Collected by Zoe Block
Carrer d'Isabel de Villena, 155, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Spain is known for their paella, but as anyone in the city will tell you - it was born in Valencia! As the real home of paella nearly every other restaurant is touting their version and there is no shortage of high quality options. Listen for the...
Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Sip horchata de chufa, a sweet drink made from tiger nuts—edible roots harvested from the chufa sedge plant—while seated at an elegant marble-topped table at Horchatería Santa Catalina. Coffees, sandwiches, pastries, and artisan chocolates are...
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 27, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Watch as the chefs prepare and serve exquisite and unique versions of traditional Spanish and Valencian dishes in Quique DaCosta's diaphanous foodie haven on Joaquín Costa Street. The house cocktail, "Hola Mercatbar," is crisp but sweet, a...
Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
The tavern's curving wood and glass doors only hint at the building's centurion history. Inside, creamy, tiled walls provide a contrasting background for mahogany-colored barrels advertising spirits like brandy, anise, and manzanilla for sale....
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 1, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Skip the guided tour and spring for concert tickets instead. An evening of classical music or opera offers the opportunity to fully appreciate this building's engineering, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Show up before the show...
Carrer del Pintor López, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The Turia River bed gardens run for 9 km (about 6 miles) through the city of Valencia. The original river was diverted in 1957 due to flooding, and since then, the exposed riverbeds have been converted into wide, lush parks and gardens. The City...
Calle Pintor Ricardo Verde, 1, 46010 Valencia, Spain
Fusion cuisine (served generously) reigns at this charming eatery. Creative tapas like croquetas made from Thai chicken, or Brazilian bean stew also surprise tastebuds. The menu changes frequently, enticing diners to return time after time....
Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Centrally built in the middle of the Ciutat Vella, Mercado Central, or Mercat Central if you want to stick to the local version of Catalan is Valencia's go to market for Paella produce. Set in a magnificent Art Deco Building, it is home to about...
Av. de Suècia, 4, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Share a bottle of cava on the heated terrace. Or stop by on a game night for a beer or a cocktail and tapas with friends--Casa Candy is usually full of rowdy soccer fans, cheering on the home team.
Carrer de Cavanilles, 1, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Find public art, fountains, and unusual trees in Valencia's most emblematic garden, Jardines del Real, also known as Jardines de Viveros. The park is home to over a hundred botanical species, a charming rose garden, and exotic trees like the silk...
Plaça de Santa Úrsula, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Once part of the massive city walls, Torres de Quart was constructed between 1441 and 1460 on top of an earlier gate. At one point it housed a women's penitentiary, and later on it became a military prison. Be sure to look closely at the exterior...
Carrer del Comte de Salvatierra, 19, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Stop by this gourmet chocolate shop to try the drink of the gods: Aztec-style hot chocolate. It's quite different to the usual drink you may be used to; this is a dense 80% cocoa hit that you can dip sweetened biscuits into. The shop is also the...
Passeig de Neptú, 34, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia claims to be the birthplace of paella, so where better to try this richly indulgent meat-and-rice dish? Paella can include a variety of meats, beans, and vegetables—along with saffron—the spice that delivers its distinctive golden-yellow...
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, València, Spain
Valencia’s most iconic attraction, the City of Arts and Sciences is located at one end of the Turia River Bed Gardens, drained in 1957 due to flooding and converted into a large public park and recreational area. The complex includes...
Playa de la Malvarrosa (Valencia), Spain
At the Playa de la Malvarrosa in Valencia, you’ll find this striking sculpture, called “Water Boat Fountain” or “Fuente del Barco de Agua.” The metal frame forms the boat’s frame and mast, and ingeniously placed jets of water create the illusion...
Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Part of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, L’Oceanografic is a world-class oceanarium with an almost overwhelming amount of displays and shows. There are huge aquariums, of course, including a shark tank and a “fish tunnel” that surrounds...
Avinguda de Navarro Reverter, 8, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This restaurant serves quality Spanish food at reasonable prices and with attentive service. The lobster paella is a standout. The menus are presented in English and Spanish, which makes ordering easier. This place doesn't look like much from the...
Carrer de Sorní, 28, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Visit this bakery for croissants, cakes, and good, strong coffees. They also have freshly-baked breads and pastries to take away. The menu is available in English, the place is quaint, and it's located close to many boutique shops, making it a...
Carrer de la Nau, 1, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Translated literally, the "Museum of the Patriarch" is a permanent exhibition of religious art situated on the 16th century Patriarca site. The collection includes pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries from El Greco including John the Baptist,...
Plaça de la Verge, València, Valencia, Spain
Take a quick break from sightseeing, and enjoy an afternoon cocktail in the Placa de la Mare de Deu. Join the locals in this ‘placa culture’ – relax as you watch school children stroll by on their walk home, say hi to the neighborhood dog that...
Passeig de Neptú, 6, BAJO;DUP 6-8, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Even if time was limited, you cannot go to Valencia without trying their traditional Paella! La Pepica is a restaurant right on the sea side with amazing views of the Mediterranean, friendly atmosphere, and a killer paella.
Pça. de la Reina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia is famous for its horchata, or tiger nut milk, and Llinares Ice Cream serves a respectable version of the drink. But the daring come for outlandish ice cream flavors, from glazed doughnut to potato omelet and fresh anchovies in vinegar. ...
Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The baroque decor at Café de las Horas makes it a favorite among Valencianos for a cocktail (or two) before hitting clubs such as the indie Radio City or the Euro-style Giorgio et Enrico. Calle del Conde de Almodóvar 1, 34/963-917-336. This...
Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
The domed 18th-century pile of the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) is home to Valencia’s collection of Old Masters por excelencia. It’s a place to admire the high points of regional art, from works of the 14th century to Spanish...
Pont del Real, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
For centuries Valencia was prone to flooding when the River Túria regularly burst its banks. After the last great disaster in 1957, the city struck back, diverting the water and creating in its place a swath of parkland, Jardí del Túria (the...
Carrer de la Puríssima, 1, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
The classic choice for a midday beer or glass of wine, this busy stand-up bar established in 1946 and located behind the Lonja also serves splendid seasonal tapas like snails, artichokes à la plancha and all i pebre, a Valencian dish of eel chunks...
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