L'Eixample Dreta. Take a walk on the right side.

Vibe on the street: elegant, affluent, professional, reserved.
Famous for: its Modernista mansions, designer shopping, café culture, having an unpronounceable name (‘lay-sham-pluh’).
L'Eixample Dreta. Take a walk on the right side.
  • The structured streets of L’Eixample Dreta are famous for their high number of art galleries, together with a cluster of upmarket bars and restaurants. Just taking the time to wander around is the best advice we can offer you in this district. You come across all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies this way – such as the tropical cloisters of the Parish of the Conception Church, on Carrer de Aragó, or the well-kept gardens and patios of elegant private houses.

    Keep an eye out for a couple of other places, too, such as the Arena Monumental. It had the controversial honour of being the location of the last ever bullfight in Catalonia, in September 2011. A couple of blocks north of the Estació de Nord is L’Auditori, a huge venue with three concert halls. There may well be something on here when you’re in town.

    Nearby sights

    We have to start with Gaudí’s Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will need at least a couple of hours to really take in the details at this apartment block on the Passeig de Gràcia, whose ‘witch-scarer’ chimney stacks can be seen from the street below. After that, you could go window shopping along the Passeig de Gràcia, which is home to top-name brands such as Chanel, Tiffany, Burberry, Vinçon, Adolfo Dominguez and Loewe. Within L’Eixample Dreta itself you’ll also find the Egyptian Museum. This is an often-ignored but good-quality museum that holds hundreds of Egyptian artefacts, alongside the obligatory ensemble of mummies.

    A family-friendly neighbourhood

    At first sight the area’s layout can make the atmosphere seem a little impersonal, but L’Eixample Dreta turns out to be surprisingly geared up for families with young children. Every summer its very own beach opens for kids – an artificial one, but handy nonetheless. It’s called the Platja de l'Eixample, and you can find it in a small park known as the ‘Torre de les Aigues’ (a large water tower). To complete the beach experience, the large fountain is turned into a knee-high paddling pool up until the end of September. The entry fee is under 2€ and buckets and spades are supplied. Young children will also thank you for a trip to Happy Parc, on Pau Claris. It’s full of inflatable toys and climbing frames where they can romp to their hearts’ content. If they’d rather run around outside, there’s an unexpectedly green and peaceful park right next to the Estació del Nord bus station - a good spot for taking a breather from the city.

    Eating out

    L’Eixample Dreta is a brilliant barrio for finding foreign cuisine. A really good Indian restaurant is the Mayura Lounge, which offers a set lunch menu in a comfy and welcoming setting. For a taste of Thai, there’s the upscale Thai Gardens, just off the Passeig de Gràcia, whose sunken tables and opulent décor make it perfect for a romantic dinner. Or, for some culture with your lunch, there’s Café Laie, a bookshop with an upstairs café and terrace that offers healthy fare with a Mediterranean bias.

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