Part of the Old Town, the quirky neighbourhood of El Carmen is a must-visit on any trip to Valencia because of its exciting mix of old and new. Wander down its cobbled streets, and you’ll discover cool independent boutiques and jazz bars next to crumbling old buildings adorned with street art murals. It’s a short walk from some major landmarks, like the Cathedral, the Torres de Quart, the Silk Exchange and the Central Market. The neighbourhood is packed with cafés and, whether you’re staying in El Carmen or not, it’s a great place to enjoy breakfast or brunch before exploring the city. Here’s our pick of the best.