Shopping in the Quadrat d’Or
While visitors to L’Eixample do the sights, locals go shopping in the Quadrat d’Or, the grid of streets either side of Passeig de Gràcia. This is Barcelona at its most fashion- and design-conscious, which also describes a large proportion of L’Eixample’s residents. All the big names are here, alongside boutiques of local designers who capture the essence of Barcelona cool.
You could spend an entire day just along Passeig de Gràcia but detour for a moment to Lurdes Bergada, a boutique run by mother-and-son designer team Lurdes Bergada and Syngman Cucala. Their classy men’s and women’s fashions using natural fibres have attracted a cult following.
Time for a refuelling stop. Few pastry shops have such a long-established pedigree as Mauri. The plush interior is capped by an ornate fresco dating back to Mauri’s first days in 1929. Its croissants and feather-light ensaïmadas (sweet buns) are near perfect.
This is more than just any old jewellery store. The boys from Bagués-Masriera have been chipping away at precious stones and moulding metal since the 19th century, and many of the classic pieces here have a flighty, Modernista influence. Bagués backs it up with service that owes much to old-school courtesies.
While bags and suitcases in every conceivable colour of butter-soft leather are the mainstay at 1846-founded Loewe, there is also a range of clothing for men and women, along with some stunning – and stunningly priced – accessories. The luxurious shop is fittingly housed in the Casa Lleó Morera, with some interior details by Domènech i Montaner.
A sleek and modern temple to chocolate, Cacao Sampaka is both a cafe and shop, and is the perfect place to stock up with gifts to take back home. Select from every conceivable flavour (rosemary, perhaps, or curry?), either in bar form or as individual choccies to fill your own elegant little gift box.
For superior souvenirs in liquid form, head to the state-of-the-art Monvínic, a veritable temple of wine with more than 3000 wines in its cellar, including some extremely rare finds. Try before you buy in the wine bar (or over a meal at its restaurant).
Cosmo is a bright, white cavernous space, dotted with colour from the exhibitions that adorn its high walls. It has a nice selection of teas, cakes and snacks. Set on a pedestrian strip, it’s perfect for an evening tipple inside the groovy interior or out on the terrace.
- Fashionable boutiques
- Epicurean treats
Metro Línia 3 to Diagonal.