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 Eat and Drink Cabanyal



Start the day with a Desayuno (breakfast) of tostada con tomato (tomato puree on toast) served with a coffee and a  fresh orange juice.

Order Almuerzo from 10.30am until 11.30 am. This is generally a filled bocadillo ( baguette) another coffee and a glass of wine or beer.

Wine comes in smaller measures here and is usually ordered with a snack. Beer is either a Cana – a glass of lager from the tap or a Tercio – a bottle.

Lunch or La Comida. Is the main meal. Look out for the Menu del  Dia – menu of the day –  displayed outside cafes and restaurants.

A typical menu includes three courses, bread, a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink and perhaps coffee too. Portions aren’t huge, but there’s plenty to satisfy your appetite and the bill will be anything from 7 to 12 euros a head.

Dishes range from paella, fried fish, a grilled chicken breast , a fillet of pork or perhaps a steak. A delicious fresh salad, perhaps a bowl of mussels and a pudding such as flan – Spanish crème caramel – make this into a meal nearly fit for Christmas dinner. Of course after all this food, everyone is in the mood for a sleep –the legendary siesta.

Food consumption eases up after lunch, but the bars around El Cabanyal still have tapas on offer.

Restaurants don’t start serving dinner until 8.30pm.




In El Cabanyal expect to find All y Pebre – a delicious dish made from peppers and eels, Pimientos Padron  – (roasted, salted green peppers) fried or grilled squid with lots of garlic and big slabs of tortilla. If you find yourself eating paella in the evening, you’re on the wrong track as Valencianos regard this as strictly a lunchtime dish.

Eating out is generally affordable and you can budget for £15 to £25 a day per person.

You can’t move for great places to eat in this convivial neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking for Valencia’s best tapas bar, a swish seaside café or a basic bodega, you’re in just the right place.



Casa Montana

Casa Montana

Casa Montana

Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69


This Cabanyal  institution is a legend and has been in business since 1836. They serve a range of  heavenly wines, some stored enticingly in huge barrels behind the bar.

The menu features Valencian specialities as well as dishes from right across Spain and everything is excellent. You’ll find hams and cheeses, delectable Habas (beans), sizzling grilled peppers, fresh and delicious anchovies and  perfectly cooked Sepia(cuttlefish) on the wide menu.


Casa Montana is affordable and you can eat and drink well for around £20 a head.



Casa Montana interior

Casa Montana interior



Bodega De Pascuala

Bodega De Pascuala

Bodega La Pascuala

Carrer d’Eugenia Viñes 177

Monkey nut shells litter the floor and brandy bottles line the walls in this charming, atmospheric family run El Cabanyal favourite.

It’s famous for bocadillos as big as your arm and the
hearty menu del dia includes paella as a speciality.
Book  a table if you can and order paella in advance as there’s no guarantee of either.
Open from 9am to 4pm only, closed on Sundays

A three course menu del dia costs £8


Bodega De Pascuala

Bodega De Pascuala


Ca La Mar

Ca la Mar

Just y Vilar 19

Serving delicious, authentic Valencian food as well as the wonderful home-grown Turia beer, this bright, inviting bar is a vibrant addition to the local restaurant/bar scene.

As well as good inexpensive wines, they offer herbal infusions, delectable home-made cakes and more substantial main dishes at lunchtime. It’s a popular spot and one of El Cabanyal’s best bets for food, drink and fun.


Lunch for around £6


Bodega Lapeseta

Bodega Lapeseta

Bodega Lapeseta

Calle Cristo del Grao 16

Bohemian cool at bargain prices
in this lively and attractive bar.
Wonderful tortillas and tempting tapas
including interesting vegetarian options.
Lapeseta regularly hosts live bands and
stage concerts.


Eat and drink for £5




La Paca

La Paca

Bar Lapaca

Calle de Rosario 30


The sister to Lapeseta with the same variety of tapas and quirky interior, dished up with a warm welcome. It’s a cool hot spot but the clientele spans all ages.


Eat and drink for £5











Mayca's sunny welcome in Cafe Contigo

Mayca’s sunny welcome in Cafe Contigo

Cafe Contigo

Calle de la Reina 33

This bright and sparkly cafe is as cheerful and welcoming and as its  beaming, friendly owner

Maycu. Her healthy freshly-made salads feature tropical fruit and goats cheese

alongside a range of pastas and home-made burgers, sticky cakes, appetising

sandwiches and freshly squeezed juices. A book exchange and

occasional intercambio nights add to the inviting atmosphere of this likeable neighbourhood favourite.







