Diagonal metro station in Barcelona

Old Mar 11th, 2003, 11:34 AM
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Diagonal metro station in Barcelona

Our hotel is right near it. Any advice on what's in the area? Is it neighborhoody a la the Upper West Side in NY or is it something altogether different? Hoping for some nearby cafes and restaurants as well as shopping. Thanks in advance!
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Old Mar 12th, 2003, 04:20 AM
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Old Mar 12th, 2003, 07:06 AM
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I can't compare with Upper West Side NY but looks a pretty nice area to me. On the Passeig de Gracia (a wide street) between Diagonal metro station and Pla&ccedil;a de Catalunya (10 minute walk), you will find lots of charming, lively coffee shops, restaurants with terrace on the street. Of course a different atmosphere compared to Gothic area of Barcelona. I saw many expensive brand shops on this street and some big tapas chain restaurants. There are also the two main attractions on this street,<BR>Casa Batillo and Casa Milo, both Antonio Gaidi's works.
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kit,<BR>Depends on the exact address of your hotel, but the Diagonal metro stop is in the Eixample district at the top of the tony Passeig de Gracia, the nicest, most upscale shopping street in Barcelona along with the lower Diagonal itself. I'd think Upper East Side (Madison Ave) rather than Upper West Side, but it has a bit of both. <BR>You'll have international boutique shopping, great Spanish leather stores (look for ultra expensive but divine &quot;Loewe&quot; on the Passeig de Gracia 35 and &quot;Acosta&quot; on the left side of the Diagonal going down to the P de G for gorgeous leather shoes and bags). Also &quot;Yanko&quot; and &quot;Lure&ntilde;a&quot; are good but more conservative. For casual shoes there's a branch of &quot;Camper&quot;, the Mallorcan firm on Valencia 249, right off the P de G.<BR><BR>For clothing, the Spanish designers Adolfo Dom&iacute;nguez, Antonio Mir&oacute;, Purificaci&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a and Roberto Verino have boutiques on the P de G, and for inexpensive designs for the younger set, you have Zara and Mango. The sales take place in July-Aug.<BR><BR>Look for Spanish CD's at the huge FNAC in the El Triangle shopping mall at the very southern end of P de G where it meets the Placa Catalunya. And for virtually everthing under the sun you have the huge El Corte Ingl&eacute;s dept. store there on the Placa Catalunya across from El Triangle. It has a separate store for music/books below on the <BR>Portal de l'Angel.<BR><BR>
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cont.<BR>For coffee and pastries you have the irresistible &quot;Farga&quot; on Diagonal 391 or &quot;Mauri&quot; on the nearby Rambla de Catalunya 100.<BR><BR>For great and moderately priced restaurants in the area, head straight to wildly popular &quot;El Trobador&quot; on the corner of Paris and Balmes, terrific designer dramatic &quot;Tenorio Brasseria&quot; (like a Soho/Tribeca place) on the P de G or &quot;Paco Meralgo&quot; at the corner of Muntaner and C&oacute;rsega for a 4 star meal based on creative tapas eaten at the bar in front of the tiny kitchen where the chef will come out and prepare something great for you or sit at the tall communal tables around the bar. <BR>For slightly more formal dining close by, still in the Eixample district, try beautiful &quot;El Principal&quot; on Provenca 286 or &quot;Mar&iacute;a Cristina&quot; on Provenca 271, next to Gaud&iacute;'s La Pedrera. <BR><BR>A little further down the Rambla de Catalunya at the corner of Mallorca you have a fantastic tapas place for quick meals in between traditional meal hrs., the &quot;Cerveseria Catalana&quot;. A tip from poster Jean Valjean, which is one of the best reco's I've ever received here on Fodors. It has late hrs., a large tapas menu and yummy desserts.<BR><BR>Hope this gives you some ideas.
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Old Mar 12th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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Thank you so much, Maribel and Hike. Looks like we did well on the location, then. Many thanks!
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