Barcelona, Spain things to do: Tips from an expat

WHO Paul Morris, 37, owner and cultural tour guide,

FROM Melbourne, in Barcelona for 11 years.

SEE Casa Batlló – book tickets online: they're cheaper and save waiting at the ticket office. For me, it's the most impressive work by the Antoni Gaudí, one of the most popular and famous architects in history,

DO Carretera de les Aigües is a walking or running route at the top of the city that is ideal for those who like to explore off the beaten track. At nearly 10 kilometres long, it is flat, unpaved and without traffic lights, making it a great disconnection from the mayhem of the bustling city centre,

EAT Restaurant La Perla Bcn is a family-run classic serving traditional Catalan cuisine since 1965, and open only for lunch. The must-eat would be the fideuá de marisco: it is like a paella, but more typical to the province where the rice is exchanged for short noodles, 62 Paseo de la Exposición, Poble Sec.

DRINK Enter the Pastrami Bar and walk through the fridge door on your left to find Paradiso, one of Barcelona's most stylish, hidden cocktail bars. My favourite drink there is the La Caipiriña Mediterránea,

AVOID Eating or drinking on the Rambla, which has become a tourist hot spot with overpriced drinks and expensive, poor-quality food in venues no longer owned by locals. Check out the La Boquería market then move a few streets away. And as in any large European city, watch out for pickpockets.