To me, one of the most important things when you are travelling is to involve yourself with the gastronomy of the place. Taste how it feels to be part of Valencia with my choice of authentic restaurants!
In Valencia there are many areas where you can discover how to enjoy Spanish food. Valencia’s gastronomy is both traditional and modern: new chefs are trying to reinvent the traditional Valencian cuisine.
1. Casa Paquito: Great Menu del dia in the center
If you are visiting the city center at lunch time, head towards the Town Hall, them to the “Plaza de la Virgen”, walk past the Cathedral and “El barrio del Carmen” and walk until you find “Casa Paquito” situated in the heart of “El Carmen”.
At “Casa Paquito” you can find a great homemade menu for 12€ only where you can choose from different kind of rice dishes (Paella, black rice…). The decor is typical Valencia style and the service is good. But before having lunch there, (and if it is a sunny day, as usual in this city) you should enjoy a “Spanish” aperitivo on the “Plaza el Negrito” or on the “Plaza la Virgen”: cold drinks, patatas bravas and olives.Casa Paquito Carrer de Quart, 10, 46008 València, Valencia, Spain +34 963 92 60 60
2. El Rodamón: Gastronomy of the world in the heart of Valencia
If you also want to spend the night in the center, “Ruzafa” is certainly the coolest area to be. In “Ruzafa” you can find a wide variety of restaurants. One of them is where I celebrated my 25th birthday, so a pretty special place!
If you have already had a typical Spanish meal for lunch, you can now go to “Ruzafa” and have nice dinner in “El Rodamó” to experience something different. In this particular place, you can travel around the world without moving from your chair. The menu is a selection of dishes from around the world. From China to Perú, stopping in Italy, France, Mexico…The wine list, is also multi-coloured.El Rodamón Carrer de Sueca, 47, 46006 València, Valencia, Spain +34 963 21 80 14
3. Mercatbar: A fine dining tapas restaurant
If you want to enjoy Spanish tapas, I highly suggest you visit Mercatbar, the first restaurant that Quique Acosta (a very well-known Spanish chef) opened in Valencia. He innovated Spanish cuisine without losing its identity. This place is outstanding and what I love about is that in the same street you can choose many places to have a drink after dinner.Mercatbar Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 27, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain +34 963 74 85 58
4. The best Paella restaurants in Valencia… with views
You have two really good options to enjoy a good Paella with the perfect view. You can choose between the beach and the lagoon (Albufera de Valencia).
On the beach you should go as far as Alboraia town, which is just next to Valencia, and reserve a table in “La Ferradura”. This is a restaurant that specialises in typical rice dishes with nice views. You can enjoy eating a great paella and relax while listening to the waves.+34 963 71 64 84
Your second option is to visit the Albufera, where you can have a boat trip and afterwards enjoy your paella in “El Nou Racó”. There you can have a spectacular rice with lobster paella and enjoy the best views of l’Albufera’s natural reserve.+34 961 62 01 72
If you want to learn more about what to do in Valencia read our post here.
Enjoy the city, the sun and the taste of Valencia !