Paris is a city known for being the center of fashion, art, culture and world-class restaurants. There is something so special about Paris that you can’t wait to show it to your kids. But for most children, a trip to Paris means only one thing: Disneyland. Don’t let you persuade! We have some great ideas, activities, and addresses which will keep your children entertained and will please the parents. You won’t find another guide to get faster on the Eiffel Tour but some cool insider tips from Parisian mother and blog reader. So read on and dive into the charm of Paris.


When to go: The best time to visit Paris is from April to June and September to early November when the weather is mild. From July 15 until the end of August almost all Parisians leave for holidays and Paris is an empty place and only filled with tourists. This can have its charm but personally, we prefer Paris with its inhabitants.

Where to stay: Paris has a multitude of hotels, from the nice design hotels to huge luxury palaces like the Ritz. Check out in which Arrondisment you want to stay before booking a hotel. You can also check Airbnb but the prices have increased in the last years.

What to do: Visit museums and galleries, spend your days in the parks, enjoy some shopping… Moreover, we will present to you the good addresses in the following paragraphs.

Transportation: The public transport system is excellent. The buses and the subways are operational until around 0.30 at night. If you are really in a hurry, you can always take a taxi or an Uber. You also have the usual e-bike rentals like Bird or Lime.

Currency: Euro

Language: French is obviously the official language. However, the local population mostly speaks English.

Budget: Is Paris an expensive city? Basically yes, but there are also good plans. For accommodation, count at least 150 Euros. For meals, prices range from 20 Euros upwards. The tip is appreciated in all restaurants!

Transport: The Paris Visite travel pass allows you to use all of the public transport networks: the metro, tramway, bus, RER, and SNCF Transilien networks.

Prices for 1 day: 12 € for adults, 6 € for children (10-15 years) | 2 days: 19.50 € for adults, 9.75 € for children | 3 days: 26.65 € for adults, 13.30 € for children | 5 days: 38.35 € for adults, 19.15 € for children.



A walk on the beautiful île Saint-Louis is undoubtedly one of the visits not to be missed during a stay in Paris. It offers a peaceful timeless atmosphere and magnificent views on both right and left banks and on the Seine. All the buildings on the Ile Saint Louis date from the 17th century and most of them are beautiful ‘Hotels particuliers’. They have the typical iron balconies and carved stone doorways. The roads around Ile Saint Louis are narrow and cobbled and very few cars drive through. It is a pleasant place to walk around with your kids.
And why not finish your walk by a visit to the most prominent ice-cream maker of Paris, Berthillon.


29-31 rue Saint-Louis en l’île | 75004 Paris

The small shop and tearoom are located on the east side of the Rue Saint Louis en l’Ile, just before the crossing with the rue Des Deux Ponts. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am till 8 pm. At peak hours, the line gets really long. But apart from the main shop, most of the Cafés, brasseries or tea-rooms of the Island offer Berthillon ice-creams


Even if your kids don’t speak french, visiting a typical children’s theatre in Paris is a real pleasure and your kids will quickly get into the story and will follow the spectacle like the little Frenchies. There are many different theatres and shows around Paris and we suggest that you have a look at the website Fnac Spectacles , where you can buy the tickets online.

 If you prefer to see a typical french Guignol Theatre, you can go to the Jardin Luxembourg. Ther e is no need to take the tickets in advance, just be there 10 minutes before the show begins. For more info go to their website.


6, rue de la Folie Méricourt – 75011 Paris

Housed in a paved courtyard, La Folie Theater is a small charming theatre in the 11th arrondissement and one of your favorite ones. In the afternoon they propose different shows for kids. You can find their program online on this website.


Paris is THE place for hunters and collectors. There are always new boutiques with the latest trends and concepts to discover. Stroll through the beautifully decorated Le Bon Marché, discover the latest trends in kid’s clothing and toys at Smalllable or get some new books at one of the established book shops in the 6th arrondissement. Paris is heaven for hunters and collectors, but not only to find the latest products but also for antiques and vintage treasure. Take a tour at the St. Ouen Market or on one of Paris Flea Market.


24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

Le Bon Marché is the temple of shopping for most Parisians. The selection is sophisticated and you will quickly get lost in the huge offer of products and nice decoration. The kid’s section has a nice offer of kid’s clothes and toys as well as a corner for children’s books.


Bonton is a lovely French Brand with a few shops around Paris. It’ main concept shop is in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris where you can find the brands clothing line, toys, decoration and furniture and even a hair dresser for kids.


We hope you enjoy reading as much as we do. Even if you don’t speak very well french, it is worth taking a closer look at some french children books, especially the beautifully illustrated versions for the smaller ones. Most of the book shops have an english corner. One of our favorite one is Chantelivre. They have large children’s books corner with a great selection.



13 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris


With its many playgrounds and its idyllic setting, the Jardin des Tuileries is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. You can stroll along the Louvre and the Pyramide and enter the park from the East entrance. Under the huge chestnuts trees, in the center of the park are hidden two outdoor restaurants. This park is a favorite place for many Parisians who spend their free time relaxing on the legendary green Fermob chairs places all around the park.

When you walk across the park in direction of the Place de la Concorde, you come along a large playground, a carousel, and some trampoline park. Your kids will love it!


There is a way to see the most emblematic places in Paris easily and in your own time. The cruise down the River Seine allows you to take in many of the highlights of the city—the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, etc.—as you float along the famous Seine River. There are many operators, but the offer and prices are almost the same everywhere. You can choose between 30 minutes or a 1-hour cruise. Go to their website if you want to book a special cruise like a lunch or dinner cruise.



1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris

Boats leave from the Square du Vert Galant near the Pont Neuf on the tip of the Île de la Cité (within walking distance of Notre Dame). 

Prices: 14 euros for adults and 7 euros for children 4-12. You can find special offers when you book through their website.


The Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Jardin d’acclimatation are two attractions situated in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. When you buy your entrance to the Fondation Louis Vuitton you can enter for free to the Jardin d’acclimatation. It is a nice way to combine an exposition with an afternoon at the Jardin d’acclimatation where you find many attractions, some free play areas, many activities for nature lovers and lots of other interesting things for all the family. 


8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris

Frank Gehry imagined an architecture inspired by the glass Grand Palais, and also by the structures of glass, such as the Palmarium, which was built for the Jardin d’Acclimatation in 1893. The resulting glass building takes the form of a sailboat’s sails inflated by the wind. (wiki)


Bois de Boulogne, Route de la Porte Dauphine

Mini–roller coasters, mirrored funhouse, pony rides, and more. The entry fee is €5 (for adults or kids over 3), as are the actual rides, which you can buy in bulk at varying rates. 


