When you're seeking one of the most iconic locations in Barcelona, you should no doubt take a look at the Paseo de Gracia. This avenue has come to transform into one of the main centres of the city, both because of its size and by the large number of shops, hotels and historic buildings that congregate along its route. It has also become a very desirable place to reside in. A place where many people have come to realise their dreams of living in one of the most prestigious areas of the city.
Paseo de Gracia gained importance from 1900 when it became the place that was most desired by the bourgeoisie. This led to hiring the services of the best architects who designed buildings that still amaze those who come from abroad to see them. The works of architects such as Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Antoni Gaudí have been addressed in Paseo de Gracia, bringing incalculable historical value to the city as a result.
Among the buildings that can be found along the promenade, there are houses and other structures used for many different purposes. For example, some of the highlights include the Union and the Phoenix building, a work of Eusebi Bona Puig, dating back to 1927. Of equal value is the Casa Lleo Morera, which is situated in the residential part of the city within historical surroundings. This respected property was the work of Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
It also has an attractive Amatller house, from the architect Puig i Cadafalch, one of the most illustrious figures of the time. And you shouldn't miss the chance to see Gaudi's Casa Batllo, which is open to the public and is already considered as a World Heritage Site.
Major worldwide stores
While Paseo de Gracia is a refreshing proposal in architectural terms, it also highlights trade as the core of Barcelona. This is one of the streets most coveted by the biggest brands in the world. The retailers know that if they open one of their stores in this street, they will get a high turnover and a large increase in popularity. This has led to a significant number of brands from around the world choosing Paseo de Gracia to locate their new stores in.
Fashion brands are most common, helping to add a touch of elegance to this famous street. You can enjoy shopping at the most popular establishments such as Adolfo Dominguez, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger. The success of these brands through their location in this part of Barcelona is proportional to their worldwide popularity.
There are also exclusive designer shops that cover other items, such as Apple, which has one of its flagship stores where users can go and buy their products according to their personal taste. And with the launch of Nespresso, coffee is sold to the stars who live in the most exclusive houses in Barcelona.
At the same time, in Paseo de Gracia, there also advocates a kind of trade that covers a wider audience, on a planet where popularity is the name of success. This is true of the most popular fashion firms like H & M or Zara.
Restaurants with the best food
People who go for walks along the Paseo de Gracia can not help but enjoy its many restaurants and bars. Tradition, combined with the most contemporary trends in local foods bring much elegance and authenticity to this area. You can easily check the National Restaurant which has long been providing its guests excellent cuisines in a classic and unique setting. Also recommended are places like Restaurante Divinus, which focuses on the Mediterranean dishes, The Pampered, specialising in tapas, or Citrus, allowing diners to get a view of the promenade from their own attics.
In terms of local eateries, there are numerous places that you can enjoy dining at in Paseo de Gracia, where you can always find a place that fulfils the taste of your guests. Other recommendations include the popular Buenas Migas, Tenorio and Txapela Restaurant.
The attraction of a different place
Paseo de Gracia is in its own right one of the best areas of Barcelona. This is where you get to see the best of Barcelona and it's a place where the pace of life is enviably relaxed and laid back. If you are interested in enjoying a place like this, do not hesitate to contact the real estate Engel & Völkers Barcelona today. This reputable agency will provide you with detailed information on the various properties available in the area. It's a decision you will surely not regret.