The Eixample (Extension in Catalan) is the area between the old town and the individual villages including Gracia, Sants and Sant Andreu which have now been integrated into the extended city. Its grid system of wide street blocks boasts some of the most exclusive shops on Passeig de Gracia and Avinguda Diagonal, and a huge range of food and drink options, spread across the vast area.
The grid design was the work of visionary Idelfons Cerdà, although not all his original ideas were incorporated, the Eixample is scattered with huge impressive buildings, by some of the most well known architects in Catalunya, including Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Josep Domènech i Estapà, and most famously Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló are both on Passeig de Gracia, and his unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia cathedral is also found in the Eixample.
I work around the central north area of Eixample so frequent many places around my work place – and I will endeavour to widen my search for the best restaurants just for you guys!