Apart from the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, known for having the most impressive art collections in the world, Paris has many other incredible museums and galleries worth a visit with your kids. Many of them offer workshops or special kids tours. Here is a selection of our favorite ones:

Line in front of the Mona Lisa | Louvre

Centre Pompidou

A new-age architectural masterpiece that houses over 100,000 pieces of art. The Centre Pompidou is often considered to be a shrine dedicated to modern art. It offers exhibitions, debates, and movies. The Kids Gallery is a special exhibition area designed for children under the ages of 16.


♥ Musée Rodin

The Musée Rodin is situated in the beautiful Hôtel de Biron, a superbly maintained early 18th-century mansion with a huge garden with a pond, rose garden, ancient trees (some over a hundred years old), a café and numerous Rodin sculptures for you to admire.

Musée du Quai Branly

The Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is a space dedicated to the arts of non-Western civilizations. It is known for its unusual design by Jean Nouvel. The exterior of the building almost seems alive with plant walls and wild gardens, while the interiors are dark, winding, and dramatically lit. You can take one of the family guided tours the museum offers. During the hour-long tour, you’ll discover objects from different continents, from rare pieces to temporary exhibits.


Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The MAD is situated in the west wing of the Louvre. It has a large collection of Applied Arts & Design, Advertising & Graphic Design, and Fashion & Textiles.  It is home to some 16,000 costumes from the 16th century to the present day but only displays during regularly scheduled themed exhibitions.


Palais de Tokyo

 Palais de Tokyo   


Palais Galliera | Musée de la Mode

If you enjoy fashion, this is definitely the place to visit. A stone’s throw from the city’s most prestigious haute couture boutiques in the 16th district, the Musee Galliera is housed in a Renaissance-inspired palace. The museum has no permanent collections, so check out the current exhibition on the official website.

Musée Rodin


If you really want to take a dip in the Parisian local culture, visit Le Marché des Enfants Rouges. It is the perfect place to taste a wide variety of food and choose from one of the many stalls that serve dishes from all over the world. It’s a charming spot in the Marais and we recommend it highly for a nice family lunch served on the small typically French tables.

Don’t miss the little shops around the Market like the small charming Photography Shop near the main entrance. They have a wide choice of beautiful ancient photographies, views of Paris and portraits of Parisians in black & white.

When you walk on the Rue de Bretagne you quickly spot the incredible Cheese Shop, who has a waste choice of French cheese. Further down the street, you come across some of the trendy cafés like the famous café Charlot or Le Progrès. Yes, it’s time for coffee on a terrace!


rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris


38, rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris


The Cite des Sciences is the largest science museum in Europe, which is located within the Parc de la Villette and is suitable for all ages with so much to discover, with a focus on science and technical knowledge, that has numerous interactive activities and sections for children upwards. It’s probably one of the best museums to visit in Paris with kids as it is highly interactive and fun.

In a cavernous concrete block of a building, you’ll find the Cité des Enfants where kids can spend a 90-minute session exploring all sorts of things scientific. There are two entry options for the Cité des Enfants – one for kids aged 2-7 and on for kids aged 5-12.  We recommend buying your tickets online to pass the queue.  

Tickets cost €12 per adult and €9 for children.


The Jardin des Plantes is a lovely 17th-century garden to enjoy a stroll with your kids. Moreover, inside this garden, you will find a playground, some greenhouses and even a zoo (la Ménagerie) with more than 200 species of animals like panthers, crocodiles or orang-utans. Just next to the garden is situated at the Natural History Museum. The Evolution Gallery (Grande Galerie de l’Evolution) is very impressive and shows many realistic models of extinct species. 



57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Located at the northwest side of the Jardin des Plantes, the Ménagerie is France’s oldest public zoo. It was created in 1794 during the French Revolution to house the four survivors from the Royal Ménagerie of Versailles. Nowadays, its inhabitants include vultures, monkeys, orang-utans, ostriches, flamingos, a century-old turtle, plus another one rescued from the sewers, a gorgeous red panda and lots of satisfyingly scary spiders and snakes.


2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris

Just next to the Jardin de Plante is located the Great Mosque of Paris with its traditional restaurant “Aux Portes de l’Orient” and its teashop. Have a break with your family and enjoy Turkish delights and other sweet oriental treats while sipping a mint tea.




When you visit Montmartre, begin your visit at the Abbesses metro station instead of Anvers, where most tourists start. You can then walk up to the Sacre Coeur through the charming narrow streets of the Montmartre district. For lunch, there are many small cafés and cute restaurants around rue des Abbesses.  Avoid the very touristic restaurants on the Place de Tertre.

Once you arrived at the Sacré Cours you can enjoy the incredible view over Paris. The best moment is at sunset. Explore the tiny, winding little streets behind the famed old basilica, for a nice sunset-hour walk you won’t forget. 



12 rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris

A very nice small restaurant with a mix of French and Asian cuisine. Reservation is a must! 


It goes without saying that you’ll have to spend the night somewhere. The big question is which hotel to choose, as the choices are vast. We’ve prepared a selection of great places:

Mama Shelter is located in the 20th district and was designed by Philippe Starck. It feels rather out of the way, but this is an interesting area both now and historically when it was home to industrial workers. The metro is around a 10-minute walk from the hotel and takes you to the center in 20 minutes. It’s a trendy establishment with a colorful restaurant, a lively bar, and a seasonal rooftop terrace. It features as well an amusement area with table football and a gift shop. A top hotel to stay if you want to avoid the crowds in the center.

It’s one of the city’s more relaxed, easygoing, and affordable (for Paris) options, it’s also in a great location just a few steps from Grands Boulevards Metro Station. Set in a historic 18th-century mansion and now classified as a monument historique, the Hoxton Paris is undoubtedly the most beautiful place to stay for a few nights.

Staying the night at this luxury hotel is a real treat, like a slice of paradise in the middle of Paris’s beating heart. Le Meurice is an inspirational and fascinating place where 18th-century splendor and the most innovative modern comforts sit happily side by side.  Across the street are the Tuileries Gardens, home to a carnival in the summer months and Paris’ famed carousel. This makes it one of the most central locales in the entire city and a perfect place for families. Then there are the connecting rooms, perfectly designed for families of four. There’s no doubt that this Parisian locale has a certain joie de vivre.

A very cozy and nice address in the center of the Marais and perfect when you travel with your family. The famous Place des Vosges is just across the street and many of the top shopping addresses are situated in the Marais like Merci or APC.

It’s an elegant, family-owned boutique property, located in an aristocratic mansion. You can expect a warm, low-key welcome, comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast. Some of its best dining spots are a short walk away.

The Hotel Crayon takes us back to the time of classrooms, blackboards, pencils, and boxes of colors that have shaped our childhood. This Parisian hotel has colorful decorated walls and furniture to welcome its guests in a happy atmosphere. Located in the 1st district, Hotel Crayon is situated in the center of the city and close to all main major sight-seeing spots.

