Barcelona: everything you need to know for an amazing city trip

by Farah Cuyvers

My local tips & tricks for an amazing city trip to Barcelona!

Once you inhale the positive vibes of Barcelona, you have no choice but to come back. If it is not for the impressive architecture, lovely people or buzzing nightlife, it is for the beautiful weather and amazing food. 

Get lost in the old town, enjoy a fruity sangria under the waving palm trees, relax in the sun on the beach or enjoy a 360° view sunset with some tapas, Spanish guitar music and a bottle of wine…

Here are my #1 local tips of Barcelona.

From the airport to the center

We don’t have Uber but we have the taxi app ‘Cabify’. I recommend to use this app instead of the regular taxis as they offer a better service and it’s cheaper. Regular taxis will charge you extra for every piece of luggage, Cabify does not.

From the airport to the center it costs approx. €25-€30 with Cabify. You can use my code farahc12 to get 3,00 € discount in your next 3 rides riding with Cabify. Download the app here: 

Depending where you stay, you can take the blue aerobus to the center (Plaça Catalunya). It is €5,90 one-way or €10,20 roundtrip. 

Honest Greens

Food & restaurants

My favorite restaurant for Spanish TAPAS. You have to go here! (reserve in advance). *Closed till August 21 for COVID 🙁

Amazing coffee. I recommend it for Breakfast. Healthy food place with acai bowls, avocado & toast,…

The best vegetarian restaurant with a beautiful outside terrace. 

The best Latin-American food. Amazing nachos and cocktails. Located near the beach.

Good burgers & salads. Really good vibe, right near the beach.

A nice lunch spot near the beach.

Healthy Hawaiian poke fish bowls near the beach.

Spanish pinchos (small tapas). A street full of local restaurants that offer pinchos..

Go there for healthy lunch & breakfast, good coffee, juices,… They have a beautiful interior design (tropical Bali vibes). 

Drinks & bars

PLAÇA REIAL (& the cocktail bar Ocaña)
Lively square in the Gotic area with lots of bars and restaurants. MUST-GO! My favorite cocktail bar on this square is called Ocaña. 

My favorite street full of local bars, located in El Born. 

A really cool bar with good vibes (in El Born).

One of the world’s most famous cocktail bars. It is a secret bar as you have to go behind a door that looks like a fridge. TIP: there is always a long line. Go at the time it opens, have 1 cocktail and then continue your night at the bars at Rambla del Born which is very close.

Here you find some typical Spanish bars. You’ll feel like you can bump into ‘Zorro’ at any time.  

My favorite one is the bar from the edition hotel. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy a drink from the rooftop. You can also sip from a cocktail on top of the Catalan history museum. The bar is called: ‘Terassa de les Indianes’.

Plaça reial
Park Guëll


Go for a walk and get lost at in the old town of Barcelona. The most beautiful neighborhoods are called El Born and El Gotico.

Fill your tummy at La Boqueria, the famous food market near Las Ramblas.

The magical fountain show of Montjuic.  Find out fountain show times here.

Parc Guëll is beautiful and known for its famous mosaic bench.

The Bunkers del Carmel. The top of a hill with a 360 degree view and amazing sunsets. To get there take bus V17 from Via Laietana to the last stop called ‘Carmel’. It takes around 30 mins from the centre.

Go for a walk and look at the beautiful fountain and weirdos at the Ciutadella park & Arc de Triumphe.

The Sagrada Familia. Tickets to enter are between 15 – 29 euro (buy your tickets online, two days in advance, to skip the line!).

Go shopping at Passeig de Graçia and look at Casa Milà (la Pedrera) and Casa Battló.

The football stadium Camp Nou.

Nude beach. Yes, it is time to get rid of those tan lines… The beach near the W hotel is also a nude beach.

Go shopping at Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel, Carrer de Pelai, Passeig de Gràcia, Carrer de la Canuda or Marremagnum shopping centre. For unique treasures, vintage shops or a dress up party go to Carrer del Tallers. 

Explore the city by vespa for FREE

In Barcelona, you can rent a vespa by the minute and they are spread out all over the city. It is super simple and you can do it in only a few steps:

  1. Sign up on the ‘Yego’ app here to receive €5 free credit with promocode ‘FARAHINTHESUN’.
  2. Find a scooter nearby in the app (it shows you a map).
  3. Walk towards the scooter and start it with your phone in the app. Drive wherever you want to go and park it again somewhere on the street. Stop the ride again with your phone.

> Two helmets, insurance and gas are all included. You don’t have to pay a deposit.

The best way to discover Barcelona!

Enjoy your trip to Barcelona and if you see me around, come say hi!

Lots of love,


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