Though Passeig de Gràcia is most famously known for Gaudi-designed masterpieces La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, there’s another curious building to discover here: Casa Amatller. Constructed in the late 19th century, the former home was constructed for its namesake, chocolatier Antoni Amatller, and is just the place to go to see spectacular Modernisme architecture, and minus all the crowds.
Like its neighboring buildings along Passeig de Gràcia’s famous Block of Discord, or Illa de la Discordia, Casa Amatller also mixes things up architecturally, featuring both Flemish and Catalan styles. A visit to its interior is equally impressive, promising exquisitely tiled walls and floors, colorful stained-glass detailing, and rooms decorated with the original furniture. Appreciate the building from the busy Barcelona street, while inside at the chocolate-filled café, or on a pre-scheduled guided tour, during which you’ll learn about Casa Amatller’s history, and even enjoy a chocolate sample at the end.
To visit the interior (beyond the first floor entryway and café), you must book a guided tour. Limited slots are available, so be sure to book in advance. Also note that they do not permit selfie sticks, or stiletto heals (in order to protect the fragile floors).