Parisian real estate being what it is, there’s almost no way to open a hotel that’s both humanely comfortable and genuinely affordable within the actual city limits. Which is why you’re looking at a hotel in Saint-Ouen.

Tablet’s first hotel in the Parisian suburbs is the product of Cyril Aouizerate, a hotelier whose populist bona fides are indisputable — he was one of the co-founders of Mama Shelter. So we’re inclined to trust him when he says his new project, Mob Hotel of the People, is worth a few extra minutes on the Métro.

We hope you will enjoy your trip to Paris. And don’t forget to send us your best tips and addresses in the comments section. 

See you soon for new adventures!


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At 2,128 meters above sea level, and overlooking the spectacular Lake Lucerne, the legendary Mount Pilatus (or “Pilatus Kulm”) is part of the Swiss Alps. Many legends are behind the name of “Mount Pilatus” – formerly called “the broken mountain” – and many of them imply the existence of dragons who would have populated these mountains. Among them, a legend tells that in 1421, a dragon flew to Pilatus. He was seen by a farmer who, not believing his eyes, lost consciousness. When he awoke, he found as the one and only proof of the passage of the dragon, a piece of coagulated blood and a stone with extraordinary healing properties, later called “dragon stone”. Another legend says that its name is due to a Roman emperor, Pontius Pilatus, who would have ordered the death of Jesus Christ and that the devil would have punished him by throwing his body in one of the lakes bordering the mountain.

Today, Mont Pilatus is a renowned excursion site that welcomes visitors from all over the world each year, for an experience closer to nature, totally suitable for a trip with children. The “Golden Circuit” formula around Mont Pilatus can be done from Lucerne, and it will take you about a day to fully enjoy this extremely diverse trip. Boat, rack railway, gondola and cable car “Dragon-Ride”: embark on a memorable family adventure, through breathtaking landscapes.



Golden Tour packages include a boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad through the impressive Lake Lucerne, which offers a breathtaking panorama of the alpine landscape. From Alpnachstad to Pilatus Klum, take the famous cogwheel train invented by engineer Eduard Locher and put it into service in 1889. Regarded as the world’s fastest cogwheel train, this daring electric train (since 1937) moves on an area with a gradient of 48%. It takes 30 minutes to get from  Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm.

A trip during which you can admire impressive landscapes composed of rock formations, forests and wild meadows. Arrived at the summit thanks to the “Dragon Ride”, the famous and vertiginous cable car of Mount Pilatus, a panoramic view of exception will allow you to admire no less than 73 alpine peaks, as well as lakes and surrounding villages. You can descend from Pilatus Kulm in Lucerne in the famous “Dragon-Ride” (cable car) and thanks to the panoramic gondola that will allow you here again to appreciate the wild beauty of this exceptional natural site.

                  View on the Lake Lucerne from Fräkmüntegg


The Golden Tour of Mount Pilatus promises great family moments thanks to the activities specially set up for the delight of the children. In addition to the Pilatus Dragon Trail, with legends and other fantastic myths about the history of this mountain, you can enjoy the PILU LAND adventure park on the Krienseregg. The nice Red Dragon welcomes young and old in his castle and his forest for a moment with a happy and playful family. 

On Pilatus Kulm, discover the fascinating “Dragon World” exhibition, a veritable interactive saga. Finally, on the flank of Mount Pilatus, the famous summer toboggan run in Switzerland, located in Fräkmüntegg promises thrills and unforgettable moments for the whole family.


   View from Pilatus Kulm

On the way, many restaurants welcome you, offering breathtaking views and offering à la carte typical Swiss dishes. If you want to extend your stay, you will also be able to sleep at the top of Mount Pilatus or in an unusual accommodation located in the trees in Fräkmüntegg, and go down the next day. Excursions on the “Golden Circuit” formula are generally possible from the beginning of May to mid-October or the end of November depending on the agency, and you will need to pay around 100 euros for an adult and 50 euros for a child. Mount Pilatus is a very popular tourist place, think, as far as possible, to book your tickets in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises.


                                                                                                                                                                                          Back to Lucerne with the boat (80 minutes)

Discovering Mount Pilatus with kids is one of the top listed things to do in Switzerland. The many activities for young and old, the possibility of having a picnic with a great view or sleep under the trees in the forest makes this place an exceptional stay for the whole family.

We hope you will enjoy your trip to Mount Pilatus. 

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Cultural Getaway in Florence, Italy

Cultural Getaway in Florence, Italy

From the sky, the roofs of Florence beam as bright as the sun, blanketed by millions of red terracotta tiles protecting historic buildings and landmarks built upon the ancient city. But as amazing as the Italian city looks from the sky, it’s at ground level where you’ll want to experience Florence.

Florence is an unparalleled adventure trip, brimming with exciting landmarks to see and food that will make you want to never leave. It’s time for you to pack, because you won’t want to miss another second in Florence, Italy!

Read on for things to do, places to stay, and where to eat while you explore Florence, Italy.

See the Sights

There is much to do in Florence! But if you want to visit the best sights in town, here are a few special landmarks that await you.

The Jewel of the City – Florence Cathedral

Piazza del Duomo | 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

If Florentine residents were to pick the most notable place in Florence, it’d surely be Florence’s grand cathedral. The Italian gothic building, designed by Arnolfo del Cambio and completed in the 1300’s, is one of the most revered cathedrals in the world. It’s hard to miss, too—it’s one of the most massive and breathtaking architectural phenomenons in all of Florence.

Ponte Vecchio

Reaching across the river Arno, the Ponte Vecchio is an old and historic bridge built as early as 996 AD—it’s definitive origins are not known. Along the bridge are street vendors, art, tiny shops, and even a few snacks. Don’t forget to take a family photo here!

Boboli Gardens

Piazza Pitti, 1 | 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Spanning over 45,000 square feet, these meticulously-kept gardens are as palatial as they are beautiful. Roll around in the grass, grab a cup of coffee, and breathe in the lovely scents from trees, plants, and flowers from all over the world.

Food the whole family will love

If you threw a rock in Florence, it’d likely land in front of a world-class restaurant. But we have a few favorites perfect for a hungry stomach.

Ristorante II GuscioVia dell’Orto, 49 | 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

If you’re tired from seeing Florence’s landmarks and want to sink into a beautiful dinner, make way for Ristorante II Guscio. The famed wine selections from all over the world effortlessly pair with Tuscan and Italian classics, making for a culinary experience that’ll be hard to forget. Make this stop your nice evening out.

Trattoria MarioVia Rosina, 2, Florence | Tuscany 50123, Italy

This little Florentine eatery may be easy to miss, but it’s worth the treasure hunt. This often-busy restaurant is light on the wallet and heavy on the flavor—come for lunch, but get here early. The best options tend to sell out quickly, and seats fill up fast!

You can’t say no to dessert

Keep the kids (and yourself) happy with a tasty treat. Explore some of the options below for authentic Italian sweets!

