While exploring the city Valencia, you also need to stop sometimes to have a meal. And when you stop exploring the city for a meal, this meal has to be good. Tours Valencia wants to surprise you with great lunch spots. From the typical paella that the Valencians eat to a nice sandwich which you’re might used to from back home.
Lunch in Spain
Lunch is the main meal for the Spaniards and is set between 13.00 and 16.00. This is because Spaniards eat their dinner very late. Especially in the warm months dinner is eaten only between 21.00 and 00.00. Therefore the lunch is very important. A typical Spanish lunch has several courses. The first course is something light like a salad or soup. The second course is a meat or fish dish (or a typical Paella). The dessert is fruit, a flan, a pastry or cake. But of course you also have places where you can eat a sandwich and/or tapas. Below you can find some lunch tips of Once Upon a Bike.
There are many reasons to visit Guayoyo in Valencia. It’s a healthy café/bar in the bohemian neighbourhood Ruzafa. It offers flexitarian food, which is food that follows the vegetarian diet. It has a small and cosy courtyard, where you can enjoy a natural fruit juice of the season and a piece of chocolate cake while you read a magazine. Another benefit of Guayoyo is that it is one of the few places in Valencia which is ‘dog friendly’. You can be accompanied by your pet because they are also well received.
You definitely also have to try their brunch for €8,00 in the weekends! It’s fresh, healthy and made of local products.
Calle Denia 49
Thursday to Saturday: 10.00-14.30 and 18.00-22.30
Very close to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Valencia you can find Nuezcafé, a recently opened cafeteria where you can have breakfast, lunch, brunch and eat cakes. Nuezcafé has an industrial style full of careful details where mostly young customers come, who like fashionable places in Valencia. What is recommended is their afternoon menu. Casual, but varied and with quality are words to describe Nuezcafé. This menu consists out of salads, creams, quiches, wraps, hamburgers and sandwiches. Also their brunch served every weekend and in holidays we have to mention!
Carrer del Convent de Sant Fransesc 6
Monday to Friday: 7.30-20.30
Saturday: 08.30-14.00 and 17.00-20.30
Do you like to eat paella as lunch (because that is what the Spaniards do)? Then you need to go to Casa Carmela. It’s a restaurant, which has almost 100 years of history. Therefore you still feel the familiar environment. Families come here to eat the best rice dishes made the traditional way: on wood. If you are lucky you can eat your meal at their very pleasant interior terrace. Casa Carmela has a high rating and is very popular by the locals of Valencia.
If you are going to eat at Casa Carmela in the weekend, then don’t forget to make a reservation!
Carrerd’isabel de Villena 155
Tuesday to Sunday from 13:00-16:00
La Petit Brioche
This is one of those places you can recommend everyone. La Petite Brioche is a small and cosy bakery located on Calle Sorní 28. The vintage interior and the smell of croissant and fresh bread, makes La Petite Brioche the perfect place to enjoy any time of day. It is ideal for breakfast, lunch and a snack in the most chic district of Valencia. From delicious cakes and pastries to quiches and salads.
Carrer de Sorní 28
Monday to Friday:8.00-21.00
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00-14.00 and 17.00-21.00
It already has five locations in Spain and two of them are in Valencia: one in the Mercado de Colón and the other opened not long ago, very close to Plaza de la Virgen. Both locations share the taste of a mix between vintage and rustic decoration and the smell of fresh coffee. The coffee is accompanied with a great variety of pastries and breakfasts, lunches and brunches. Its specialty is the famous Café Bany (hot coffee with caramel aroma and cream on top) and frappé. If you want something more fresh, you can also drink a cocktail!
Carrer de Martínez Ferrando 2-6 (Mercado de Colon is between the streets Calle Conde de Salvatierra and Calle Jorge Juan)
Monday to Thursday: 7.30-21.00
Friday and Saturday: 7.30-23.00
Plaza de la Virgen
Carrer del Comte d’Almodóvar 1
Monday to Friday: 8.00-20.30