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Posted on Mar 12, 2017

Best Non-Touristic Things to do in Barcelona:

Best Non-Touristic Things to do in Barcelona:

Barcelona has become a tourist capital on a worldwide level, and locals but also tourists feel it. For this reason in this article I propose some authentic places to discover in Barcelona that are off the tourist route. I have seen a nice study held by Ok apartment Barcelona where they asked 850 expats about mass tourism.

Mass tourism of Barcelona

In OK Apartment Barcelona we wanted to know what were the thoughts about the worst of Barcelona by the expats that have been living more than three months. We interviewed 850 people in the streets and the most recurrent answer about the worst of Barcelona was “mass tourism”.

There are some opinions of the neighbors of Barcelona: Excessive mass tourism” / “Too much tourism all-year / “Selling the “BCN brand” has made the city into a theme park” / “Many tourists. Too many promotors.” / “Tourists come and look at the city as their own”, / “Misbehaving tourists”

Everyone who has been living in Barcelona for a moment knows what tourism is and what it is to live surrounded by people from every corner of the world.  That is why we wanted to share with you the best non-touristic places and restaurant to go, avoiding the typical tourists “must-see”

Places to visit out of tourist routes:

Horta’s Labyrinth Park:

In a straight line, near the stop of the Mundet green line, you will find the Horta Park; An attraction away from chaos and relatively little visited by tourists, which opened to the public in the years 1969. A true oasis of peace, with its gardens, lakes and labyrinth structured strictly in the neoclassical style. The gardens of Horta’s Labyrinth Park were designed by the Italian architect Domenico Bagotti and executed by a French gardener, Delvalet, when a Catalan nobleman – at the end of the 18th century – decided to rebuild the area, formerly owned by his family.

El Clot neighborhood:

Located to the north of Barcelona, ​​the neighborhood of El Clot is unknown for the majority of tourists and is inhabited mostly by Catalans. Of course, it is not famous for its nightlife, as it only has small bars where the locals go. The Rogent street, but, is full of shops, shopping centres and restaurants, so you feel like on the Ramblas, but with a lot less people. In El Clot you will find friendly Barcelona people who are more than willing to give you advice on what to visit and where to eat. This is a good neighborhood for your stay: quiet and well connected to the city centre. Above all, do not miss a visit to Parc del Clot and a stop for lunch or dinner at “El Cocinero“, where you can enjoy quality products and excellent service at affordable prices. In the neighborhood of El Clot there is also ample space for outdoor sports such as squash courts and boules, as well as playgrounds.

Collserola Park:

It is the green lung of Barcelona that extends for 8,000 hectares in the middle of nature, with the possibility of walking or mountain biking, away from the hectic city life. Among the many things to do you can even walk up to the Water Road: a path of hills, closed to traffic and from which you can see all of Barcelona … Do you like the idea of seeing the sunrise in silence with the City at your feet? A non-touristy Barcelona is, therefore, possible. Just out of curiosity, take a different route than the rest of the people and approach the population of Barcelona, but away from the confused and crowded centre.  A different way to discover the city, perhaps the most authentic.

Where to eat as a local:

Orígens in Grácia :

The atmosphere is the most relaxed, the Cava Catalan flows and the tapas are fresh from the same day and in abundance. Next to the delicious tapas of squid and sepia, we find the “musttry” Cake of spinach and cheese. The Catalan. Orígens is undoubtedly the perfect restaurant for an indulgent dinner of the most enjoyable.

El Cafetí in Raval:

The well-known and sometimes discredited El Raval district also offers you plenty of gastronomic spots to discover. Very close to the famous Paseo de las Ramblas, there is the Catalan restaurant El Cafetí. This place brings you the traditional Catalan cooking right in the heart of Barcelona away from the tourist hustle and bustle.

  • Information El Cafetí
  • Address: Sant Rafael street 18, 08001 Barcelona
  • Website:
  • Hours: 13:30 – 15:30 and 20:30 – 23:30

Bodega Vasconia Casa Miguel in El Born:

This genuine and authentic Restaurant of the year 1905 has been wondering for more than 100 years the inhabitants of Barcelona with its delicious tapas. Here you can try all kinds of tapas, so eat until the body can endure for a price more than fair. Tip: Try calling ahead to reserve a table!

  • Information Bodega Vasconia Casa Miguel
  • Address: Carrer d’en Gignàs13, 08002 Barcelona
  • Telephone Number: 0034 933 152 156
  • Website:
  • Hours: 12:00 – 16:00 (except Monday) and 18:00 – 24:00

Aguaribay in Poble Nou:

And last but not least, we have prepared a recommendation for vegetarians and vegans in a less touristy area of the city. Catalan cuisine is traditionally based on meat and fish. But that is no reason for vegetarians and vegans to have to give up enjoying Barcelona cuisine. That’s why I wanted to add this advice to friends of vegan cuisine: Aguaribay! This restaurant prepares wonders of Catalan and Mediterranean gastronomy with vegan ingredients. Enjoy it!


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Images credit (under CCL) by order: feature, Horta, Barcelona food market