Gelateria La CarraiaPiazza Nazario Sauro | 25/r, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

If you and the family are shopping for local favorites, look no more. Gelateria La Carraia boast some of the smoothest, most luscious gelato in all of Florence. Grab a cone and watch your little ones light up with a smile (put a smile on your own face, too—you deserve it!)

Try the Delizia Carraia—a creamy treat with chunks of white chocolate, a pistachio sauce, coffee, and a mousse tiramisu. Find this gem off the Ponte alla Carraia, the second bridge west of Ponte Vecchio (on the Oltrarno side).

Bar PiccioliVia Borgo Ognissanti 118R | 50123 Florence, Italy

Florence is famous for gelato, but if you’re craving a delicious pastry, head to Bar Piccioli to recharge with a creamy coffee while munching on a homemade struffoli, zeppole, or torta caprese.

Art & Culture

Florence is bursting at the seams with museums, art, and culture. Whether you’re in Florence for a day or a month, be sure not to miss our following favorites:

Statue of David

Galleria dell’ Accademia de Florence |Via Ricasoli, 58/60 | 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

One of the most recognizable statues in the art world is Michelangelo’s statue of David—and the statue itself draws in 1.5 million people per year! The 17-foot depiction of the biblical character—the shepherd that defeated a giant warrior—is indeed on display in Florence, but there are a few copies throughout the city. The real David is viewable at The Galleria dell’Accademia. Time it right—the gallery is closed on Mondays!

Palatine Gallery

Galleria Palatina | Piazza de’ Pitti, 1 | 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

There are a number of amazing museums in Florence packed to the brim with awe-inspiring works of art. But the Palentine Gallery, located adjacent to the Boboli Gardens, has less of a crowd and spares no expense at the enlightening displays of magnificent art. Since the locale is a smaller museum, art is organized in a different way and not according to chronology—it’s designed for an intimate setting and a sensory experience.

The best places to stay in Florence

As an old-world city in a new-world era, Florence is teeming with ancient lodging and modern hotels. Here are a few exceptional hideaways:

The Westin Excelsior | Piazza Ognissanti 3 | 50123 Florence Tuscany, Italy

If an authentic Florence stay is what you and your family seek, the Westin Excelsior is one of the best selections in town. The hotel itself is a cultural experience, with finishes like stained glass and hanging tapestries. Sitting smack in the middle of Florence and on top of the Arno River, the Excelsior’s rooftop bar boast 360-degree city views—have a glass of vino as you stare out into the captivating city!

Authentic Florence with AirBnB

Be in the heart of Florence while staying in a restful abode. If a relaxing stay is what you’re looking for, try this AirBnB rental—it’s an authentic Tuscan apartment with exposed brick and a glass door leading out to a lovely garden for the kids to roam around in.

Unparalleled Views and a Unique Setting

Instead of a typical hotel or home, stay in a fully immersive Florence hideaway. Casa Barthel, a family-friendly home build atop a tree, is surrounded by olives and pines and is only 15 minutes away from the city center.

Florence is a popular place to visit, attracting over 10 million visitors a year—for good reason. The city of Florence is a cultural playground for anyone interested in art, but those visiting may be fascinated to know that almost a third of the entire world’s relevant art treasures reside in Florence! If it’s arts and culture that you seek, Florence is your dream family trip.

The off-season for visiting Florence is typically November through March, and there are special sales to take advantage of in January where you can buy high-end luxury items for cheap. Although you may be missing bright patches of sun, it may be in your interest to make your way here during these times to escape the crowds, inflated pricing, and long lines streaming out of shops.

Whatever period of time you decide to visit, one thing is a must—you and your family surely need to come and experience all this beautiful, ancient city has to offer.

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Marrakesh | A city of alluring contrasts

Marrakesh | A city of alluring contrasts

Marrakesh is a magical city. The exceptional light, the multitude of scents and the frenetic and vibrant medina make the visit of this city a unique experience.  When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakesh in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he decided to buy a house here and returned regularly. At that time, Marrakesh was still an intact jewel, known only to creative people. Today, Marrakesh stands out more than ever by its contrasts. In addition to the lively trade in the various souks, the latest Concept Store and galleries of young designers and talented artists are popping up everywhere.

Marrakesh is a great travel destination to discover with kids. They will find in fact an incalculable number of things to discover and test. Alone, a walk through the vibrant streets of the medina is a fascinating experience. Everything is narrow and a bit rugged. The round gates and oriental doors of the Riads  remind us the tales of the Arabian Nights. The bargaining that takes place in the different souks is a real event that children are not ready to forget. Here, haggling is a tradition and a true art and you will wonder how your children will learn it much faster than the adults.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

All roads lead to Jemaa el-Fnaa. Even if you have already come to Marrakech and rather dislike packed tourist areas, you will still come back here for the incredible and unique atmosphere. We recommend visiting Djemaa el Fna before sunset. You can witness how the place transforms from minute to minute and fills with different food trucks. Tables and benches are set up, smoke fills the sky and the atmosphere quickly fills with the delicious scent of grilled meat skewers, fried seafood and other Moroccan delights. If you prefer it less crowded, you can watch the hustle and bustle from one of the cafes around the place. Enjoy the magic moment with a Moroccan mint tea or freshly squeezed orange juice for the kids and some “cornes de gazelles” (Moroccan patisserie).

Here two of our nicest places with a view:

Café de France (terrace on the 2nd floor) | Jamaa el-fnna/Rue des Banques | Marrakesh 40000 | Maroc

Nomads1 Derb Aarjane | Marrakech Medina | Maroc


It’s better to come to Marrakesh with a empty suitcase and a few extra euros to enjoy shopping. A hand-woven beach bag, new Babouche for the little ones or a Berber carpet for the children’s room.  It’s really worth buying souvenirs because here you want find any Chinese kitsch.

The souks of the medina are a veritable labyrinth of craft shops, arranged according to craftsmanship. More than 2600 craftsmen offer their services here in over 20 different souks. Some are only preserved for tourism, as the souk des Teinturiers, which has lost its activity due to the increasing use of industrial paints. But you can still find some small workshops where traditional dyeing is practiced. The colors of the suspended drying yarns are definitely a spectacle and your kids will love this burst of colors. Another of our favorite souks is Souk Chouari at the northern edge of the souks. Here you will find a large selection of hand-woven products such as baskets, straw bags and hats.

In recent years, a new generation of young artists and designers – international and Moroccan – have moved to Marrakesh, making it possible to find boutiques and galleries that reinvent the country’s handicraft. One of the main causes of this change was the recent rediscovery of the Moroccan craftsmanship.

