Pintxos and tapas are a populair kind of food in Spain. You can eat this typical Spanish food at a lot of places in Valencia. There are also some special restaurants where you can only eat pintxos and tapas. When you will read further, you can find all the good hotspots for pintxos in Valencia!
The story behind pintxos
You can find pinchos a lot in the North of Spain, in Pais Vasco, well known as the Basque country. They say that pintxos originally come from San Sebastián (Donostia). The story goes that in the 1930s there was a bar that wanted to promote their little sandwiches with a topping to the people that passed by. The goal for this promotion was of course to get people inside the restaurant.
The word pintxos can be written in two different ways. Pintxos with the ‘tx’ is the Basque spelling and pinchos with ‘ch’ is the Catalan spelling. In this text both spellings are used.
What’s the difference between tapas and pintxos? When you read further you will know! Tapas are mostly served at a small plate and cutlery is needed. Pinchos are a piece of bread with a topping and a stick through it. In the most pinchos bars you need to collect the sticks of your pinchos. When you are done eating, the waiter will count the sticks and will make up the bill.
Enjoying the pintxos in Valencia
After reading all this background information you probably look forward to try this Spanish dish. No problem, here you can read about the best pintxos bars and restaurants in Valencia!
Pintxo i Trago
This pinchos bar is located op Plaça Redonda in the oldest part of the city center, Ciutat Vella. It’s a place where a lot of locals eat their pintxos. The prices are average, about 1 euro and 80 cents per every pintxo. They serve a lot of different hams, like Ibérico and Serrano. It is recommended to go here and try out yourself!
Plaça Redona 9
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 11.30 – 23.00 hour
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 11.00 – 00.00 hour
Orio is a famous pintxos restaurant in different cities in Spain and in some other countries where Spanish is spoken. In Valencia Orio is located in Ciutat Vella. When you enter the pinchos bar you immediately see the huge boat hanging at the ceiling. At this bar you can mostly expect pinchos with fish. This is their specialty! A nice detail: Orio has a terrace at the backside of the restaurant where you can enjoy your pinchos as well. When you prefer sitting inside, you can order your pintxos at the bar. Orio also offers the possibilty to eat a la carte at their restaurant section. For this it is recommended to make a reservation beforehand.
Carrer de Sant Vicent Màrtir 23
Monday to Friday: 13.00 – 00.00 hour
Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 – 00.00 hour
Outside the center of Valencia an near to the beach you can find Tanto Monta. At Tanto Monta you can eat tapas as well as pinchos. It is a populair spot for students because it is also near to the well-known street Avinguda Blasco Ibáñez. Furthermore there are also a lot of locals who like to eat here. Moreover this place is a great spot for vegetarians and vegans. It is also possible to order gluten free pinchos. It surely is a great spot to visit!
Carrer del Poeta Artola 19
Monday to Saturday: 18.00 – 00.30 hour
In the middle of the beautiful city center of Valencia is Sagardi located. The pintxos bar is famous because of their authentic Basque cuisine. This means a lot of variation in their products, a lot of different kinds of meat and fish and surprising combinations of pinchos. Sagardi mostly focusses on pinchos with meat. They find it important that the look of the pincho as well as the taste are outstanding. The prices per pincho are here a little above the average price for a pintxo, but they offer high quality pintxos in return! There is a small terrace in front of the bar, but can also be great to sit inside. At the bar you can choose your pintxos! It is possible to eat a la carte at the first floor, but do not forget to make a reservation for this beforehand. For the pinchos bar it is not possible te make a reservation!
Carrer de Sant Vicent Màrtir 6
Monday to Thursday: 13.00 – 23.30 hour
Friday: 13.00 – 00.00 hour
Saturday: 12.00 – 00.00 hour
Sunday: 12.00 – 23.30 hour
Lizzaran is a restaurant group that can be found through the whole of Spain and in 14 other countries. They offer more than 200 warm and cold pintxos and they change their assortment regularly. It is a good place to enjoy your pinchos in combination with a beer or sangria. The company has less focus on the appearance of the pintxo as they focus more on the taste of it.
Plaça de l’Ajuntament 8
Monday and Tuesday: 08.30 – 23.00 hour
Wednesday and Thursday: 08.30 – 23.30 hour
Friday: 08.30 – 00.00 hour
Saturday: 09.30 – 23.00 hour
Sunday: 09.00 – 23.00 hour