Poppy's Top 10 Picks for Valencia

Poppy Jefferson

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Discover the beautiful and sunny town of Valencia with these top 10 picks and great advice from one traveler to an other!

1. Top picks for Cocktails

Café de las Horas just off the famous Plaza de la Virgen, is a traditional Spanish bar with a beautiful baroque interior. There you can try the infamous Agua de Valencia cocktail (one of my favourites) made with orange juice, gin, vodka, and sparkling wine. You can even buy it by the litre to take away – ¡viva España!

For a more funky setting head to Hawaika which is slightly out of the centre in Extramurs but well worth a visit with a group of people, as you’ll get to sit in your own Hawaiian booth!

2. Top Pick for Italian Food

Calling all Italian food lovers to go to my favourite restaurant, San Tommasso . I highly recommend the carbonara. If you are feeling like treating yourself try the San Tommasso pizza (bit more expensive): topped with passata, an entire blob of burrata, serrano ham and olive oil you will be living (tasting?) the dream!

3. Top picks for Restaurants

The group of restaurants under the name Voltereta are great fun and an absolute must!

Voltereta, Bienvenito a Bali is my favourite but you’ll need to book well in advance, especially if you intend on being a big groups.

Voltereta, Bienvenito a Casa serves similar food but the atmosphere is more relaxed. Located in Beniferri, it is just a short metro ride from the centre.

A new location, called Manhattan, opened just after I had left but I am excited to try it out as soon as I get the chance to return to Valencia!

4. Top pick for cheap drinks

Most4Food  is the perfect spot for some super cheap post lecture drinks with friends. Order a 5L jug of cubo de sangría for only 9€ and some nachos and patatas bravas for when the munchies kick in!

5. Top pick for an outdoor activity

Enjoy the landscape surrounding the artificial lake by the Hemisfèric in the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias  by renting a kayak. It’s a great way to make the most of a sunny day and it’s only 5€ per person for 20mins! You also have the option of renting a boat but I found the experience less enjoyable as the oars kept slipping out and we almost capsized!

6. Top picks for Bars

Some of my favourite affordable bars are in El Carmen.

Café Sant Jaume has 5€ Apérol Spritz (which is considered expensive for Spain, can you believe it?!).

La Taberna de Marisa and Café Infanta have a beautiful shared outside area next to a funky yellow wall, which creates a fabulous, cosy atmosphere for evening drinks. You can enjoy their terrace throughout the year thanks to their outdoor heaters. 

7. Top picks for Brunch

Valencia has some great brunch spots for those lazy Sundays or when you just need a taste of all things British.

Brunch Corner in Plaza de la Virgen is always packed so it is definitely worth booking. Luckily there is also another smaller one in Plaza de Sant Bult. My favourite thing to order are he torre de pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, tasty and great for sharing with friends.  

Bastard Coffee and Kitchen is a good space to study and grab some food. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls but make sure you ask them to heat it first!

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy Brunch with a view of the sea there are quite a few options. I recommend  either Boa Beach on Las Arenas beach or, La Más Bonita which has three cafés of which the one on Patacona Beach has a great atmosphere.

8. Top pick for Churros

When at Valor make sure your order some of their chunky churros with the four different dipping chocolates for the most indulgent experience.

9. Top pick for a Sweet Treats

La Horchatería de Santa Catalina is in Plaza de la Reina and has a traditional Spanish interior. Try the churros as well as the buñuelos which are more like doughnuts made with pumpkin and tend to only be available during the winter. Nevertheless, make sure you sample both with chocolate! 

10. Top pick for Spanish Food

La Horchatería Daniel situated in the Mercado Colón, offers the best horchataa local specialty made with tiger nuts and cinnamon. You will either love this unusual drink or hate it but in any case I find it’s an excellent hangover cure especially with a fartón!

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