Here is our top two (in the map below you have, as usual, all our addresses at a glance):

Lrnce59, sidi Ghanem | Marrakech | Maroc

33, Rue Majorelle | 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Maroc


When traveling with young children, it is not always easy to visit all the attractions of the city and it can be overwhelming for a kid. But with a little advance planning and a playful way to show them the beauty of those places your kids will spend a very exceptional moment. The Bahia Palace & Ben Youssef Madrasa will surely leave you all with a lot of impressions.

The Bahia Palace dates from the 19th century and has more than 160 rooms and a garden of eight hectares. It is a masterpieces of Moroccan architecture and one of the most important monuments of the country’s cultural heritage. The palace was built and decorated by the then best Andalusian and Moorish craftsmen. The detailed ornaments and mosaics reminded me of the Alhambra in Granada.

For the visit you should calculate about 1 -2 hours. Only a small part of the palace is open for visitors, because the rest is reserved for the royal family. The garden provides lots of peaceful, shady spots and making it a good alternative to the hectic medina. We recommend a visit in the morning which is the quietest time to visit.

Palais de la BahiaAvenue Imam El Ghazali | Marrakech 40000 | Maroc

Opening times: Monday – Thursday | 9 am – 17 pm

Entry price: 1 Euro

Ben Youssef Madrasa is another impressive masterpiece of the oriental architecture that is worth a visit. It is the largest medersa in North Africa and one of Marrakech’s most picturesque buildings. In the heart of the souks, this medersa–a theological college–once boarded some 900 students for religious study.

Madrasa Ben Youssef was converted into a museum in 1960 and has been one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech since its renovation in 1999 (it will reopen in 2020).

Ben Youssef MadrasaRue Assouel, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Opening times: Monday – Sunday | 9 am – 17 pm (Actually closed for renovation until 2020)

Entry price: 6 Euro


Jardin Majorelle is one of Morocco’s top tourist attractions and was bought and restored in the 1980s by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. In view of its popularity, the garden is often very busy and we recommend visiting it early in the morning.

A few meters away, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in 2017. The Parisian Studio KO designed the museum, commissioned by Pierre Bergé. Its exterior incorporates terracotta brickwork designed to recall the warp and weft of fabric, as well as curved and angular volumes in earthen-coloured terrazzo.The museum’s 400-square-metre permanent exhibition space, is designed by scenographer Christophe Martin, and showcases 50 couture creations.

The 40 years of Yves Saint Laurent’s life work gives this place an incredible power. After your visit, you realize that his work has been an incredible enrichment and has contributed to the emancipation of women. The caban, trench coat, tuxedo, smoking, Saharienne belong today to the wardrobe of every woman.

Musée Yves Saint LaurentRue Yves Saint Laurent | 40000 Marrakech | Maroc

Opening hours: Open all days from 10 am – 18 pm, expect Wednesdays

Entry price: 100 DH

If you are planning a trip to MarrakeSh with your children, you can be sure to travel home with a lot of impressions. The many contrasts, smells and the incredible colors of the city will all be remembered for a long time.

Here you will find our tips for accommodation in Marrakesh. Click for info.


  • Enjoy the frenetic atmosphere of the Jemaa el-Fnaa square at sunset
  • Being awakened by the call for prayer
  • Try a hammam with your children. Most Riads offer Hammam and some have a “Light Program” for kids
  • Stroll through the souks, bargain the right price, discover, get lost


  • Take the Baby carrier! The streets are narrow, uneven and very busy.
  • Take good attention to the small kids when you walk through the streets. In the narrow streets of the medina many mopeds circulate at a relatively high speed. 


  • When a place is packed with tourists, there are of course some people who want to sell you some useless stuff. Say no, if someone offers you a free city tour, an unnecessary product or wants to paint a henna tattoo on the arm of your kids.
  • Marrakech is a desert town and during the summer months temperatures can rise over 40 degrees. Do not forget the water bottle and keep your fingers away from the ice cubes!
  • If you have the chance to stay a little longer in Marrakech, you can spend a few nights in a Riad in the Medina and then change to a quieter hotel with swimming pool in the Palmeraie.
  • The souk is like a big, hectic labyrinth. Keep an eye on your kids (this is not the place to play hide and seek!)


  • The best time is definitely in spring (mid March – end of May) and autumn (mid September – mid November) with pleasantly warm temperatures. In midsummer temperatures can exceed 40 °C and in winter the nights are mostly cold and temperatures can drop under 8 °C.

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Called by the locals “city of poetry”, “city of love”, “city of eternal spring”, or “city of thousands of pines”, the Dalat Valley is a well preserved jewel of Vietnam. It was discovered in 1893 by the Franco-Swiss doctor Alexandre Yersin, and is located in the center of the Lang Bian plateau in southern Vietnam. Perched on the mountains and almost touching the stars, its view is breathtaking. Dalat is a must destination for all nature lovers.

On its winding roads surrounded by pines and cherry blossoms, Dalat mesmerizes through its waterfalls, lush forests and fairy gardens. The atmosphere overlooking the valley is foggy, adding to the charm of the place, a magical and mysterious air.

As stated, the Dalat Valley is not lacking in charm and offers a host of warm places. The summer season is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy the mild temperate climate of the valley.

Step 1: Relax and letting go

Around a glass of herbal tea or a freshly made local coffee, we marvel at the breathtaking view over the valley. The fresh air and the beauty of the place are conducive to meditation, reading or writing. After breakfast, we take the cable car that connects Robin Hall to Truc Lam Pagoda (Buddhist temple), to erase all traces of sleep under the mild sunlight.

The scenic landscapes of the Dalat Valley offers deep moments of well-being and allows to escape gently the routine of everyday life. Without going far, it is possible to stroll along sumptuous flower gardens, the emblem of the valley. Every two years, between the end of December and the beginning of January, the Festival of Flowers takes place in Dalat where floral species from all over the world are showcased.

Calm and serenity are in the spotlight and allows us to take a calm moment sipping a cup of Nước Mía (refreshing local drink made from sugar cane).




Appreciated by its spectacular view, peaceful garden, and its independent coffee shop, this homestay is excellent for lounging and letting his mind wander around a cappuccino. You can book the small cozy greenhouse in the middle of the garden, for a private dinner surrounded by water and the nature.


10A Triệu Việt Vương | F3  Đà Lạt


This family-friendly, trendy, vintage-style homestay is endowed with a wonderful environment where life is good. What strikes during the first visit is the omnipresence of the plants, inside and outside. A huge garden allows the relax and the kids enough space to play.


38 Khe Sanh | Ward 10 | Đà Lạt



This Zen Valley resort draws its inspiration from Swiss chalets and offers all kind of activities. Take a deep dive In the infinity pool before the sun goes down to contemplate the breathtaking view of the green hills. After a good night, grab your towel and spend some time in the sauna. On the program: detox massage. 


86 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh | 084  Đà Lạt



Sleeping in a small wooden cabane in the middle of a pine tree forest? Waking up with an amazing view over the valley while listening to the birds singing?

