Down the coast from Barcelona, Valencia is one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities. Home to the modern architecture of Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the city is equally contemporary in its food scene, and has put its own stamp on the brunch trend. Here are nine top spots to visit.
A sweet and charming bakery on Carrer de Sorní, La Petite Brioche is full of little pieces of quirky décor scattered around the inviting interior. The vintage-style café area is a perfect place to sit down and appreciate a slower pace of life, while tucking into some wonderful cakes and pastries, or fresh salads and quiches.
One of the most charming cafés in the neighbourhood, Dulce de Leche has a Nordic style interior, and is a local favourite for its delicious sweet bread and pastries, from apple strudel to lemon cream tarts. For both quality and value for money, Dulce de Leche is a fantastic option, and serves a varied savoury menu too, with delicious cheese salads and beet hummus.
On the seafront, La Mas Bonita Patacona is a lovely location for brunch or late lunch. With high ceilings and exposed beams, the rustic interior is a charming and comfortable spot. Alternatively, sit on the seaside terrace and enjoy filling breakfast-brunches, including a great bacon and eggs. Follow with a stroll along the beach.
Horchateria Fabián is a delightful little café serving even more delightful pastries and artisan chocolate, along with a rich homemade horchata (hot chocolate), and sugary churros. A typically Spanish experience, you’ll be accompanied by plenty of local Valencian families enjoying the morning together.
This popular restaurant is located next to the old central market and is a prime location for those wishing to tour the city and then grab a late breakfast. Relax on the spacious terrace and enjoy city views and homemade food of the highest quality, including lovely tapas. Rivendel has a crowd of loyal customers, and it also boasts a full cultural calendar, complete with concerts, films and exhibitions.
La Tenda 1950 is small, friendly bakery that serves delicious confections for sweet tooth diners, from fresh bread, to pastries, crepes and waffles. The coffee is strong and delicious and there are a range of tea infusions too.
Café de las Horas fuses the style of a Parisian coffeehouse with an English tearoom. The elegant café attracts a cosmopolitan crowd which flocks here regularly to enjoy brunch in an interior full of fresh flowers and candelabras, Come on Sundays when the café serves themed brunches.
Inspired by a love for the USA, Bluebell Coffee serves a sweet and varied menu, with everything from nachos to beet hummus to sponge cake. This sweet little café has an intimate courtyard in which a young and international crowd eat brunch and enjoy fresh coffee. Bluebell Coffee also hosts art exhibitions, and special events such as vegan dinners and live music.
A perfect place to stop before or after a day of shopping, Babel Cafe Bar is ideally located in a busy tourist shopping centre. This Moorish fusion spot boasts tasteful décor, complete with stools all the way from Casablanca and a Moroccan menu, including tempting tagine and delicious couscous. For a morning treat, tuck into traditional Moroccan tea, complete with sweet pastries.