One of the most beautiful residential areas and major attractions in Barcelona is the Eixample Derecho of Barcelona, ??also known as Eixample Dret or Dreta de l’Eixample. In this area you can find wonderful Modernist buildings, many shops, bars and restaurants.

If you are interested in renting  short term apartments in Barcelona center, ??you might be interested in apartments in Eixample Dret; although it is a neighborhood that is outside the historic city center (Ciutat Vella), it is located in the very heart of Barcelona and it is perfectly connected with the rest of the city.

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The expansion of Barcelona began at la Dreta de l’Eixample, when it was planned that the city will be extended beyond the walls which were demolished in the nineteenth century. This area became the preferred place for the bourgeoisie to build magnificent modernist houses and buildings, which today are the pride of the city of Barcelona.

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Casa de les Punxes, photo by tised, flickr

Barcelona is a world capital of Modernism and some of the more spectacular modernist buildings can be found if you stroll by Eixample Dret area:  In Paseo de Gracia you can see the famous Casa Mila (better known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, magnificent works of Antonio Gaudi, the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism; Casa Lleó Morera, by Domenech i Muntaner; Casa Amatller, by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Once outside the Paseo de Gracia, but still in Eixample Derecho, you can find other great works of modernism, such as Casa de les Punxes with its needle-shaped domes, also designed by Puig i Cadafalch.

Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya are the undisputed protagonists of the area of ??the Dreta de l’Eixample, concentrating a shopping paradise of the most recognized global an Spanish brands. In our Guide: Things to do in Barcelona ??under “Shopping” section you’ll find some of the most recognized shops located at Paseo de Gracia Street.

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Casa Milà – La Pedrera, photo by joseluis_miguel2010, flickr

You’ll find a huge variety of restaurants in this area, however, in regard to bars and night life there is not much variety, so this is a perfect place to stay if you want a quiet place at night. Let us give you a few suggestions of places located in the Eixample Derecho that  Desig Barcelona has tested and liked:

  • Tapaç 24: located on Diputació Street 269, is a tapas restaurant with quality cuisine. The chef, Carles Abellán, was a former employee of world-famous Catalonian restaurant El Bulli.
  • Txapela: Another of our favorite taperías (tapa restaurant), located at Paseo de Gracia 8-10. It offers tasty Basque tapas you can take at the bar or sitting at a table. We really enjoyed all the tapas we’ve tested in Txapela!. The cava (sparkling wine) sangria is also very good.
  • Restaurante Brown 33: (Paseo de Gracia 33), beautiful restaurant, great service, with nice views over the Paseo de Gracia. The menu includes pastas, pizzas, risottos and meat and the prices are quite correct.
  • El Mussol: This is a chain of restaurants that you can go when you want to try Catalonian food, feeling confident that everything is going to be tasty and perfect. There is a Mussol restaurant located at Eixample Dret (Arago Street, 261). We love the crispy –thin bread with tomato (Catalan style “coca”), meat dishes are delicious and the value for money is one of the best in Barcelona. If you do not like to wait, we recommend you make reservations for dinner, since El Mussol is always full.
  • Bar Dow Jones: (Bruc Street, 97): Without any doubt, one of the most unique bars in the area. In this bar, the drink prices vary according to demand, and prices are displayed on screens , just as if you were in a stock exchange.
  • Bar Lord Byron: (Valencia Street, 335): At first glance, it seems that there is nothing special in this bar. However, its strength is that it closes after 5:00 am, which is a great advantage, as the rest of Barcelona’s bars close at 3:00 am

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