The Hill House is situated in the middle of a pine forest and combines modernity and comfort with a look worthy of the most opulent wooden chalets. Once installed and settle in comfortably, it becomes almost too difficult to go out on an adventure.

A haven of timeless peace, this chic and graceful villa looks like a lost castle in the forest. However, when you enter, we discover a welcoming place. It contains a nice terrace and an outdoor pool nestled between a multitude of trees. On the menu: well-being and relaxation.

Located at the corner of Hao Hong Road, Dalat Wonder Resort is one of the most popular resorts due to its proximity to Lake Tuyen Lam where you can rent a boats and spend some quality moments . One of the best choices is to opt for one of the private chalet located directly in front of the lake.

Step 2: Take a cup of energy

In Vietnam, the coffee culture has become a huge business. Today, Vietnam is the second largest exporter of coffee beans in the world. Moreover, strongly supported by the government, many families grow their own coffee and make their business. With its worldwide recognition, the coffee shops in Dalat serve many flavor, from drip coffees to classic lattes. It’s almost a must to go there and taste the different variants and coffee preparation. One of the most famous and expensive coffees in the world is the “Weasel Coffee”. This speciality coffee is produced through a long and time-taking process. Here is a link to a very good coffee website which explains in detail this unique process. But what about the price? For 1 kg of Weasel coffee, you pay nearly $ 500 !!

In the north of Dalat, 10 km from the center, the coffee plantation K’ho opens daily its doors to coffee lovers and all those who like to deepen their general culture. This flavorful excursion puts all the senses on alert. In addition to a tour of the plantation, you can learn about the process of coffee making and taste different freshly roasted coffee .


In contrast to the big cities where people swallow their coffee quickly, because time is money, Dalat preach the slow coffee tasting. It is a national art and many come to the valley to enjoy it. Most of the local coffee shops are tastefully decorated: wooden tables mixed with vintage furnitures or a minimalistic Japanese interior, your can find a large range of great coffee shops. Most of them also serves healthy lunch prepared with products from the local farms and tasty pastries. 

It is extremely difficult to choose which café to chose. Moreover, once the place is chosen, there is another Cornelian choice: what to drink? So here are several addresses of hip cafes in the valley:

STILL CAFE 59 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 9, Thành phố Đà Lạt

A warm and comforting Chalet between pine trees. The garden invites to relax and taste a nice capuccino. They have nice and freshly pressed fruit juices.

LE CHALET 6 Đường Huỳnh Thúc Kháng, Phường 4, Thành phố Đà Lạt

The large garden with its different flowers and plants let you feel like in the middle of the jungle. It’s a special place to have lunch or just enjoy a local coffee.

TiêM CAFE THÁNG 3 số 4 Đống Đa phường 3 | 66000 Da Lat

This coffee is our secret address and not known by lot of travelers. The baristas are just world class and the location is amazing, especially the view over the city and the valley.

KOKORO CAFE | WFH2+CV Thành phố Đà Lạt

Another special location you won’t find in any tourist guide. Kokoro Café is a Japanese café with a large garden and huge fish pond where you can spot koi fishes. It’s located in the north of Dalat but well worth the detour.

Step 3: Immortalize the moment

Dalat is a sweet paradise for photographers and it becomes irresistible not to snap or post on Instagram. Posing in front of the waterfall, in the middle of a flower field or in front of a hipster cafe is an obsession for many local tourist which we observe with a little smile on our face.

In view of a wonderful day ahead, you probably looking for an outdoor activity. Hiking, canoeing, bike riding, boat tour, etc. but what to do ?

Here is a list of places we can recommend:

Lang Biang Peak

Lang Biang is located 12 km from Da Lat centre and is within an easy reach by car, or a local bus. The Lang Biang Peak is the roof of Dalat, sitting at a height of 2,167 meters above sea level.  You need to buy a ticket at the checkpoint (around 1 Euro) to enter to Lang Biang. You will first walk through strawberry fields, veg greenhouses and coffee plantation and then entering the forest. Once in the forest the path is getting steep until the 2nd Checkpoint. The trek, depending on you and your families level, takes approximately 2-3 hours. Here is a link to great blog post with many useful infos.

Samson Mountain

Ba Mountain is a great spot for trekking, camping, bird watching, also exploring the culture of ethnic groups, the K’ho people. Climbing to the top of this 1,700-meter-high mountain and you will be able to observe the entirety of the majestic scenery of Dalat and Tuyen Lam Lake.

Pongour Waterfall

This waterfall is also known as the greatest waterfall in Central Vietnam, and it totally deserves this honorable name! The height of cascades is nearly 40 meters and stretches more 100m through terraced stones.

Read here for more info about the Pongour Waterfall.

Prenn Waterfall

This waterfall is located at the foot of Prenn Pass, which is 10 kilometres from Dalat. The Prenn Waterfall has a height of 9 meter and a width of 20 meter and you can actually walk under the waterfall. The area near the waterfall has been refurbished and features now a suspension bridge, cable cars, houses on stilts, tree houses, souvenir shops and restaurants.

Along with trekking, Dalat welcomes the tourists to pay homage at the famous Buddhist Temples also called as Pagoda. Here is a list of a few who are on top of our list:

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Constructed in 1950s, this temple is the Disneyland of pagodas – in a good way. It crams so many  gorgeous sights in one area that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed. The pagoda has several large altars, a huge tower, and many other record-setting features like the biggest bell in Vietnam. Linh Phuoc hosts some truly amazing and inspirational works of Buddhist art. The most eye-popping feature remains the broken pottery and glass used to coat the majority of the temple.

♥ Truc Lam Temple and Monastery

Truc Lam is Vietnam’s largest Zen Monastery located just outside Dalat on a mountaintop with a great view on the Tuyen Lam Lake and the surrounding highlands. A cable car from Robin Hill brings you to the top for around 70,000VND ($3USD). There are nice walking paths around the monastery and you can even walk further to the Tuyen Lam Lake and enjoying the lake or have a nice boat ride.

The legacy of french colonialisme

The Valley of Dalat was discovered by the french doctor Alexandre Yersin. He created a resort center in the highlands during French Indochina and became a retreat area for the soldats to recover from the hot climate. The French colonial style still dominates Dalat and is today mixed with some brutalist apartment blocks, grand colonial villas and pretty wooden cottages.

The uncommon and laissez-faire approach of town planning will not only interest architecture lovers. You can learn more about the history of colonialism and the fascinating history of certain buildings through guided tours organized by the valley. Dalat is definitely a treat for architecture lovers. Here are some of the building worth a stop:


1 Ngô Quyền, Phường 6, Thành phố Đà Lạt

Catholic convent open to the public. The church is located atop a hill in Da Lat. It is built in a style reminiscent of 17th Century French architecture. 



