L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

A gay-friendly neighborhood with a welcoming attitude.

Though Barcelona’s “old left side of Eixample” is now better known as “Gaixample,” the neighborhood maintains a more reserved reputation than iconic gay neighborhoods such as San Francisco’s Castro or Berlin’s Schöneberg. L'antiga's low-key vibe permeates its wide, tree-lined avenues and majestic Romanesque buildings, while its Michelin quality restaurants and lively cafes add enough electricity to make the neighborhood buzz.

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On the Map

L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample is within Eixample and bordered by La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample, Vila de Gràcia, Les Corts, Sant Gervasi - Galvany, Dreta de l'Eixample, Gràcia, and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 50 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 15 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 15 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Artsy In L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

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L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample residents contend that their neighborhood is where real 'Eixamplers' live.

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The neighborhood's expansive avenues house some of Barcelona's best boutiques, art galleries, and cafes.

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The artistically-inclined often gravitate to L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample.

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In this neighborhood, one thing is certain.

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You'll find the best-dressed men, women, baristas, and bartenders in town.

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The neighborhood's simply styled aesthetic attracts visitors with an eye for design.

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Its welcoming atmosphere and playful attitude attracts visitors looking to while away wholesome afternoons or tip their glasses to fashionable nights out.

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It also attracts visitors with a penchant for people-watching.

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Interact with the world and engage in some old-fashioned observation.

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We humans are intriguing creatures.

There is much entertainment, including popular cafes, bars, restaurants, theaters, and clubs, making it popular with visitors. A good choice if you want to be central but away from the crowds of tourists that populate more central areas."

Culinary Trends In L'Antiga

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The neighborhood's various cafes, restaurants, produce stands, cheese shops, and wine boutiques make it easy to please even the most discerning culinary enthusiast.

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L'Antiga's numerous sidewalk cafes facilitate the neighborhood's outdoor devotion.

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Produce markets keep the neighborhood fresh.

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When you opt for the indoors, you won't be disappointed.

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L'Antiga's effortless style is exemplified on the walls of its bars and restaurants.

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Specialty shops contribute to its artisanal allure.

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Outdoor tables contribute to its welcoming atmosphere.

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A University Presence In L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

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The presence of Barcelona's main university campus attracts countless academics to the neighborhood daily.

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Its student body ensures that the area remains feeling youthful, active, and vibrant.

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L'Antiga: Beauty In the Details

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L'Antiga's appeal seems effortless, but the neighborhood knows the importance of detail.

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From the molding atop its columned edifices to the potted plants that line its sidewalks, L'Antiga's charm rests in elegant additions and simple surprises.

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Apartment decor never looked better than in L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample.

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In L'Antiga, everything is detailed with style.

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In L'Antiga, even the potato sacks are stylish.

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Surprise.

The Residential Look of L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

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The neighborhood's residential look is as deftly tailored as its inhabitants' suits and skirts.

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Not a stitch out of place.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lorenzo Vecchia

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Lorenzo Vecchia is a Barcelona-based photographer specialising in architecture, interiors and still life. He is fascinated by digital photography as the creative process continues beyond the moment when the image is captured. Working out of his studio in Barcelona's old town, his graphic aesthetic has led him to work for a variety of clients from advertising through to editorial and design.

Iciar J. Carrasco

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Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer currently based in Madrid, Spain. Discovered her love for cameras at an early age when she got her first Polaroid. Loves photographing food before eating it, traveling and capturing scenes from different places or taking portraits of people. Also loves designing publications, paper, printing techniques and dreams of mixing all these with photography, creating a lifestyle magazine in the future.

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.