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 Eat and Drink Cabanyal

Paella

Paella

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.

 

Seafood

Seafood

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.

Away Days from Cabanyal

Away Days from Cabanyal

 

If you feel like a change from the beach and the barrio, there are plenty of places to visit on a day trip. Use the Metro, the bus or the train, walk or cycle. Getting around is easy and affordable.

 


Into the City Centre

 

A 15 minute Metro ride on line 5 from Maritim Serreria will take you into the centre of Valencia.

 

Mercado Colon in centre

Mercado Colon in centre

Get off at Colon,  one of Valencia’s main shopping streets. Or Xativa for the Estacion del Norte, an ornate Art Nouveau gem and one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

From here it’s a five minute walk to the Plaza del Ajuntamiento with its magnificent Post Office and grand town hall. Take a walk around the  nearby Mercado Central to explore its amazing selection of food stalls and admire its stunning domed roof.

Post office dome in centre

Post office dome in centre

Continue into Plaza de La Reina to see La Seu, the splendid Gothic cathedral. Walk up the side of this 13 century wonder until you reach another gracious square, the Plaza de la Virgin.  With its fountains, statues and beautiful Basilica, this is the most elegant plaza of them all.

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

 

If you’re exploring on a Sunday, take the metro to Aragon which is minutes from the fascinating flea market, known as El  Rastro, home to hundreds of stalls selling everything from furniture to postcards. Name your price and be prepared to barter with the  generally good humoured traders.

 

 

 


Albufera

Albufera

On the Paella Trail

Take the bus from outside El Saler shopping

centre opposite the Ciudad des Artes y Ciencas to El Palmar, the birthplace of paella.

This small town is a shrine to rice recipes and sits at the southern limit of the freshwater lagoon of

La Albufera, 10 kms from Valencia. Rice is cultivated, harvested and cooked here and it’s also a famous bird sanctuary.

El Palmar

El Palmar

Take a boat trip on a barquet – a Valencian flat-bottomed boat – visit the Raco de l’Olla Visitors Centre, for a spot of birdwatching.
Eat lunch at one of the 25 paella restaurants.
Most are run by fishermen whose catch includes eels from La Albufera.
El Palmar is also a good place to try Ali y Pebre, the traditional eel and pepper steak.

 

 

 

 


El Saler beach

El Saler beach

Find a

Wilder Beach

If you’re looking for a wilder beach than Las Arenas take a bus to El Saler, a few kilometres out of the city.  They run regularly (less in winter) and stop outside the El Saler shopping centre. The journey time is around 20 minutes.

You can also cycle there quite easily along dedicated paths, the last stretch being alongside dunes and pine forests.

There’s a clutch of bars and restaurants in the town of El Saler or you can pick up a  picnic and settle in for a day of sun and swimming in the clear Mediterranean.

 

 

 


 

Castillo de Sagunto

Castillo de Sagunto

Visit an Historic Town

 

 

A half hour train ride from Valencia Cabanyal station will take you to Sagunto, a  lovely hilltop fortress town with

amazing panoramic views.

Explore the Roman theatre, home to a three week open air arts festival each August, as well as a former Jewish quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Benicassim

Benicassim

Take a Trip to a Festival City

 

Catch the train to the seaside town of Benicassim. from Valencia Cabanyal station. It’s a two hour journey but worth it to see the home of the famous music festival, which takes place in July.

No matter when you visit though, this is a delightful excursion to a classy resort.  You’ll find stunning, sandy beaches, good swimming and a trail of splendid art deco villas along the seafront.

Shops, bars and seafood restaurants will keep you busy until it’s time to take the train home.