Time once again for the Countdown to TechEd Europe! While planning your trip to beautiful Barcelona for Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014, make time to visit some of the city's best restaurants! Good food is everywhere in Barcelona, so we sent Rick and Joey around Barcelona to try to help you narrow it down to the top choices—where you're sure to have a memorable meal.
La Bombeta Tapas Restaurant
This popular local bar serves some of the best tapas in Barcelona. A 100-year-old, family-run business, La Bombeta retains the authentic charm of its Barceloneta neighborhood, formerly a fishing village. Two Bombas (potato "bombs" with meat filling and a spicy sauce) are €3.90. Try the calamari—it's amazing and so fresh! This is the perfect place to grab a pint and lunch away from the tourists.
You'll be amazed by the pastries in the glass display at this historic Pastisseria, serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and much more since 1929. The quality is superb. We especially enjoyed the espresso and coffee—their coffee blend has been handed down for generations. Or, try the hot chocolate with cream and churros. They've got it all, from sweet treats to sandwiches and salads. The perfect choice for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snacks.
This historic factory building, opened in 1864 by Louis Moritz (founder of Moritz Beer), has been completely renovated and redesigned by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel. The result is an immense and spectacular space—where you can drink great beer and enjoy amazing food. For beer enthusiasts, there is a small showcase brewery and tasting bar, as well as a beer museum. Chef Jordi Vilà, who has a Michelin star at the Alkímia Restaurant, designed the menu for Moritz around Catalan cuisine. It's hard to believe you're in a brewery...the food is that good.
If you're planning for a group, they have various private rooms, including a room that can host a 350-person standing cocktail party.
If you're looking for atmosphere, this is the place for you—and the food is fantastic, fresh, and always changing. There's a Sangria bar at the entrance—they serve 55 different types of Sangria, with five bases including red wine, high-end red wine, Cava, Champagne, or non-alcoholic. Most choose to add mixed fruit. Yum! Also at the entrance is a ham bar, and upstairs you'll find a Seafood Planchette (grill). Downstairs, the nightclub is open from 23:00 – 03:00. The extensive menu spans breakfast specialties, tapas, and desserts. They serve Paella Catalan-style (no saffron), with stock made fresh every day. Their fall specialty is White Truffles, and we look forward to enjoying Foie Gras with White Truffles! Follow their very active social channels for updates on what the chef is serving and other fun social updates.
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