Barcelona is Europe's home of designer food of the sort made famous by the chef Ferran Adrià and his legendary El Bulli restaurant (in Roses, about two hours' north of the city). His influence knows no limits, and his scientific approach to cooking has been copied around the city and the world. But, to quote a Catalan friend: "Your eyes will be mesmerized ... but your stomach may remained unimpressed."
Forget what they say about Belgium, this is the best place to come for chocolate in Europe. An old-fashioned chocolatier that has occupied the same corner of the the Barri Gotic since 1827, it's not a cheap treat, but it's ideal if you want to take something delicious home. Try the dark chocolate with almonds.
Carrer del Pi, 16; Tel: 93 320 03 42
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