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L’Eixample Neighbourhood Guide – Where To Live in Barcelona

L’Eixample Neighbourhood Guide – Where To Live in Barcelona

Sunset in L'Eixample

Within L’Eixample, the areas of Sant Antoni, Nova Esquerra de L’Eixample, and Antiga Esquerra de L’Eixample have become some of the main areas for student accommodation. L’Eixample has history, architecture, great facilities and the best location. In this post you will find everything you need to realize that you want to live here!

Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia

L’Eixample: A haven for Architecture and Modernism

In a time when Barcelona needed to be extended to fit its ever-growing population, Ildefons Cerdà designed this part of the city under the premise to create new housing in a more structured and functional way. As a result, L’Eixample is now arranged in a grid pattern and its blocks are square-shaped with chamfered corners.

This neighbourhood was built in the 20th century, right when Modernism, a Catalan artistic and literary movement, reached its peak with architects such as Gaudi, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and Sagnier. All upper-middle class families wanted to have a spectacular house in L’Eixample that could show how wealthy and “modern” they were. This accounts for the outstanding modernist buildings in area.

Aerial view of L'Eixample

El Quadrat d’Or (The Golden Square)

This area of L’Eixample is famous for its remarkable architecture and is located around Passeig de Gràcia. I would strongly recommend to go for a walk and admire these unique creations, namely Casa Batlló , Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera), Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Terrades (aka The House of Spikes), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, La Monumental, Casa Calvet, and Casa Amatller.

Gaudí's Casa Batlló

Getting around in L’Eixample

Public transportation is easy to use and very efficient in Barcelona. The easiest way to get around the city is by metro, although you can easily walk or bike pretty much anywhere from L’Eixample. The recommended areas (Sant Antoni, Nova Esquerra de L’Eixample and Antiga Esquerra de L’Eixample) are within a 10-15 minutes’ walk from Plaça Catalunya. The beach is 20 minutes away by metro and Sants Estació is only 9 minutes away by train. You can get to the airport in just 28 minutes by train (R2N Rodalies Renfe) from Passeig de Gràcia.

Gaudí's Casa Milà

Fact sheet: L’Eixample

One place to eat: Morro Fi. This tapas bar has the best vermut (vermouth) you will ever try. It is crammed with locals and the tapas are delicious and inexpensive.
Address: Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171

One place to drink: Espit Chupitos. Definitely check this one out! It is a shots bar (‘chupito’ means shot). Every shot goes from 1 to 3 € and they all have funny names. It’s just cool to see how they make them and have some laughs with your friends while you read the names out loud or ask the bartender for an “orgasmo”.
Address: Carrer Aribau, 77

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One place to study: Biblioteca Sagrada Família. This huge library is located right by La Sagrada Familia. It is a brand new building with lots of light and quiet areas.
Address: Carrer de Provença, 480

One place to see: La Sagrada Família. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. This monumental church will blow you away! We know it is a very touristy spot, but you just can’t leave Barcelona without visiting this genius creation. We can promise you have never seen anything like it.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401

One thing to do: Go Shopping!! Because it is so close to the city centre, there are shops everywhere. Most people go shopping at Passeig de Gràcia for big brands, but you can find pretty much anything you like. You’ll find high fashion stores on fancy boulevards (such as Bulevard Rosa. Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 55-57), as well as popular brands and alternative stores.

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