You’ve had a long day at the Congress. Your feet hurt (note to the ladies: take flat shoes!). You grabbed lunch between meetings. You need a long/soft/stiff drink to recharge your batteries ahead of the party-filled night ahead.
The Liberty team knows that feeling well and nothing is worse than searching in vain for a good restaurant when you’re hungry and with limited time before you’re due to hit the dance floor. So, if you’re stuck in the city or working late at the Fira, here’s some of our restaurant suggestions to help you stay fed and watered while making the most of the busiest mobile show of the year:
Els Pescadors – Selling itself on seasonal produce and as suggested by its name, Els Pescadors brings in fresh fish from the markets of la Platgeta, Arenys y Vilanova, Esteve Montes del Poblenou y Oscar (el Baleta) every day. It tries to keep alive old traditions while bringing in modern touches too.
Cuines Santa Caterina – Located in the brand new Santa-Caterina’s market – renovated by top architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT – Cuines is perfect for either larger or fussier groups. The name ‘Cuines’ nods to the restaurants four different kitchens and with a choice of Asian, Meditteranean, Italian and Vegetarian fare there really should be something for everyone.
Bar Mut – While we probably can’t recommend this as the cheapest option in Barcelona, there’s no denying that it’s tapas is superior to many other restaurants in the city and including options like carpaccio of sea urchin and fried eggs with foie. With an ineffably Gallic feel, etched glass and bronze fittings, it’s definitely an experience you’ll remember in weeks and months to come.
Spiral – Almost directly opposite the Fira, Spiral offers its diners reinvented Spanish cuisine with impeccable service to match. While there’s no doubt it will be packed during the week of Congress, it is the perfect venue for lunch meetings, working dinners or a relaxed evening meal before the night ahead.
Casa Varela – A traditional family-run restaurant near the South entrance, Casa Varela gets great reviews from Spanish locals. The menu offers a mixture of local and European cuisine and while the owners don’t speak perfect English , they are used to hosting corporate events and visitors from the Fira Gran Via and provide a service to meet that need.
Granja Elena – Described by some as the best restaurant in the area, Granja Elena has the atmosphere of a small local bar but offers truly fantastic Catalan dishes. Ingredients are all sourced locally but as this is a small venue – 28 seats only – reservations are absolutely essential.