Đường Quang Trung, Phường 10, Tp. Đà Lạt

 The station was designed in Art Deco style which is perfectly in harmony with local characteristics and culture. Since 1991, Dalat railway station provided tourists with the 7km route from Dalat to Trai Mat station.



18 Đường Lê Hồng Phong, Phường 4, Thành phố Đà Lạt

Vaccine Research and Production Center. It was designed by the French architect Paul Veysseyre.



29 Yersin Street Dalat

The Lycée Yersin was a school founded in 1927 in Da Lat, Vietnam, to educate the children of French colonialists and upper class Vietnamese. The French architect Paul Moncet designed the building and supervised its construction.


DALAT’S night market

Dalat’s night market is huge and the stalls are spread over a wide area. The selection ranges from warm clothing, suitable for Dalat’s chilled temperature, to delicious vegetable, fruits, flowers, and handmade wooden articles. Dalat night market also features an area dedicated to street performance. Youth groups practice and perform hip-hop dancing, roller skating and other sporty pastimes.

A trip to Dalat is full of unique memories. Difficult to forget the sweet scent of pine trees or the sublime vision of the valley and its highlands. To prepare your trip to Dalat, we added all addresses to the map, including the places indicated above:

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20 unmissable things to do in Barcelona

20 unmissable things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona seems to find its way onto most people’s itineraries… and for good reason. It has a vibrant food scene, fantastic art and architecture, great Mediterranean weather and beautiful beaches. And it’s simply a great destination for a weekend trip!

Barcelona is a fantastic city but usually gets very crowded during the summer months. Many sightseeing places and the city center get packed with people and you’ll have better to keep away from those places during peak season (July/August). I have listed for you our top 20 Barcelona highlights providing a perfect mix of “must seen spots” and hidden places known only by locals.

In the map below you can find our best addresses and itineraries of Barcelona.


We really love Barcelona during the off-season, when beaches are empty. Already in March the temperature is very pleasant and you may have a nice walk and lunch at the Barceloneta beach. You can rent a bike and  enjoy a cruise along the beach in direction of the Port Olímpic. The restaurant close to the beach are great to have lunch and enjoy the fantastic view.

During summer months, beaches in Barcelona  are always packed with endless people and are really and crually lacking. If you want to spend a relaxed day at the beach, follow the locals and head to one of the beaches near Tarragona, called playa de la Roca Plana” and the Cala Fonda” (called Waikiki Beach by the locals). 

To get there you need to walk 20 minutes but its definitely worth the effort and you will feel like at the Costa Brava or in Menorca.  Dont forget to pack enough water and food for the day (there is no bar/restaurant around).

 The easiest way to get there is by car. You have many car rentals in the center of Barcelona, like Avis or Europecar. The price for a day rental is around 40 Euros depending to the season.

Park your car near  La Mora Beach in Tamarit (Tarragona). This is the closest place where you can park. Then its a 20 minutes walking to the Roca Plana” beach or 30 minutes walking to Waikiki beach.

Check out the itinerary in our map below.

2. Sagrada familia, park güell, casa vicens – visit Gaudí’s incredible work

The architecture in Barcelona makes this city unique. Its wide range of modern and traditional architectural style, standing side by side throughout the city, is creating a beautiful balance between old and new. Antoni Gaudí is Barcelona’s most famous architect and has given the city some of the most incredible and distinctive buildings. He worked on all his creations until the smallest detail, integrating into architecture a whole series of hand-crafted works of which he himself mastered the techniques to perfection: ceramics, glassmaking, ironwork, carpentry.

His most incredible and famous work is the Sagrada Familia. The construction still started in 1882 and is actually planed to be finished in 2026. Here you can watch an impressive 3D video on how the Sagrada Familia will look once finished.

  • Better to buy your tickets online to avoid long queues. You have different ticket option and guided tours which you can book directly on the official website.
  • The Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am everyday and it’s surely when there is the least number of people. 
  • If you are planning to go on top of either of the towers, keep in mind that children who are less than 6 years of age are not allowed.

3. Stroll through the narrow streets of  Gothic District

The Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, is a dense web of historic buildings and shady atmospheric squares located between Las Ramblas and Via Laietana, and has formed the central part of the Old City since Roman period. The Gothic District is full of character but also is one of the most touristic aeras in Barcelona and can get very crowded during the high season in July and August. Nevertheless, it is a nice district to stroll through the very narrow, winding streets and explore the amazing medieval architecture.

Some of the classic sightseeing spots in the Gòtic neighborhood are the Portal del Bisbe (Bishop’s Gate), the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, Plaça Reial or Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Here are our top picks for the Barri Gòtic:

Eat/Drink: The Gothic District is a very touristy area and definitely not the place where you find the best restaurants of Barcelona, most of the restaurants are tourist traps or uninspiring fast foods. But if you are in the area and hungry, we recommend you 2 traditional restaurants.

Bodega La Palma | Carrer de la Palma de Sant Just, 7 | 08002 Barcelona

El 4Gats | Carrer de Montsió, 3 | 08002 Barcelona

4. Try out some real good tapas

Barcelona is heaven for all foodies and one of the world’s best cities when it comes to eating and drinking. The offer is varied and of high-quality, from the neighborhood Tapas bars that’s been around forever to the more than 30 Michelin stars restaurants.

In the map below we have listed our favorite restaurants.

5. Visit one of Barcelona’s covered Food Markets

La Boquería is no doubt one of Barcelona’s most famous tourist attractions. The fresh ingredients and cooked foods available are impressive and it’s a culinary icon of Barcelona. There are a couple of well known legendary tapas bar within La Boqueria ( El Quim De La Boqueria or Bar Pinotxo) where you can eat while being surrounded by the busy market environment. If you visit during high season try to come early in the morning or visit one of the less known markets. The Santa Caterina market or the Mercat Sant Antoni are a good alternative.

6. Visit Barcelona’s great museums and expositions

In Barcelona’s museums you’ll also find plenty of collections that span from medieval period to the 1990s. Here is a list of our favorite art museums:

  • Museu Picasso – The museum features over 3,500 works of art by Picasso, one of the larges Picasso Collecion in the world.
  • Fondació Joan Miro – A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró was created by Miró himself and built in collaboration with the architect Josep Lluís Sert.
  • MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani – Every weekend, the MACBA offers an ongoing program targeted for families, which combines tours of the exhibition galleries and workshops
  • MNAC – Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – The MNAC collection includes what is believed to be the largest collection of Romanesque art in the world.
  • CaixaForum – Is one of the city’s  architectural jewels lesser known. This cultural center has 4 art expositions, an auditorium for special shows, workshop and movies for kids

We also recommend two great Science Museums:

  • Cosmo Caixa – offers an amazing experience for everyone interested in science and nature. You can see live experiments in physics, geology, biology and mathematics. The highlight is certainly the “Underwater Jungle,” a 1000 square meter greenhouse with real crocodiles and 30 meters high trees behind the ceiling-high glass.
  • Museu Blau –  The massive blue triangular shaped building is an architectural masterpiece of Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Museu Blau features a permanent exhibition called “Planet Life”, which covers the progress of our planet from the beginning to our days.

