Valencia is a bright and beautiful seaside city on the east coast of Spain.
The city is breezy, cosmopolitan and fun, and so is Valencia’s eclectic foodie scene which is in full bloom. Valencia’s got it all: fresh seafood, Michelin stars, creative tapas. And don’t forget that mouthwatering paella which originated in Valencia. If you ever take a visit to this fabulous city, you’re in for a delicious treat at any of these hot restaurants!
Carrer d’en Vicent Gallart, 15, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Anyora is a cozy bodega nestled among the pretty washed out pastel houses next to the beach. It’s a relaxed neighborhood bodega in a location that’s been in business since 1937. Back then, it was a main hangout for sailors who docked on the city’s shores. Anyora pays homage to that tradition by featuring lots of regional seaside dishes.
Anyora’s traditional rustic décor is chic yet incredibly welcoming at the same time. Eating at simple wooden tables with garlands of dried garlic and peppers hanging above feels as if you’re dining at a grandmother’s home rather than a bar. The food has a good range from grilled seafood and meat entrees to smaller creative tapas. Some of these creative tapas include Chuletón de tomate, a huge beefsteak tomato loaded with shrimp, mango and avocado, and the Bimi frito, broccolini fried tempura-style with a tasty hazelnut sauce. The bar also serves up the most delicious friend sardines (boquerones) that you’ll ever try in your life. Trying Anyora’s house-made red vermut is a must: perfect for sipping with those tapas on any lazy afternoon.
Anyora is intimate, welcoming, and wonderfully local. For times when you crave some relaxed bites at a laidback Spanish bodega, Anyora by the sea is everyone’s go-to in Valencia.
Carrer del Pintor Salvador Abril, 28, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
He was a boy from Burgos and she was a girl from Valencia. Chef power couple Alberto Alonso and Mar Soler bring you a fabulous and sophisticated gastronomic affair that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Estación can mean station or season in Spanish. The couple leans into this word play by mixing the gastronomic flavors of Burgos in the north and Valencia in the east, while seasonal ingredients play a central role as well.
2 Estaciones is a chic, luminous spot, but still low-key so that you can relax with a glass of wine to a breezy Mediterranean soundtrack. The open kitchen is encased in glass in the compact space, so that no matter where you’re sitting, you can watch the chefs handle all those fresh seasonal products you’re about to consume.
The food is nothing short of a gorgeous feast for the eyes and taste buds. 2 Estaciones makes good on its promise of excellent seasonal cuisine, so that every dish is bursting with color, produce, and texture. Coca is a flatbread typical to Valencia, and at the restaurant it comes loaded with house-cured presa iberica and small green peppers drizzled with cured egg yolk. The lightly grilled tuna with a tasty salad of string bean and tarragon shows off the freshness of regional ingredients. Our absolute favorite is the Cochinillo (suckling baby pig) with mole and berries. The kitchen does a fantastic job showcasing one of Spain’s signature dishes by making sure the meat is crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the outside. Combining that baby pig with chocolatey mole, pickled onion and small strawberries serves up the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
With the Classic Menu starting at just 35€ and the Degustation Menu for 50€, 2 Estaciones is classy yet affordable and perfect for trying creative seasonal menus.
Paseo Marítimo, Módulo 6, Playa de la Malvarrosa, 46011 València, Spain
You literally cannot leave Valencia without eating paella out of a huge round skillet by the beach. The boardwalk next to the city’s main beach is full of paella restaurants with sunny terrazas, but how will you know which to choose? Not to worry! We recommend La Alegria de la Huerta, an authentic and casual beachside restaurant where you can try all Valencian favorites from paella to horchata (yes, it turns out horchata is from Valencia!)
Obviously you’re there for the paella, of which the restaurant offers many types. The typical paella you’re looking for is the Arroz Seco, or dry rice, variety and Paella Valenciana is actually made with rabbit, chicken and green beans. While the typical Valencian paella is yummy, if you’ve come for seafood there’s paella with seafood, monkfish or lobster. There’s also Arroz a Banda which is usually cooked with fish stock and topped with cuttlefish and shrimp. The crispy burnt parts of the rice at the bottom of the pan is our favorite. Aside from the paella, the restaurant is a seafood-lover’s dream where you can fresh octopus, clams, mussels, calamari, cuttlefish and lobster croquettes by the beach. Not to mention this place is very good to your wallet, as the paellas cost less than 20€ per person (*please be aware that the price posted on the menu is what restaurants charge per person whenever you order a paella).
It’s highly recommended to make a reservation—a no-brainer in the summer months—because this joint is bursting with people most days. Come for the paella but stay for the yummy appetizers, horchata and seafood. Chowing on fresh seafood next to the beach is bound to be the highlight of your trip in Valencia!
Av. de Burjassot, 54, 46009 València, Valencia, Spain
Hometown hero Ricard Camarena is the first name that comes to mind when anyone thinks of fine dining in Valencia. This three-time Michelin star winner and Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy’s “Best Chef” has a popular restaurant empire in Valencia. Any one of his restaurants you choose to dine in promises to be stylish, upmarket and gourmand. But of course nothing beats his namesake, Ricard Camarena Restaurant, if you can manage to snag a table.
The chef’s flagship restaurant is the holy grail of Valencia’s foodie scene. With two Michelin stars and three Repsol suns, the restaurant promises “Taste, absolute respect for the product and understated creative cuisine.” The interior is a stunning minimalist space of cascading wooden panels. The bare naturalness and simplicity goes in hand with Chef Camarena’s philosophy of paying the most respect to the integrity and authenticity of ingredients.
For a spectacular gastronomic experience from Valencia’s top chef, you already know that Ricard Camarena’s flagship restaurant is the place to go.
Carrer del Comte d’Altea, 42, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s sushi game is on point. There are quite a few authentic high-end sushi restaurants around the city. But both locals and tourists to Valencia flock to Kamon. Headed by innovative chef, Hiro Suzuki, Kamon immaculately melds Japanese and Mediterranean flavors, for a sushi experience you’re unlikely to forget.
Native Japanese chef, Hiro Suzuki, spent time working in restaurants throughout Japan, Italy and Spain. He pays tribute to his culinary experiences in each region which is masterfully executed in Kamon’s creative but accessible menu. On the menu you’ll get to try mouthwatering items such as Tuna Belly with Fig and Foie, Oxtail with Parmigiano Ramen, Cucumber Gazpacho with Wasabi and Chicken Yakitori with Truffled Rice. The restaurant itself is an unassuming, minimalist joint where reservations are definitely recommended.
If you’re in the mood for sushi with a colorful Mediterranean touch, Kamon comes highly recommended by everyone who has bit into the restaurant’s delicious green tea ganache.