Discover the authentic side of Barcelona.


Welcome to Hearts of Barcelona

My name is Sanne de Vries, a girl who exchanged Rotterdam for Barcelona and fell in love with the city.  In June 2019, my boyfriend and I felt it was time for a change – new jobs, new people, and most of all: new adventures! That’s why we packed up our things and decided to move.

Being a UX designer during the week, running this blog is my weekend passion – there’s nothing I enjoy doing more than wandering the streets of Barcelona in search for a great new find, and connecting with the people driving it. Besides this being a great way to meet new people and getting to know the city, it teaches me about people’s motivations. What stands out is that though it can be daunting to start your own business, it is also one of the most rewarding things you can do!

Why the name?

After my first week in Barcelona, my Google maps already counted over 50 little hearts. Places I visited and loved because they all had one thing in common: they are unique to Barcelona and each contribute to making the city a little more colourful. ‘Hearts’ simply because these are my favourites, but even more so because they are created by passionate individuals: the hearts and souls of the city.

The idea behind Hearts of Barcelona

By starting this, I hope it will make the authentic parts of Barcelona more visible for people who like exploring this side of the city. At the same time, the blog aims to help entrepreneurs and creatives to tell their story and be seen.

Want to get in touch?

Do you have a question or are you interested in collaborating? I’d love to hear from you – reach me by sending an email to

With love,


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