This restaurant has several attractions that make it a good choice if you want to discover a new place to fall in love with, or just impress someone when inviting them to dinner.
Starting with its central Location opposite the cathedral and next to Miguelete. It is a locale that goes a little unnoticed, in a small corner with an old facade, a little neglected, behind which you cannot imagine what lies...A bus! Yes, yes and yes, inside the restaurant is an old bus, and the best part is that in the kitchen ... You’re able to see how they make your dinner :)
To make your wait a little more enjoyable you have a white paper doily and a container with colours, so let your imagination run wild...
On the walls you can see "works of art" left forgotten by customers who exited happy with full bellies. There are also posters and paintings, as well as beautiful lamps. The best part, the pancakes! Needless to say they are yummy.
This creperie is always packed so booking early is advised. There are two dinner shifts: at 9 and at 11 pm.
A unique and authentic locale, one of the few remaining in Valencia, it’s in the heart of Cabanyal, a step away from the seashore. It remains the same, hopefully for many more years, this winery that on Saturday mornings has hoards of crowds waiting at the door.
When you sit at a table there are already pickles and regional hot chocolate waiting; What’s more they are accompanied by bravas (diced potatoes) and a typical salad of tomato, onion, black olives from Aragon, chopped garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and a drop of vinegar. The combination is exquisite, once you try it you will not forget it, I'm talking about the lunch that men of the area gobble down until 12 on any given morning.
Then the horse meat sandwich and sides, the real house specialty, or pork loin, sausage omelette, etc... Almost a bar long, and at the end the cremaet with coffee beans included, a treat and an indulgence at the same time. At noon the fried cod is a specialty, the garlic chicken or rabbit as well.
A ten for the friendly and professional service, I don’t know how they don’t go crazy with the hullabaloo there always is.
I think San Tommaso is the best Italian restaurant in Valencia. They have a large variety of dishes, and all of the pasta and pizza is homemade. It's located in the historic center of Valencia, near Calle Caballeros. Don't miss out!
Just as well we saw this restaurant, because otherwise we would’ve ended eating burgers! We were having dinner at the Papardella last week, and I must say is one of the few restaurants in which I've had real Italian food, with the ingredients they add to give that special touch to the pastas, pizzas etc. Undoubtedly we’ve discovered one of the best restaurants in Valencia from now on.
Highly recommended, their pasta above all.
Xingu is a Brazilian pizzeria located in the Valencian neighbourhood of Benimaclet. It is one of my favourite places to dine, for its food and décor.
They have a variety of starters like cosinhas, sausage and cheese bread, which are rolls with Xingu cream cheese and on top a piece of ham, sausage, chorizo ...Finger licking good! The Brazilian-style chicken is also very nice.
They have a variety of main dishes, but I advocate the pizza because I'm a pizza lover and in particular those of Xingu I adore! You can find everything from pizzas with typical ingredients to other less common components: corn, pineapple...
I recommend the "cogumelo" (with mushrooms and ham) and the "alto Xingu" (onions, Aragon sausage and Xingu cream cheese). You can also choose from 3 different bases.
On Tuesdays, on request, you can enjoy a feixoada, which is a typical Brazilian dish which the brave season with chilli, to get the most authentic Brazilian flavours in your mouth.
On the menu you can read about the history of the locale. Something like the founders family is from Brazil, but his father was Valencian with a bakery in Ruzafa, the most traditional district of Valencia ... From the culinary mix culinary of his roots, Xingu was born ;)
After the feast, we can ask for one of the desserts or a caipirinha ... They sometimes invite you to some passion fruit liqueur shots that they make themselves, delicious! Get out the ramp so we can exit rolling!
This place, along with Los Toneles, is the most popular place to enjoy a squid sandwich but I wondered if its popularity was deserved? I thought that, to find out, I should try the dish in question, only five euros. By the way, its name has something to do with a historic player of Valencia CF, did you know?
The Santa Catalina Horchatería is the establishment most typical of Valencia. With two centuries of tradition and decorated in traditional Valencian style, it attracts many customers both Valencian and foreign. It is located in the historical centre of Valencia next to the Plaza de la Reina and more specifically the church of Santa Catalina. Do not miss it...
At the entrance we see displayed the table in which Princess Isabel sat on several visits.
It is noteworthy for the handmade ice cream, horchata (cold drink made from ground tiger nuts, water and sugar), fartóns (a confectionary sweet elongated and glazed with sugar), churros (a fried-dough pastry-based snack), pumpkin fritters, etc... Its reputation is backed by the rich flavour of all its products: D
"La Pilareta" is one of those specialized places, with a long history and a grand tradition that lets them enjoy success year after year.
The specialty of this bar is, of course, the "clóchinas" which is what they call mussels in Valencia. It is always crowded during the hours of lunch and dinner, so the waiter (who is a bit serious, by the way) gives you a piece of paper with a number to be called, like in the fishmongers.
The Mussels are delicious, the broth is scrumptious. But besides clóchinas or mussels there are many other dishes. The potato salad is tasty and the bravas even better. The tray of artichoke is also pretty good.
On Sundays, until 12, it is typical to eat a plate of mussels. If you eat at the bar you throw the clóchinas shells in the boxes there are on the floor.
The place is exactly the same as was when it opened in the early twentieth century and maintains traditions such as singing the name of the tapas ordered by a customer after the request.
