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El Carmen is famous for being one of Valencia‘s busiest neighborhoods in the central Old Town district. The area is full of cafés, bars and restaurants tucked away in El Carmen’s little streets or small squares. It can be difficult knowing which restaurant to pick for a quick lunch or a romantic dinner when there are so many places to choose from. Here is our selection of the top ten restaurants in El Carmen, Valencia.
You can’t miss the Café Museu as it has an original eye-shaped window and it is painted in bright yellow and green. The inside is light and jolly with an uneven vaulted ceiling, lots of colors and comfy seats. You can enjoy local artwork exhibited here and the original décor features different colored and shaped jars built into their walls. They serve tasty tapas and tortillas, without forgetting the famous Sunday paella, and they do cheap breakfasts and brunches too. It’s lovely to sit on the terrace with a coffee or craft beer as you read a newspaper or watch the world go by.
Address and telephone number: Carrer del Museu, 7, Valencia, Spain, +34 960 72 50 47
This restaurant hides an original roman aqueduct in the cellar-basement. The owners secretly wish to turn this into a wine-pipeline, loving wine themselves and knowing that guests would adore the concept. It’s sadly not quite feasible yet but keep your fingers crossed. El Celler del Tossal promotes three things: rice, hot charcoal and wine. Accordingly, most dishes are rice-based, the fresh meat and fish are cooked on a charcoal grill which gives it its good flavor, and there is a large variety of quality wines to choose from. The décor is modern and elegant, and the staff is professional and friendly.