The Eixample is the Modernist district par excellence. Its broad, elegant, straight streets show the urban movement of the city; it occupies an area of 7.46 km² in the central part of the city and was designed by Ildefonso Cerdá.
L’Eixample, is the district between Gran Vía and Diagonal and is characterised by grid-like street layout. The principal avenues of the city can be found in this district, such as the Paseo de Gràcia, where you will find the most exclusive fashion and jewellery brands, and the Rambla de Catalunya and the Paseo de Sant Joan. It is also the home of the most emblematic buildings such as the Sagrada Familia; the Modernist route, with the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square) at its heart. At the same time it is a quiet, residential district, with gardens hidden inside the blocks, schools, squares and cafe-bars, where the pleasant routines of daily life occur.
In L’Eixample there is a diverse mixture of students, families and professionals.
Markets: Sant Antoni, Encants Vells, La Concepció, El Fort Pienc, Sagrada Familia and El Ninot.
Shopping centres: Bulevard Rosa, Las Arenas and El Corte Inglés-Francesc Macià.
In the Passeig de Gràcia or La Rambla de Catalunya you will find the best local and international fashion boutiques, many restaurants serving Catalan haute cuisine and numerous cafeterias and bars, making the district the favourite shopping area of many Barcelona residents and the majority of visitors to the city.