CNN has named Esquerra de l’Eixample the “coolest” neighbourhood to live in.
Esquerra de l'Eixample, which is part of the Eixample district, stands out for being a very central and commercial area, with great neighbourhood services and facilities such as Hospital Clínic, the Sant Jordi swimming pool or the Industrial School of Barcelona, as well as numerous educational services, restaurants and leisure zones. It is a stone´s throw from the centre of Barcelona and Paseo de Gracia, with a wide range of shops and services, as well as excellent public transport.
Brought to life by the great vibes of its cafés and leisure facilities, it is a quiet and residential neighbourhood that has become all the rage as well as being a favourite among locals due to the number of bars and restaurants it has in the Michelin guide, its ´´brunch´´ cafés and the great diversity in leisure activities it has to offer. Furthermore, a part of the neighborhood known as ´Gayxample´ is extremely popular among the gay community. Another place of interest is Mercat del Ninot, a stunning market that sells everything you could think of; the Caserna de los Bomberos (Fire Station) and the University of Barcelona.
The neighbourhood has different green areas such as the Joan Miró Park, one of the city´s largest, where a large sculpture by the artist takes centre stage, with other places of interest such as Plaza de España where Arenas is located, a former bullring that has been turned into a shopping centre.
Eixample is the centrepiece of the city´s growth, thanks to Ildefons Cerdà´s urban plan dating back to the end of the 19th century, with its wide streets, all of which are the same width, and its unique blocks of octagonal-shaped buildings. It is a very central and residential area, highly sought-after by locals.