Eixample

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4.0
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4.0
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This neighborhood is safe.

3.0
Food

There is a balanced amount of good restaurants.

3.0
Cost

Okay cost of living.

4.0
Remote work

This neighborhood has a good amount of places to work outside the house.

Eixample is a large neighborhood traditionally divided into L'Esquerra de l'Eixample (“the left side of Eixample”) and Dreta de l'Eixample (the right side). Eixample literally means “expansion,” and was designed and built in the early 20th century. It’s known for its grid-pattern, long avenues, and the octagonal shape of each block–the architect who designed them predicted that 90-degree angles would make it harder for streetcars to turn. Barcelona chose to invest in subways instead, making the issue moot.

In Eixample, you’ll find several of the buildings designed by Gaudi, including the Sagrada Familia, famously still in construction after over 100 years, and the Casa Mila, nicknamed “La Pedrera” for its rippling stone facade. You’ll also see the “illa de la Discòrdia,” or block of discord, on Passeig de Gràcia. Five buildings designed by different Catalan Modernist architects, including Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, sit side by side on a single block. Finally, Eixample is also where you’ll find “gaixample,” a section of the city known for its many gay bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and gay-friendly hotels. For coworking spaces, try OneCoWork Plaça Catalunya. Galeria Cosmo, Nappucino Corner, Laie Libreria Café, and Satan’s Coffee Casa Bonay are all good coffee shops to check out. 

Sam Harrison
November 9, 2022
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After spending four years in Buenos Aires, she loves spreading the joy of the city to the rest of the world.

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