When you hear people talking about rambla, your mind immediately goes to Las Ramblas, the famous promenade that goes from Plaça Catalunya all the way to the sea.
But if you turn the opposite direction, walking North, you will find another famous rambla. Rambla de Catalunya is one of the most important streets in the Eixample district, a hip and trendy area where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants and other services.
Rambla de Catalunya starts at Plaça Catalunya and goes all the way to Avinguda Diagonal.
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Further up, on number 37, is Casa del Libro, a popular Catalan bookstore that sells books, games, diaries, calendars, reading lamps and much more. Casa del Libro sells mostly Castillian and Catalan books, but they have a good selection of books in other languages, like English, French and German.
There two important galleries at Rambla de Catalunya. Located at number 47, Galería Ingacio de Lassaletta represents artists like Nei Alberti, Dominika Berger and Miguel Rasero. Three numbers further is Galería Metropolitana de Barcelona, representing artists like Youssef Ahmed, Mohamed Kanoo and Paolo Maggis.
At Rambla de Catalunya you will find a number of notable buildings like Casa Pia Batlló by Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas at number 17, Casa Fargas by Enric Sagnier I Valevecchia at number 47, and Church of La Mare de Déu de Montsió by Joan Martorell, at number 115.
You will also find two amusing sculptures by Josep Granyer, Meditación, which features a bull sitting in the same position as Rodin’s “The Thinker”, and Coqueta a flirty giraffe.
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Rambla de Catalunya is a great street for shopping. There clothing stores like Pretty Ballerinas, Women’s Secret, Morgan de Toi, Promod, MAC, Mango, Sunglass Hut, Geox, Calvin Klein, Muji, Lacoste; stores for children like Bóboli, Eureka Kis and Jacadi; sports stores like New Balance and Intersport Quinze; and home decoration stores like Muy Mucho, Casa Viva, and The House of Villeroy & Booch.
There is a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes throughout the Rambla. You can stop at any time for a bite or a drink at places like El Racó, La Botiga, Cachitos, Forn de Sant Jaume, Taller de Tapas, Cinco Jotas, Mauri, La Bodegueta Barcelona, El Passatge del Murmuri, and Bopan.