I recommend going in the morning to eat mussels at the bar. In this locale you are transported back in time and throwing the shells of the clóchinas "to the floor" is always a pleasure just like eating fried anchovies with your hands.
I went to La Marcelina after reading recommendations on minube and we loved it! We got a table overlooking the beach and ordered the menu of fresh garlic bread, the fish platter, a peeled-seafood paella for two, drink and dessert for 20 euros. The value couldn't be better! For dessert, we had flan with caramel but the house cake was also tempting. Bon apetit!
Anyone familiar with the tapas in Valencia has been to this tavern located in the centre opposite the Plaza de Toros. It is named in honour of the barrels that serve the guests tables and that have embellished the store for many years.
Their tapas and sandwiches are famous in the city and some argue that the best squid rolls served in all of Valencia are from Los Toneles. Without doubt, everything is delicious here.
I always ask for the patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) because the sauce has a very special taste, but I also recommend the sepia and the squid, all accompanied by a cold beer!
One of my favourite restaurants in Valencia. Pan de Azúcar offers a menu that makes you drool while you read. Or at least it did me, ha-ha.
There is a variety of starters, I recommend the patatas bravas (they are delicious and made as they should be!) And sliced bread canapés with sausage or chorizo and brie cheese, mmmm!
They also have various salads and super sandwiches, of considerable size which are recommended as starters to share (2 or 3 people). As a main course there are plenty of bocadillos (some which go beyond normal) and the star of the show ...Pancakes! They’re deliciooouuuussssss! I’d highlight that of chicken, cheese, mushrooms and béchamel it’s really succulent.
The dessert menu does not fall short either. Pan de Azúcar offers a variety of cakes, brownies, profiteroles, tiramisu, ice cream, and of course ...Sweet crêpes! I've tried the one with nutella and nuts, and that of vanilla ice cream and caramel, and they are both great.
Apart from their dishes, this restaurant is also notable for its décor, very shrewd with white walls and chairs and plates in white, red and black. On the walls there are plenty of pictures of Tintin and the whole troop, and the roof is covered with synthetic grass and there are white puppies: D
On weekends you have to call between 6 and 8 to book, or you’ll find it difficult to get a table. The price is very good, 12 to 15 € per head.
I've posted two photos of this La Pepica, one of which shows the kitchen staff back in the 60's. For forty years, the restaurant has been run by the same professionals who cooked for others on a coal stove (the only one on the beach, hard to work but it makes perfect rice). In the other photo, we can see Jose Chapel, the old head chef, in the background, and Francisco Selles (my father, by the way), who replaced him when he retired.
The restaurant Rias Gallegas is one of Valencia’s finest Galician restaurants, if not the best and one of the best of all other restaurants.
The food and service exquisite, but the desserts are worth highlighting, what desserts!
The presentation, the combination of flavours ... delicious, too much even for one person. In the same dessert, flan, ice cream and ice cream cone ...Awesome!
This really has the best terrace in Valencia, quiet and absolutely huge, with a great bohemian atmosphere (right in front of the public library and next to the Muvim). You never know what you're going to see - a concert, a film, the opening of an exhibition. They have a very active cultural programme that you can learn more about on their facebook page. The menu is simple, but offers perfect value, with tapas, salads, and delicious toasts. They do not have much choice in wines, but the good thing is that you can drink it by the glass (yes, I uncorked the bottle right there). The atmosphere is very well done, thanks to its decoration (old super8 cameras and typewriters on the walls). Well worth visiting!
It is the restaurant that belongs to the prestigious cooking school next to it; hence the street does not include the name of the restaurant as such only displaying "Altaviana". The décor is modern and meticulous, the service from the impeccably uniformed youth is exquisite and a little edgy (they have their teacher on high alert, you can hear her giving orders), and the tasting menu for 16 euros is a succession of really diverse flavours and textures.
Gazpachuelo (soup originating in Malaga)with shellfish and monkfish, arroz con costra (rice dish typical in Valencia), steak with mushrooms, turbot with vegetables, pistachio ice cream with a delicious strawberry soup, or bacon from heaven, are some of the dishes on offer at this locale.
At the end of the meal one should really fill out the survey to help in the formation of these future hospitality professionals.
This authentic little Moroccan restaurant offers couscous with meat and vegetables - a real delight. Alcohol is not served, as you'd expect in a Muslim establishment. The desserts are very sweet and delicious, and the teas are great. 11.50 euros for a menu makes it very affordable.
I saw your experience and it reminded me! Over 15 years ago (at least, I'm 32 and I was maximum 14 at the time) I was there, or at least somewhere with the same characteristics and the same name, where I tried my first cocktail! It must be the same place, I have to find out! I think it was on Cuenca Street, or at least in that area! :)
Today the yogurt store Llaollao was inaugurated, in the historical centre of Valencia next to the House of Candy. It is a new concept that is being introduced, frozen yogurt that can be topped with many things, less calories than ice cream with multiple toppings like biscuit pieces, chocolate, jams, chunks of fruit ...
Being the opening day there were tasters at the door, I liked them so entered to buy one, as it gets so hot in Valencia that a fresh yogurt with wild strawberry syrup feels great! The price of a small tub with one topping is 2 €, anything more is extra.