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La Mase

La Maceta

Calle Mediteraneo 22

Seaweed, tofu and mango enhance the intriguing flavours of tapas on offer in this vibrant bar/cafe. La Maceta’s open plan kitchen enables you to watch the  smiling chef invent the dish of the day, using ingredients freshly delivered from the Mercado del Cabanyal.
Maceta means plant pot in Spanish and you’ll see them effectively used as part of the delightful interior alongside retro plastic tablecloths and mismatched painted chairs.
The freshly prepared, eclectic menu reflects La Maceta’s vibrancy which spills out onto the sunny pavement, where the upbeat clientele gather from morning until late at night.

Lunch for 10 euros







La Fabrica is fun, functional and funky

La Fabrica is fun, functional and funky

La Fabrica

Calle Santo Cristo del Grao 14

Valenciano interior designer Emilio Gonzalve  creates and reconditions stylish industrial lights and furniture in his studio/garage in Barrio Carmen and sells them in this  striking bar. It’s as much emporium as eatery, although the food is  also a highlight.  Balcalhoa (cod) is the speciality amidst a range of quality tapas cooked up by Anna and Carlos, the friendly chef/front of house team. Funk, jazz and soul are on the menu on Thursdays nights.

Food and drink for around 15 euros









Tasca Reina

Tasca Reina

 Tasca Reina

173 Calle de la Reina
Fresh fish and seafood by the kilo, Titaina, (El Cabanyal-style tuna ratatouille) and home-made hummus,  zingy vegetable pizza and spicy boquerones(anchovies) in a piquant tomato sauce are served with style in this new offering from the La Paca/La Peseta stable. Seafood tapas in a sunny, seaside setting. make a  sensational Sunday lunch or  late-night supper.

Food and drink for around 10 euros.









Nehuen Tasca

Nehuen Tasca

Nehuen Tasca

Calle Cristo del Grao 14

A full range of vegetarian tapas is served in this laid-back local favourite, opposite the Mercado del Grauh


Lunch for around £8








La Mussola

La Mussola

La Mussola

Calle de la Barraca, 35


An atmospheric restaurant serving Spanish food mixed with French dishes at both lunch and dinner. At night, the four course menu on offer is hearty and refined and the cooking is skilled.


Dinner for £18, lunch for £12













Casa Guillermo

Casa Guillermo

Casa Guillermo

Calle del Progrés 15

Specialising in fresh, local anchovies, this famous bar/restaurant does a good selection of Valencian tapas and raciones.

It’s a pricier option but if you’re on a mission to find anchovies at their finest then this is the place to head for.

Dinner for £20






La Pepica

Paseo Neptuno 6


A seafront favourite, mainly because it’s the former haunt of Valencia devotee Ernest Hemingway. They serve paella and other hearty rice dishes in a laid-back but classic setting. The tiled interior is atmospheric and beautiful, authentic and charming – worth a look even if

you don’t eat here.


Around £25 a head



Bar Hermanos Haro

Bar Hermanos Haro

Bar Hermanos Haro

Calle de Columbretes 16


Popular, family run café bar, buzzing with local workers and a great spot for Almuerzo or a filling breakfast. Huge bocadillas filled with bacon and egg or tortilla.


Almuerzo for £4






La Otra Parte

Eugenia Vines


Cool, atmospheric laid-back bar,  opposite  the sea with a stylish interior and an interesting range of  tapas including good vegetarian choices and a delicious hummous platter


Dinner for £15



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El Mercado Bar

Bar Mercado

Centro Mercado Cabanyal

Bustling market bar selling hearty, delicious, traditional tapas and good, strong coffee. Calamares filled bocadillo and freshly squeezed orange juice are on the menu alongside a top notch classically British egg and bacon sandwich – just the ticket if you’re feeling homesick.

Breakfast for 4 Euros



Casa Calabuig

Casa Calabuig

Casa Calabuig

Avenida del Puerto 336
Famous bar and café  founded in 1903 that serves  traditional food in its beautiful, original modernista interior, handy for the port.


Lunch for £9




La Regadera Cultural Association

Calle Progreso 23

A welcoming community restaurant offering exclusively vegan food in a bohemian chic environment. Locals must join the association in order to eat in this delightful spot but tourists can just visit to enjoy the set meals, herbal teas and home-made cakes.


The idea here is to

pay what you can afford. Expect to contribute around £8 to the cost of your meal.

La Regadera

La Regadera


La Mas Bonita

La Mas Bonita

La Mas Bonita

Passeig Marítim de la Patacona 11

Yummy Mummies and Valencia’s most beautiful flock to this airy beachfront café, with a delightful courtyard garden and seaview terrace. It’s pricey but worth paying more for stupendous cakes and invigorating smoothies


Coffee and cake for £6.50
























Estrella de Mar

Estrella de Mar

Estrella del Mar

Just y Vilar 39

A smart café with pavement seating, selling a good range of cakes, pastries and savoury treats, including empanadas filled with spinach.








