Having a coffee at some stage of the day is an essential part of Spanish life, even if you don’t drink coffee. Cafe Society is not just a stall that everyone in the North West of England used to frequent in Affleck’s Palace in Manchester just to be seen, it is also a great part of the Spanish everyday experience.
However there are coffees and there are coffees. Today we will look at six special places to have a coffee in Valencia. Where would you include? Tell me more on Twitter. But first here are our recommendations in the city of Valencia. Something for everyone in different parts of the city.
1) La Mas Bonita. There are currently two La Mas Bonitas due to the huge success of the first. There is the beachside one which is helping to transform the Malvarrosa and Patacona areas of Valencia and the recently opened Ruzafa one. Here we are recommending the beach one just because. We are also recommending that you reserve a table if you want to be in the garden or inside or that you get there early for the outside tables especially at the weekends or in the summer.
However, La Mas Bonita is not cheap. Coffee is about the cheapest thing (Pro tip: Get a litre of water and some glasses if you want a cheap refresher) but if you want to pay the same for a Frappucino that you would for a menu of the day a few hundred meters away then get that. However the experience is great as the views of the Malvarrosa beach are beautiful, it is just in front of a flat expanse of land perfect for the kids to skate, bike ride or play around with games while you keep an eye on them (you may even get to see the guy with the pot bellied pig taking it for a walk) and on winter mornings you have a sun trap that is out of the wind and will generally mean you strip down to a T shirt even in December or January. Why not the Ruzafa branch? No Mediterranean view of course.
2) Cafe de las Horas – if you like your coffee surrounded by operatic arias in a burlesque style setting of opulence, then Cafe de las Horas is the place for you. Set just off the Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Cafe de las Horas is an intimate and quiet setting for a coffee, just far enough away from the madding crowd and off the tourist routes to make sure it is quiet and welcoming. Also a good place for people who like their teas rather than coffee, this Cafe reeks of class at a decent price.
3) El Ateneo – in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento the best views of Valencia are to be found on the top of the Ateneo building opposite the town hall at the Ático Ateneo. The Ateneo is an artdeco treasure overlooked by most. A few things you should know though, you pay for the view so make the most of it. You have to be a member so it puts the riffraff like me off. (However you can become a member for free and go straight up). The entrance is round the back of the town hall square on a side street so it is not immediately obvious. Sign up and take the lift to enjoy the most delicious views in Valencia city centre and if you can go during Fallas.
4) Ricardo Camarena’s Central Bar in the Central Market of Valencia. Ricardo Camarena is a Valencian Michelin starred chef who has a couple of restaurants in Valencia which are well worth a visit if you are feeling opulent (37 euros for his tryout menu) however he has a cafe in the Centeal Market in Valencia. If you can manage to get a stool you can get to have a coffee and watch the life of the market go by and maybe even try out some of his tapas experiments that may eventually make the menu at one of his restaurants. It’s busy and bustling but it’s worth a visit.
5) Tango Y Truco Argentinian bar near Abastos – Hidden away somewhat from the normal areas people explore in Valencia, there is something of the greasy spoon cafe about this small Argentinian bar near to the Abastos market on Calixto iii in Valencia. Tango y Truco has no great views, the terrace isn’t up to much, the service can be iffy but you walk in to a homage to the great Diego Armando Maradona and Argentinian football in general. Grab a traditional Argentinian empanada too if you are feeling peckish but feast your eyes on the decorations on the walls with newspaper cuttings, images and football shirts from the Master Dieguito and other Argentinian greats.
6) The Bioparc Cafe – First tip get yourself a yearly ticket for the Bioparc for the cost of two visits (At the time of writing a yearly ticket is just 30 Euros) Once you have it then go as often as you can even if you just want a coffee (Although the lemurs are always fun) Sit on the terrace overlooking the African Savannah as giraffes, gazelle and more parade in front of you with an annoyed looking lion in the background (He can’t get at the other animals you see) With your annual ticket you also get 10% discount at the bar and restaurant so another great reason for having it.
Those are my six, let me know in the comment box below or on Twitter which you would recommend and why and I will add them into the post.
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