The Spanish famously eat late, and on warm summer nights it’s not unusual to see people lingering over tapas up until midnight. But what about those late nights when you just need something to eat, but don’t fancy the dodgy-looking kebab shop next to your hostel? Whether you’ve been partying, traveling, or both, here are a few suggestions for the best-rated spots for late-night eats in Valencia.
La Lambrusqueria | Photo courtesy of La Lambrusqueria
A place inspired by the traditional Italian trattoria, La Lambusqueria has become one of the best-loved Italian restaurants in Valencia after being open for 15 years. They make their own pasta from scratch, including ravioli filled with four cheeses, aubergine or pumpkin. The flower-covered façade and intimate atmosphere is also a delight, and possibly the reason why George Clooney chose to eat here when filming in the city.
If you prefer something more homely, a visit to this cute and cosy local restaurant is like going to grandma’s house for supper – that is, if your grandma happens to be a creative tapas chef. The food is based on traditional local dishes and given a personal, modern touch, and there’s so much flavor. Think Iberian pork sauteed with garlic, scrambled eggs with mushroom and chorizo, or pretty, colorful montaditos – small open-faced sandwiches – with toppings like caramelized onion and morcilla sausage. The restaurant in the heart of the Barrio del Carmen is very popular, staying open until past midnight, and its only drawback is the sometimes brusque service.
If you’re craving a late-night burger but don’t want to compromise on quality, head for the city’s hipster district of Ruzafa where you’ll find numerous cool restaurants open late, but most notably this local favorite. It serves up all kinds of gourmet burgers made with quality meat and topped with everything from foie gras to grilled aubergine, plus classy sides and desserts. This isn’t your typical late-night burger joint but it nonetheless stays open until 1 a.m.
Valencia’s partygoers know this place well. El Horno de los Barrachos (The Drunks’ Bakery) stays open 24 hours a day. It’s highly popular with those on their way home from the bars and clubs nearby because, despite the name, the food is actually good quality and enjoyable whether you’ve been drinking or not.
Another one for when hunger strikes in the early hours. La Patateria is one of central Valencia’s best-known late night joints, it isn’t quite gourmet but it’s open 24 hours a day, serving up fries topped with anything you could possibly be craving, from various types of salsa to cheese, bacon, or a fried egg. They also serve hotdogs, burgers, and more.
It would be remiss of us not to include a kebab shop in a list of late night eats in the city. The snack is just as popular in Spain as in the U.K., and you’ll find kebab shops dotted around the city, more so in the Old City and Ruzafa districts. Quality can be questionable at many, especially at 3 a.m., but Doner Kebab Serrano near the Serranos Towers is a reliable local favorite, serving kebabs, falafel, and everything else you’d expect, and stays open long into the morning.