Also see

Dr J J Domine, at the end of Avenida del Puerto is a strip of  lively small restaurants with sunny pavement tables. As well as being perfect for outdoor eating, each one offers a good value menu del dia with views of the port.

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If you want to be closer to the sea, you’ll find a range of restaurants all along the Paseo offering typically Valencian rice dishes as well as fish dishes.  There’s a mix of local customers and tourists here and they can be overpriced. The Neptuno at the port end of the seafront has a well-respected restaurant, and a sunny bar for coffees and cocktails.


Where to stay in El Cabanyal

Within the delightful fishermens’ houses  you’ll find stunning rental properties and airbnbs for a range of prices. It’s easy to book light, airy apartments with wonderful sea views from sunlit roof terraces. Rates span from £20 to £150 a night, depending on the size of the property.  So for a chance to stay in one of the neighbourhood’s beautiful old buildings this is the way to go – booking through www.airbnb.com or www.tripadvisor.com


Air BnB Terrace

Air BnB Terrace

Self-catering is a good option as there’s a good choice of bars and restaurants.  Or you can buy fantastic fresh produce in the market, making cooking a pleasure.

Along the Paseo de Neptune, a strip of seafront hotels offer accommodation for a range of budgets, from basic to luxurious.  All have bars and restaurants with glass-fronted terraces. Order a cold beer, a glass of Cava or a plate of paella and enjoy the breeze from the sea.

The Avenida del Puerto is a good alternative to the beach, sweeping right down to the harbour, with quieter streets and squares leading off this wide boulevard.

Lined with shops and cafes,  it’s particularly appealing at the port end where

Las Arenas

Las Arenas

This  swanky 5 star hotel sits in prime position on the seafront. Built in 1898 as a spa for the people of Valencia, it’s been restored, rebuilt and transformed into a luxury resort with two large swimming pools overlooking the sea. A gleaming cream monument,  Las Arenas has lush gardens, bright, tasteful and elegant rooms, some with wonderful sea views and the snazzy Sorolla restaurant.  An in-house spa, with indoor pool has an enticing range of treatments.

There’s no doubt this is the most upmarket seaside hotel in Valencia and it’s certainly impressive, if a little clinical.


Double rooms from £129


Urban Youth Hostel Hostel & Bar, Avenida del Puerto 280

Urban Youth Hostel

Urban Youth Hostel


Opened in October 2014, this vibrant, quirky hostel has a mix of dorms and private rooms .. Situated at on the Avenida del Puerto, it’s well located for the beach and the city centre.

The reception area is painted in bright colours with an arty theme and features a buzzing bar. The hostel also offers guests use of a terrace, a restaurant, a games room, a library and a shared kitchen so you can cook.


Hotel Marina Atarazanas, Plaza Tribunal de las




This gleaming, inviting Hotel is situated in a quiet square, minutes from the port. It’s a good option for anyone wishing to be close to the sea but away from the seafront action.

Rooms are modern and stylish, there’s a rooftop sun terrace and seasonal pool, a restaurant and coffee shop with outdoor seating.


A Double or a twin room is around £50







Hotel Neptuno Valencia on Paseo de Neptuno




Right on the seafront, this is the most appealing of the seaside hotels – classy, simple in design and inviting. Its restaurant/bar has glass doors open to the sun and sea air  and serves renowned typical Valencian food as well as cocktails, wine and coffees.

Rooms are plain, smart and comfortable and there’s a rooftop terrace with a pool, where you can lounge and swim if you don’t feel like taking a dip in the Mediterranean, seconds away. It’s stylish, affordable and with its prime position on the Paseo, it’s extremely popular.


Double rooms from £80


Apartmentos Puerto de Valencia, Jose Aguirre, 36


These bright, airy, spacious and tasteful apartments make a great self-catering option, a few minutes walk from the beach and the port. Situated in an elegant period building, they are well equipped with washing machines, TV and wifi.

The loft penthouse sleeps two and the second apartment, complete with whirlpool tub,  sleeps four.

Sheets and towels are provided and both apartments have a sparkling, modern feel.


From £47 per night for the studio and £67 for the larger apartment


Book through Booking.com or be bold and turn up on the day ,ready to negotiate the best price.
This works well out of season but is not advisable in the height of summer.

 Hotel Balandret, 20  Paseo Neptuno 

This tasteful, stylish boutique hotel is the new highlight of Valencia’s seafront strip. Its 21 bedrooms feature tiles and marble in subtle shades to offset the Mediteranean warmth.

A reproduction

of La Balandrito – the little yacht – one of

Sorolla’s famous paintings, honours the famous Valencian artist and lights made from trumpets are a tribute to the city’s famous brass band culture. The airy restaurant with its outdoor sea view terrace serves Valencian mussels and calamares with curry sauce as well as traditional paella.

Double rooms from 90 euros