This massive market is stuffed with stalls selling fresh fruits, veggies, olives, preserved foods, hot meals, heart attack-inducing amounts of jamón, and glistening seafood for days. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s worth just wandering through and checking out the wares. Make sure to go in the morning, before the place gets packed with tourists.
8. Drink cava at the locals’ favorite spot
Sangria is for tourists. Yes, you should still drink it, but the real action is in cava -- the bubbling wine that is Spain’s answer to Champagne. Join locals and expats in the know at Can Paixano, the badass brunch spot/tapas bar/purveyor of cheap and delicious cava. The place is usually jumping on late Saturday mornings, when you’ll have gourmet bocadillos and (many) glasses of bubbly for under €5.