My Favourite Street Barcelona

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Catalan painter and sculptor Samuel Salcedo reveals the secrets of the beautiful Eixample area of Barcelona. With its list of prestigious art galleries, unique modernist architecture, and outdoor dining, it is a cultural feast.

 

Barcelona is known for the ingenious architectural designs of Gaudí, who inspired a generation of architects who went on to use the Eixample district as their canvas. The one-upmanship amongst the craftsmen who worked on the buildings has created an impressive kaleidoscope of ornate and dramatic architecture. Elegant and sophisticated, Eixample is a pleasing contrast to the crowds of Barcelonas more infamous street, Las Ramblas.


Hidden among the labyrinth of modernist buildings awaits a quiet, seemingly unassuming street, Carrer Enric Granados. It takes its name from the classical composer and pianist Enrique Granados (18671916), whose music was in a distinctively Spanish style, fittingly named given the streets local charm and flavour. But it doesnt reveal its charm too easily, according to Salcedo; one must dig to find the gems.


The street is semi-pedestrianised, allowing you to stroll comfortably under the leafy overhang, passing terraces filled with Eixamples fashionably bohemian residents. For local art and up-and-coming artists you will do no better than to stumble upon 3 Punts. It is here that you will also discover Salcedos captivating sculptures. For a thoroughly unpretentious art gallery experience, visit Cosmo Gallery, a combined café and gallery. It is a wonderful place to take in new art in a relaxed atmosphere. The gallerys mission is to bring art to the people, and it does exactly that.


If looking at all that art has you yearning to take home something beautiful for your walls, drop in to L'appartement, an uber-cool design shop that is renowned for showcasing the best new designers just before they make it big.
If you want to test your Spanish, you can chat with Norman Vilalta, an artisanal shoemaker. He famously abandoned a law career in Buenos Aires to begin his apprenticeship in Spain. He is now a master, and he is shoemaker for the Spanish royal family. This would be a rare opportunity to own a pair of his exquisitely crafted bespoke shoes.


Some of the city’s best restaurants can be found here. Etapes' contemporary Mediterranean cuisine comes with a recommendation from Michelin. Not out to impress, this restaurant has simple décor and a small terrace, but the quality of the food speaks for itself. If you want to step it up, then choose Alba Granados. This restaurant is the younger sibling of Alba Paris; the food is elegant with traditional Basque roots. If youre in the mood for romance, reserve a table on the balcony overlooking the street.


If you want to go straight to dessert, then treat yourself with some delicious ice-cream at Delacrem or line up at Cup and Cake for an old favourite, the cupcake made with an artistic flair that typifies Carrer d'Enric Granados.



 

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