7. Get lost in the Park del Laberint d’Horta

This is Barcelona’s oldest garden which is situated outside the crowded city center among the hills of Horta district. It’s one of Barcelona’s best kept secrets and a great spot to spend a relaxed family afternoon. The highlight of the gardens is, of course, the neoclassical-style labyrinth standing at its center. Apart from the labyrinth, the park also has a large playground, an outdoor/cafe bar, picnic areas, and gorgeous landscaped gardens to contemplate.

Entry price: 2.50 Euros (cash only)

Opening hours: December to February, daily from 10am-6pm; March and November, daily from 10am-7pm; April and October, daily from 10am-8pm; and from May to September, open 10am-9pm.

Laberint d’Horta Park | Passeig dels Castanyers, 1 | 08035 Barcelona

8. Explore the mount Monjuic

Montjuïc is a great place to escape the noisy city life and relax in the many green areas and parks. Possibilities are wide on the small mountain of Montjuïc and it is easy to find a quiet place for a  picnic. We reveal our best addresses for Montjuic here in another dedicated article.

9. Design, fashion & street food at Palo Alto Market

Palo Alto Project started with the idea of transforming an old factory into a space that brought studios and creative professionals’ workshops together. Today, it’s the most popular street market in Barcelona with live music, workshops for kids, fashion & design stalls and insanely good food trucks. Make sure you won’t miss it. It takes place the first weekend of every month.

Palo Alto Market | Carrer dels Pellaires, 30 | 08019 Barcelona

10. Relax in the Parc de la Ciutadella

When you need a rest from the bustling city take a walk through Barcelona’s most famous Parc de la Ciutadella.  Locals love to organize picnics here, play table tennis, practice yoga or to have their kid’s birthday parties, while tourists come to soak up the atmosphere.

11. Visit the trendy El Born District

El Born is one of Barcelona’s trendiest districts, located between the Ciutadella Park and El Gotic. It’s a very historical district in the heart of Barcelona, an old craftsmen area in the past. Nowadays, it’s filled with nice restaurants, trendy bars and concept stores. It’s also home to some famous places as the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona’s most stunning concert hall or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.

Here are our top picks for El born:


Casa Lolea | Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 49 | 08003 Barcelona


Bornisimo | 08003 98, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Baix | 08003 Barcelona

Tinycotton | Passeig del Born, 7 | 08002 Barcelona

Gidlööf | Passatge Mercantil, 1 | 08003 Barcelona

12. Take a Ceramic or Mosaic class 

Barcelona is a great place for creative people. The city offers a large range  of courses in different artistic domains. Here are two of our favorite addressses:

Atuell Ceramic | Carrer del Montseny, 45 | 08012 Barcelona | Spain – Open from Mon – Fri, 18.30 – 21h.

Mosaic Course by LÍVIA GARRETA | Carrer de Pere Serafí, 39 | 08012 Barcelona

13. Watch a movie under the stars

During summer months, the Sala Montjuic takes place in the garden of the Castillo Montjuic. This popular outdoor cinema starts always with live music. Friends and families gather together for a picnic, to listen to music before movie session begins. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets in advanced here.

14. Enjoy a swim with a view

Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool is located up in the mountain of Montjuïc and has one of the most spectacular view of the city.

15. Explore Barcelona’s most bohemian district

Gracia is our favorite district in Barcelona. It’s a very bohemian area, home for young families and working artists which has retained a village feeling. In the crowded summer months this area is a much more pleasant than the stuffed neighborhoods near the sea. We have dedicated an entire blog post on Gracia and reveal our best addresses. Find out more here.

16. Get the best view of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the cities that has quite a few things you can only experiment here.  Like the Tibidabo Amusement Park, on top of the Tibidabo mountain or the carretera de les Aigües with an incredible view on the city. Find out more in our special Tibidabo post here

17. Have fun at a Summer Open Air or Street Festivals

There are so many things to do in Barcelona during summer! Eeach district has its own festival but the most extravagant is far and away the Festa Major de Gracia. The residents transform streets into pirate ships, rainforests and Jurassic landscapes depending of the given theme. You can find over 600 activities, from concerts to ‘sardanes’ and bouncy castles for kids.

If you like open air concerts we can recommend Primavera Sound or the Cruïlla Festival both located at the Parc del Forum with a view on the sea.

18. Bargain in one of Barcelona’s Flea Markets

“One man’s garbage is another man´s gold”. That´s the main philosophy of the Flea Market Barcelona, which is organized monthly in the streets of Barcelona. Here is the link for the upcoming markets: Fleamarketbcn

Barcelona’s Encants Vells is the largest second-hand market and one of the oldest in Europe. You can find everything from rare antiques, second-hand books, ornaments, cameras, furnitures and clothes.

19. Try Calçots, the Catalan green onion

Calçotada is something that is completely unique to Catalans; it is a grand celebration, a winter barbecue where the calçots are packed tight on a grill – it’s a type of spring onion crossed with leek. You peel off the outer skin and then dip them in a delicious Romesco sauce accompanied with all type of grilled meat . The Calçotada menu runs from November to April, whilst the spring onions are in season.

Here are 3 restaurants where Calçotada is served in and outside of Barcelona. Don’t go without reservation.

20. Go to see a movie in the charming cinema Verdi

The movies in Barcelona are mostly spoken in Catalan or Spanish. The Cine Verdi is one of the few cinemas where you can watch movies in the original version. It’s a small and charming independent cinema situated in the Gracia district . 

Cinema Verdi | Carrer de Verdi, 32 |  08012 Barcelona

Things NOT on our list:

Las Ramblas:

La Rambla is still on the lists of many tourist guides and travel blogs and we don’t really know why! It’s a pedestrian street packed with tourists and sellers of cheap trinkets. Restaurants on Las Ramblas are overpriced and serve low quality food. Better to stay away and to enjoy some more authentic spots in Barcelona.        

The Beaches during peak season:

From June to August, Barcelona’s beaches are over crowded with annoying tourist and the sea along is very dirty.  You won’t find many locals at the Barceloneta beach during Summer months. If you like to spend a day at the beach, go to Tarragona, Sitges, Castelldefels or the Costa Brava.   


Flamenco comes from the south of Spain, from Andalusia and is not a Catalan tradition. In Barcelona, Flamenco shows have mainly appeared in response to tourist’s expectations.

Shop at Z*** & Co.:

Prices are even lower in Spain due to small transport costs but the quality remains the same, cheap & low. We prefer to buy in small local shops where you can find nice and unique designs. Check out El born or the Gracia district where you can find many local design shops.    

Check out all our best addresses in the map below (we update our maps regularely).

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