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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.







La Maceta 01

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



El Mercado bar 02

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.

Calle Dr JJ Domine bars 02

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.

What to do in Cabanyal

What  to do in  Cabanyal


El Cabanyal Street Market

El Cabanyal Street Market Market


Shop in the Vibrant Street Market

Valencia’s biggest street market is a weekly Thursday event  in Cabanyal  and the highlight of the week for  locals. Hundreds of stalls line the streets as it hustles and bustles its way down the Calle Mediteranni and  Calle Escalante.

It’s an enthralling insight into local life and a brilliant place to find bargains. Many of the stalls sell household goods such as sheets and towels but there are good shoe stalls too and if you’ve been admiring the gypsies’ leopard print glamour, you’ll find the full wardrobe here from leggings upwards.




El Cabanyal Street Market


Best of all though are the stalls selling mounds of second hand skirts, trousers, jumpers tops – mostly for one or two euros each. Some of the smarter dresses are on hangers but generally you’ll need to patiently rummage through.

If you’re feeling bold, head for the impromptu/illegal gypsy stalls in Plaza de la Cruz de Canyemelar. It’s a case  now you see them now you  don’t, as the local police move in swiftly to move the gyspy vendors along





El Cabanyal Shop



Even if you don’t want to shop, the Thursday market is a brilliant opportunity to tap into the local colour and atmosphere. The cafes are in full swing, the brandies are on the table, the enormous bocadillos are being consumed with relish and everyone’s having a high old time.






The Walks


Take a Guided Tour



Marga Aguitur is an excellent local guide who can lead you up and down the streets of Cabanal, explaining the history of the significant houses with plenty of background information and colour.





For more information see www.paseoandoporpobladosdelamar.blogspot.com


Valencia Bici

Valencia Bici

Cycle by the Sea

Valencia is the perfect city for cyclists and there’s nowhere better to get on your bike than along the seafront. The promenade stretches from the port area at one end to the more peaceful Playa de

Patacona at the other. You can even keep going with just a tiny inland diversion for a few minutes before reaching Alboraya, where there’s a pretty and colourful marina overlooked by lovely holiday and residential apartments.

Sign up for the valenciabisi scheme(www.valenciabisi.es) and to cycle very cheaply providing you do it in half hour stints. You’ll pay an initial fee of 22 euros and if you go over the limit, you pay a few euros more. There are plenty of bike stations along the way

where you can drop off your bicycle and then stop for a swim or a coffee.


Mercado El Cabanyal

Valencianos know that this lively indoor market is the best place to buy fish in the city. Two aisles of stalls sell beautifully displayed pescado.  Stall holders will lovingly clean and prepare it for you. It’s more expensive than in the supermarkets (which generally have a fantastic fish counter) but tastes better and fresher.

You’ll also find wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables artfully arranged in a way that makes you stop and stare.  Entire stalls  are dedicated to ham and cheese,  olives and pickles and slightly scary-looking dried fish.

Chickens complete with beaks and feet compete with rabbits galore and plenty of pigs. Don’t be surprised to see an entire head looking at you through the glass cabinet.

In other words, this is a place to buy real food from real people, who are friendly and helpful. If you can speak Spanish, it helps, but if not, you’ll get by with pointing and smiling.


Learn Spanish


Learning a language by the sea is very appealing and is great way of enriching your holiday experience.  Solea Language School on Eugenia Vines is opposite the seafront and offers excellent private tuition or small group classes in a warm, friendly atmosphere with additional activities

also on offer. Take a tour of the market, try a wine-tasting or go to see a film, learning Spanish while you have fun.




Ride an Electric Chopper

C/Dr Juan Jose Domine, 6 

Electric chopper 01

See Valencia at a different speed by hiring an amazing electric bike. Mariano (right) and David can customise this sleek and exciting vehicles from 2,000 euros

or just hire one for 10 euros an hour.  This faster, fun way to explore is new to the city and if you’re not happy to go it alone,  take a guided tour around town or as far away as the beach at El Saler.


La Lonja de Pescado


If you want to buy cheap fish, straight out of the Mediterranean, walk along the harbour, past the beautiful Tinglados buildings and to the small port area.

The strong fishy smell lures you in to a busy market place where fishermen who look as if they’ve been at sea for days are allowed to sell 20 per cent of their catch to the general public. Just peering into the containers is fascinating. You’ll see octopus and eels still wriggling, gigantic sea bass look-a-likes and huge prawns.

The sale takes place each weekday from 4-5pm and if you go near the end, you can often pick up a big bagful of fish for around five euros. Don’t expect the fishermen to gut and clean them but they will share a few cooking tips if pressed.


La Lonja

La Lonja