When many people think of visiting Spain, the places that usually come to mind are
Barcelona or Madrid before thinking of the other cities. Yet one you need to consider is to visit Valencia. The third-largest city in Spain, it offers all you could want from a city break but has a more relaxed vibe too. Rather than a quick city break, it is the perfect destination to take a languid vacation, drinking in the local sights, sounds, food, and drink. If you have a trip to Valencia in your diary or are looking to book, then you want to ensure you don’t miss out on their culinary scene. Valencia has a myriad of delicious restaurants to dine at no matter your budget or taste. It is a place where you could dine on traditional Spanish dishes such as tapas and paella every day, and you wouldn’t get bored, for it would taste completely unique everywhere you go. Whether you are looking for somewhere fancy to get dressed up for, or somewhere tucked away and only known by locals, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some of the best restaurants in Valencia, Spain that you need to visit…
Bodega Casa Montana
Bodega Casa Montana is a turn-of-the-century tavern which is located next to the port in the city’s Cabañal district. Part of the city’s distinguished club of gourmet establishments it is one of the best gastronomy spots around and had an extensive wine cellar packed with many Valencian wines. They put their focus on to serve meals made with the highest quality ingredients, and this includes Santoña anchovies, michirones (a form of stewed beans), dryland-farmed potatoes, cod croquettes with pine nuts, Mediterranean mussels, grilled sardines, fried anchovies from boats out of Castellón, and locally caught squid. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday for both lunch and dinner.
Book your table here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/gastronomy/where-to-eat-restaurant-valencia/bodega-casa-montana
La Pepica Valencia is an exceptional restaurant with over 120 years of history; in fact, Hemingway used to visit with his bullfighting friends after the bullfights of the July Fair. Today the restaurant is frequented by both locals and tourists alike, all keen to get a taste of the tasty rice that the restaurant is most known for. The special paella “La Pepica” was first made for the Venetian painter Joaquin Sorolla and since then has become a trademark of the restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully bright and peppered with Spanish influences throughout. There is also a terrace outside for when the sun is shining and makes for the perfect spot to take in the views of the Mediterranean sea.
Book your table here: http://www.lapepica.com/en/
Ricard Camarena Restaurant
if you are looking for a fine-dining destination when in Valencia, look no further than Ricard Camarena. The menu has two Michelin Stars and three Repsol suns and describes themselves as “a successful combination of taste, absolute respect for the product, an understated creative cuisine grounded in tradition with cosmopolitan and Mediterranean influences and based on seasonal produce.” Each dish is prepared like a work of art, and there is an extensive wine list to match. It is a great spot to get dressed up and go for some of the best food you will ever eat. Ricard Camarena also has three other establishments in Valencia which are worth a visit – Canalla Bistro, HABITUAL and Central Bar.
Book your table here: https://ricardcamarena.com/en/restaurant/ricard-camarena-restaurant-en/
Navarro is a family-run restaurant in the heart of Valencia that has been in the Bayarri sister’s family for three generations. Since they were little, they spent their vacations helping and learning from their fathers and uncles within the trade. The sister’s cousin Antonio is the head of the kitchen team and is in charge of preparing a range of delicious dishes that represent traditional Valencian cuisine. Their restaurant is a beautiful and quiet spot to spend time with your other half, family or friends. You can enjoy an evening of indulging in fine food, fine wine and an atmosphere to match.
Book your table here: https://restaurantenavarro.com/en/
Flor de Valencia
Flor de Valencia is one of the best restaurants to visit when you are in the city. They aim to make you feel completely at home and to be the best hosts from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. They specialize in paella and rice dishes, but also have a myriad of other creative and delicious options to try, as well as an impressive drinks menu. Elegant, modern and relaxing, it is the perfect choice to go for a dinner you won’t forget.
Book your table here: https://flordevalencia.com/
These are just some of the top restaurants you need to try when you are next in Valencia, Spain. Make a note and save them for your next trip; consider stepping away from the beaten path and the tourist chain restaurants and instead venture out to try something local. What is your favourite place to eat in Valencia? Let me know in the comments below!