21/8 Barcelona without hurries: Charming passages, the best kept secrets in the Eixample

Small and intimate streets, peaceful gardens, courts and peaceful cloisters. Come and discover the hidden corners of Barcelona and take shelter in an oasis of peace in the heart city.

Although they were not regarded in the planning of Cerdà, some inner courtyards and gardens have been recovered as nature to the dense network of the district giving them a recreational use, cultural and public. Entering is experiencing a change in perception and to move from a busy city and a quiet city quiet.

Drawing by Jerome Granell 1864, Permanyer Passage was one of the first breaking with Cerdà Plan. This street is private property and is closed by bars, breaking schemes in the district with its low houses and gardens of orange trees.
Nearby, next to the Passage del Rector Olivos there is a garden bearing the same name, a pleasant space with benches, playgrounds, magnolias, orange trees and three palm trees in the middle.

Going up through Paseo de Gracia, in front of the Casa Milá, some iron bars invite to enter to the Passage de la Concepción, an emblematic place of the Eixample thanks to the lack of traffic and the elegant atmosphere that gives the name of the passage written at the top. At number 5, there is the restaurant El Japonés and the upstairs the classical Tragaluz: a charismatic place that offers traditional and contemporary food while looking at the sky and the kitchen. Finally, at number 10, we find the Mordisco with informal cuisine at any time, only 5 minutes away from the Barcelona luxury hotel, Hotel Omm.

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