From fashion to enjoying the life while staying healthy, there are a few things you want to learn from residents of Barcelona as soon as possible.
Last updated: August 29, 2023
The more I travel, the more I’m convinced that the best way to feel like a local in a new place is by observing, learning, and doing things that the locals do. Our latest adventure in Barcelona further proved this bit of wisdom.
It seemed like the locals knew how to dress their best in any kind of weather, how to eat well and still be healthy, and even how to be so welcoming. So let me give you a quick insider’s look at the things that the residents of Barcelona excel at and the things you may want to learn more about when you visit the city next time.
6 THINGS TO LEARN FROM LOCALS OF BARCELONA
1. Friendly Folks
Residents of Barcelona are arguably the friendliest people on Earth. Don’t be surprise when a complete stranger goes above and beyond to help you navigate through the city. Whether it’s a carriage driver or a taxi driver, everybody is super attentive and gives you detailed information on how to get to your next destination.
No monetary reward or a demand of using his services is expected. The same goes with bus driver that provide you with simple road directions and make sure you get off at a right bus stop.
Even random strangers on the streets of Barcelona eagerly share smiles and strike up conversations as if you’ve been friends with them since your childhood. If you ask me, I think it’s one of the greatest things to learn from the locals in Barcelona and take with you everywhere you go.
2. Law-Abiding Citizens
You hardly see a person not validating his or her bus pass upon getting on a public transportation. (I personally didn’t encounter even a single one.) There are no free rides, and the residents of Barcelona are very familiar and agree with it.
On the other hand, many locals lose their patience when it comes to waiting for green light at crosswalks. So often, you’ll see them confidently approaching you from the other side of the street on the red light.
On top of that, pickpocketing is far from being an unheard thing in Barcelona. Thus, when visiting the city, be super street-smart and carry with you only stuff that you really need. And for your own sake, make it a habit to wear your backpack or purse in front of you where you can see it.
3. Comfort and Fashion at All Times
Just deal with it, the locals in Barcelona are fashionable. There is no t-shirt or sweatpants as part of casual look. Snickers are also kept for working out in the gym or going for a run. Instead, dress pants, all sort of dresses, chic jackets, and classic coats prevail.
Not discriminating or offending anybody, I personally think it’s such a pleasant contrast to a laid-back style typical for the streets of some big cities, such as Los Angeles or Vancouver, and is definitely one of a few things you do want to pick up in Barcelona.
4. Experts at Wearing Scarfs
Yes, scarfs, those must-have winter accessories. What else would you expect from such a stylish city? Honestly, if you are in doubt how to wear your scarf or look for a new way to do it, take a walk in the streets of Barcelona. Every woman here has her own unique way to use this accessory. And I must say, every time it looks amazing.
5. Fresh Orange Juice on the Go
This one is for sure one of my favorite things to borrow from Barcelona. For all orange juice enthusiasts, Barcelona’s supermarkets have your back. You can either get your prepackaged juice, or head over to a giant juicer and squeeze your own OJ. It couldn’t be fresher than that.
Furthermore, the prices are very reasonable. To unveil the truth, making your own juice is even cheaper than stopping by for refreshment at a juice stall. I wish only that US supermarkets would incorporate this brilliant idea soon.
6. Fit and Healthy Despite Tons of Bread
The locals in Barcelona eat a lot of bread and make it widely accessible. From baguettes to croissants, tarts, pies, and cakes, the carbs are everywhere. What surprises me the most is how they can remain so fit and healthy. There is no clear answer to this question. So don’t even bother to explain or rationalize it. Instead, follow the locals’ lead and carb your way through Barcelona.
TIP: If you are looking for more information about Barcelona, please check out the following guides.
- Guide: The Ultimate Barcelona Travel Guide (Where to Eat, Stay, and Play)
- First Time in Barcelona: Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona on Your First Visit
- Make tapas at home: Travel Inspired Recipes: Patatas Bravas