Spanish food is often recognised as one of the top cuisines in the world, so during your trip to Valencia don’t miss the opportunity to try some authentic and delicious food.
Spain’s national dish was born in Valencia. If you want to eat true Spanish paella (no chorizo), Valencia is the best place to taste Spain’s most renown dish. Rice, chicken, green beans, butter beans, artichoke and saffron, that is the authentic Spanish paella. Cooked over an open flame in a pan that’s roughly the size of a coffee table, the bottom gets a crispy layer on it that is called ‘socarrat’, which in Valencian language means “this is the best thing you have ever tasted”, more or less.
Cured, air-dried Spanish ham, is one of the finest tapas you will eat in Spain. Ask for ‘ibérico ham’ or ‘pata negra’, you will pay a little bit more but taste is worth that money! Served in thin slices and accompanied with tomato and olive oil. Do not return home without tasting this.
In Spanish, tapa means appetizer. They may be cold (olives, chorizo or cheese for example) or hot (calamari, omelette, bravas or croquettes). In the last decades, tapas have evolved into a sophisticated cuisine. It is common to order a drink and get a free tapa but if you are hungry you may order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.
Pronounced [Es-moor-zah-red], it’s Valencia’s traditional breakfast at 10am. Bocadillos or subway sandwiches filled with anything you can imagine. From a variety of chorizos, or serrano ham with cheese and tomato, to bacon with steak and fries, all stuffed in stone baked baguettes. All accompanied with olives and a drink (and usually for less than 5 euro)
The famous ‘tortilla de patata’ or Spanish omelette is a favourite amongst Spaniards. They can eat it anytime of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner. Every grandma has its very own recipe but the basics include: eggs, potatoes and olive oil. Simple and delicious. Onions, courgettes, asparagus or chorizo are common ingredients that you may also see at a restaurant.
Deep fried tubes of dough, rolled in sugar and dipped in hot chocolate or coffee with milk (café con leche). What else can you ask for? Spaniards eat churros either for breakfast or mid afternoon. You can get them at coffee bars and are also sold by street vendors who fry them freshly and sell them hot.
Horchata with fartons
A very popular non-alcoholic drink made of water, sugar and tiger nuts. Suitable for everyone (including vegetarians and vegans), its consumption can help prevent heart disease and is said to activate blood circulation. Served cold and made fresh, on site, you should order the sweet pastries that are made to be dunked in your horchata, called fartons. These sugar-glazed pastries are very sweet and exquisite on hot summer days.
And two typical drinks…
Agua de Valencia
Valencia’s famously juicy oranges make their way into savoury dishes, desserts and drinks. The cocktail combines freshly squeezed orange juice with champagne and a liquor mix. Drink responsibly and combine this drink with tapas to enjoy a great evening.
A typical Spanish punch that traditionally consists of red wine, orange juice or soda, and chopped fruit. This fruity drink is perfect for spring and summer. Drink responsibly and always accompanied by