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15 Guilty Pleasures Every Local in Barcelona Secretly Loves

To write this blog post about Barcelona off the beaten path locations, we asked our local friends a simple question: what are the secret guilty pleasures that you enjoy on your day to day life in Barcelona?. Being eating ultra-caloric ¨xurros¨ while on a diet, or emptying their lungs every time Lionel Messi scores a goal for Barcelona FC even though some of them know almost nothing about football. We managed to compile a quirky bucket list of the unusual things to do in Barcelona by the locals, and we laughed a lot when got their answers. All of these local tips are totally off the beaten path.

Do you wanna read why? Here they are, the Barcelona most beloved secret things to do by the locals:

RUNNING AROUND WORLD HERITAGE BUILDINGS

You hate the tourist crowds, you have to stand them taking their selfies all year long in front of these fairy tale buildings that your ancestors built, so you wake up at 6 am and run around the Barcelona Golden Quarter to enjoy its beauty, just for yourself!

DRINK ICE TEA AT FREDERIC MARES OUTDOOR SEATING ON YOUR OWN

This is one of the most well-kept secrets for locals in Barcelona. At the city bustling center, there is an idyllic outdoor seating cafe, and locals like to go there on their own, the Hans Solo Barcelona adventure within the Gothic Quarter! Who said that a stroll at this touristic area cannot be off the beaten path?

Tip: check out this rooftop bars guide for awesome drinking experiences in Barcelona

PRETEND THAT YOU ARE TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY

Grabbing a glass of Orxata (tiger´s milk) at the iconic Sirvent Orxateria (located at Carrer de Parlament 56) and taking a walk to the Montjuic Magic Fountain to mingle with the tourist crowd and enjoy the breathtaking city views from the palace is the choice of many. An unforgettable and fun thing to do in Barcelona!

TALKING ABOUT THE AGBAR TOWER

How many times did you end up laughing with your friends about what Agbar Tower means for your city? It is a long hard talk, and yet, you will do it again!

PARTYING ALL NIGHT LONG JUST TO EAT FRESH XURROS NEXT MORNING

Who said that the Mediterranean lifestyle was healthy? Well, there are some exceptions, and Xurreria San Roman is there to support your cause after a long night of Catalan rumba.

(photo credit: El Periodico)

TAKING THE LIGHT RAIL TO THE COLLSEROLA PARK

It’s the perfect escape from Barcelona without actually, you know, leaving the city.

GO OUT FOR SHOPPING AT FOOD MARKETS

The perfect healthy plan for the lazy one who is missing mom-and-pops delicious food. The same one that Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours provides to their happy customers! Go to La Boqueria, Sant Antoni or Santa Caterina city markets and buy ready-to-eat food for your lazy weekend. Bon profit!

BEING A BARCELONA FC FAN WITHOUT BEING CAPABLE OF DIFFERENTIATING FOOTBALL FROM SOCCER

You might not know anything about football, but every time FC Barcelona scores at Camp Nou, your lungs contribute to that slight tremor that is felt in the city, GOOOOL! If it happens that your friends dragged you to any of the city sport tapas bars, you´ll certainly empty your lungs while hugging anyone besides you, and when Barcelona FC wins a trophy, you climb trees at Las Ramblas. Still, you don’t know the basics of soccer.

(photo credit: Dailymail.co.uk)

NO NEED FOR USING MAPS, UP IS MOUNTAIN AND DOWN IS SEA AND PARTY, THIS IS ACTUALLY A USUAL THING TO DO IN BARCELONA

That slight slope the city has, allows you to understand where is the sea and the beach, and you love that idea. Thanks to the gravity forces you will land by the sea and someone will ask you, in an Asian accent, if you would like a cold beer for 1 euro. Better you get to Barceloneta for a genuine beer and tapas experience.

FASHION STARTS RIGHT HERE, IN BARCELONA!

Woody Allen bought his rimmed glasses on one of his visits to Barcelona, and now everyone wears similar ones all over the world, but wait, there are plenty of new local and trendy designs waiting for your pretty face.

Tip: At our Sant Antoni and El Poblesec Food Tour we take our customers to one of Woody´s favorite lifetime restaurants.

THAT WE DON´T NEED SAINT VALENTINES AS WE HAVE SANT JORDI 

Why following the flock? We have a flower business with a romantic purpose and we make sure men read at least one book a year! During Sant Jordi, women get a flower and men a book. Isn’t that unusual?

(photo credit: barcelonabeats)

THAT ¨BIKINIS¨ARE, ACTUALLY A SANDWICH

No kidding, just go to any tapas bar and have the guts to order a bikini! Be sure you are hungry, this is one of the best Barcelona signature sandwiches.