Barcelona-Home.