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L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample | Barrios of Barcelona

L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample | Barrios of Barcelona
Written by Paula

L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample is one of the six barrios that form the district of Eixample. It’s name translates as “The old left side of Eixample”, and together with the barrio that is today known as La Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample (the new left side of Eixample), it formed the barrio formerly known simply as Esquerra de l’Eixample (the left side of Eixample).

Points of Interest

Universitat de Barcelona

eixample barcelonaBetween Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Carrer d’Aribau, Carrer de la Diputació and Carrer de Balmes is Universitat de Barcelona, one of the most important universities in Spain.  Founded in 1450, this university offers 75 undergraduate programs, 353 graduate programs and 96 doctorate programs.

Visitors can enter the University of Barcelona to appreciate the beautiful building visiting the main hall, the noble stairway, the upper landing, the rector’s portrait gallery, the library, the paranimf and the paranimf gallery. The university also has gorgeous gardens where visitors can take a walk, stop for a rest or simply spend some time reading a book.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585.

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Cosmo is a café/art gallery in Carrer d’Enric Granados where people can stop for a nice snack and good conversation. The walls of the café are covered in art, painted on the walls and displayed in picture frames. You can choose to sit at one of the various tables, in the sofa in the lounge area or on the terrace, outside.

Address: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 3.

Espit Chupitos

Espit Chupitos is an internationally famous shot bar that offers more than 500 shots or “chupitos”. Visitors are in for a surprise with shots like Harry Potter, which is lit on fire, Viking, which involves a Viking hat and some severe head shaking, or Monica Lewinsky, served to the clients through a plastic phallus.

Address: Carrer d’Aribau 77.

Libreria Anticuaria Studio

With more than 60 years of existence, Libreria Anticuaria Studio offers a wide selection of old books and rare books from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Address: Carrer d’Aribau, 12.

Cup & Cake 

eixample barcelonaCup & Cake is a charming little café and bakery in Carrer dels Tallers where you can have artisan muffins, pies, cookies and other pastries. The bakery is specialized in cupcakes, offering delicious flavors like greek yogurt, crema Catalana, and banana and chocolate.

Address: Carrer dels Tallers, 79.

About the author


Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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