With incredible places to eat on every corner, here’s our pick of the best places to eat in Valencia
Chef Quique Dacosta has three restaurants in the city and this is his swanky Michelin starred fine-dining restaurant. The small space is really contemporary, with art-clad walls, low lights and wonderfully relaxed service. The emphasis is on great food and you will be wowed by dishes like Cuba Libre Foie Gras and Black Rice with Duck and Truffles.
A scruffy tapas bar on the outskirts of Rufassa that sells some of the most authentic tapas in the city. Don’t be fooled by the slightly run down look. Take a steat and order cold beers and bravas – soft potatoes served in a rich tomato sauce and covered in sharp garlic aioli. Utter heaven.
Mercado de Colon
A modern food market with loads of little brasseries and bars. You can pick up a posh burger, crisp white wine and even an epic brunch in Ma Kin Café. There is loads to choose from, so come hungry.
Central Bar in The Central Market
A tiny tapas bar in the centre of Valencia’s indoor food market. Make your way through the vibrant fruit and veg stalls and take a seat at the bar. They serve everything from breakfast to the some of the best tapas in the city throughout the day.
La Mas Bonita
Head to the beach for sun, sea and sand and make sure that you stop off at this quirky café for a bite to eat. Enjoy healthy dishes like fresh seafood salads and pasta with green pesto and vine tomatoes, before diving into one of their home made cakes – the chocolate cake is ‘orgasmi’ – their words not mine!
A laid-back beach restaurant with a stunning walled garden. They are famous for Paella and you can take you pick of local rice dishes, cooked to order over a wood burning stove. We love their Valenciana Paella made with rabbit and snails. And the griddled sepionets are fantastic – like little cuttlefish, cooked in butter and parsley, with dark ink oozing out. Lunch starts late, so don’t get here before 2:30 or the place is empty.
A slick family owned ‘gastro-bar’ with a long modern bar, statement lights and mis-matched furniture. The food is modern, with dishes like chicken and duck cannelloni, ham croquettes and slow cooked suckling lamb with a cheese and celery puree.
A smart little restaurant, tucked away down a quiet street in the Old Town. Enjoy a traditional plate of Ibérico ham, before you feast on mains of beef cheeks and asparagus risotto. Get there early and enjoy a beer on the lively Plaza Negrito just outside the restaurant.
An old-fashioned tapas bar on the corner of a quiet little square with traditional wooden seating inside. Feast on huge crispy calamari rings with aioli and salty mussel croquettes. The specials change daily, so make sure that you ask your waiter what they have.
This cool neighborhood is jam packed with incredible places to eat. Head down Casal Noscarmientas and take your pick of fabulous restaurants, El Camerino Taberno is a must!
We also love in Russafa:
Olhöps – a laid back craft beet bar.
Bar Vermuteria – a cool little place for tapas and late night drinks.
El Almacen – a wine bar with a stunning section of local tapas.
The Black Turtle – tex mex and plenty of tequila.