Barcelona is organized into ten districts. And one could say that from the lower slopes of Tibidabo down to the Mediterranean sea, ten different Barcelonas unfold to be discovered, among them that of the Eixample.
The cradle of modern Barcelona
Did you know that modern Barcelona was born in the Eixample? It is a district which extends from the Plaza España practically up to the river Besòs. An area which served to connect, through a continuous urban network, the old city ( the present-day district of Ciutat Vella) with the rest of the small villages of the plain (Gràcia, Sants, Sant Martí de Provençals, Sant Andreu, Sarrià, etc.), which much later would become districts of Barcelona.
The project for the Eixample was devised by the engineer and town planner Ildefons Cerdà, who designed an egalitarian city, in which the districts were not different from each other and public services were uniformally distributed. This is a space which has stolen the hearts of people from all over the world and which is home to our restaurant ‘El Principal de l’Eixample’.
A careful stroll through the district is an invitation to contemplate the legacy of the best Catalan architect from the late 19th and early 20th century. All of this through emblematic streets such as Passeig de Gràcia or the Rambla de Catalunya, which boast the best shops for local and international fashion, numerous elegant restaurants of high quality Mediterranean gastronomy and an infinity of cafés and bars. All of these have made the district the shopping area most preferred by many people in Barcelona and by the majority of visitors to the city.
The Golden Square
At ‘El Principal de l’Eixample’ we have the privilege of being situated in the area known as ‘The Golden Square’, the area is between the streets of Aribau and Passeig de Sant Joan, around Passeig de Gràcia. This was precisely the main artery of that new Eixample which was born from 1860 on wards, when they knocked down the walls which were suffocating the old Barcelona.
Enjoying the gastronomy
Apart from discovering the architectural treasures of the Eixample and doing some shopping, a good way to finish off the route is by enjoying the Mediterranean gastronomy. In ‘El Principal de l’Eixample’ you will find a restaurant with charm, and with a menu based on the Catalan and Mediterranean market with a contemporary touch. What are you waiting for to reserve your table?