Eat And Stay In Valencia – Where To Sleep And Where To Find The Best Paella Ever!

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You know that the signature dish from Valencia is paella, right? If you didn't know, well, now you do. Eating paella in Valencia is as crucial as, I don't know, visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, for example. I'm serious. It would be a foodie crime to not do it. Punishable by death (by chocolate)!!

Therefore, in order to save you from the shame of not having tried a Valencian paella, I shall tell you where you can get the best one! Aren't I nice? 😀

Where to get the best paella in valencia and more places to stay and to eat!

Read until the end to find out the best-kept paella secret in Valencia! (Disclaimer: it might not be the best-kept paella secret, but it's a pretty darn awesome paella.) 

As a bonus, you get a recommendation for a great place to stay.

Here's the map:

Youth Hostel: La Casa Del Colibri

Let's start with the accommodation. I really liked this hostel. It was super clean and modern. I think it might have just been renovated. Check out their review score on booking.com:



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The hostel had all the amenities you would expect i.e. lockers for your belongings (you can loan a lock), shared bathrooms, a kitchen, a common room-like space, and a little terrace with a table, so you can have breakfast outside! Very charming, isn't it?

One thing that bothered me a little bit was the lack of shelves or storage apart from the lockers. This meant that I had to store my bedside items under my bed. Another thing was the location of the hostel. It's not in the centre, but in a quiet neighbourhood where there's not much to see and to do. However, to get to the busier places, you can get the metro, which is close to the hostel.

Other than that, I really enjoyed my stay at La Casa Del Colibri!

Here are some other suggestions:



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Bocatería Tandem 

Tandem is a cute little cafe in Valencia Old Town. The decor is all lovely pastel-coloured. I came here for coffee and wasn't disappointed. I can't speak to the quality of the food because I didn't have any, but I can attest to the fact that their cappucino tastes great!

 

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This upscale tapas restaurant is located in Ruzafa. It offered classic tapas with some homemade specials. I ordered the chorizo, which came with freshly baked rustic bread, and a Bonito salad. The food is on the pricier side, but you needn't order two dishes like I did because I struggled to finish it. 

The atmosphere is very pleasant, and the restaurant is perfectly located in the middle of the buzz.

Ubik Cafe-Library

This place can also be found in Ruzafa. I discovered it thanks to Neelie's blog post! It's such a cool concept, a library and cafe in one! And not just a coffee place, but they serve real food too! They have a daily menu that includes 3 starters, 1 out of 3 choices of main dishes (meat, fish, or veggie), and coffee/dessert.

 

When I went, the 3 starters were vegetable soup, aubergine bruschetta and a mixed salad. Delicious! I chose the tuna pizza as my main dish, and got a cappuccino. 

The whole menu was very reasonably priced and filling. Highly recommended! 

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Are you still with me?? This is the moment you've been waiting for! Drumroll... It's the paella place!!

La Pepica

This was actually a recommendation from a friend, so not one of my original finds. But hey, sometimes foodies need their foodie friends to help them. 😉

The paella I got was vegetarian, but it didn't make a difference! The taste was absolutely perfect. You could taste the saffron, the rice was cooked just right, and there were crispy bits at the bottom of the pan. You have to go if you travel to Valencia! If you go and you try any of the other paellas (they have loads of varieties), let me know how you find it!

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And I just had to get dessert...

La Pepica is also conveniently located on the beachfront, so you can work up an appetite with a day at the beach before devouring your paella.

That's it, we've gone through where you can stay and where you can get awesome food in Valencia! I hope you enjoy these places if you ever go:)

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Helene is a lifestyle blogger whose goal is to inspire others to live their life to the fullest. She loves dancing, and she would love to see as much of the world as possible!

30 Comments

  1. Neelie
    October 2, 2017

    Super cool post Helene and many thanks for the mention! xx Neelie

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      You’re welcome:) It was a great recommendation! Thanks for reading:)

      Reply
  2. Heraa Farooq
    October 2, 2017

    The food is looking so amazing. Valenica seems like a really nice place. I would love to try La Pepica. Looks spicy 😀

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      La Pepica is great! They have a lot of paella options so there’s something for every taste:)

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      1. Heraa Farooq
        October 2, 2017

        Looks like Valencia is calling me 😀

  3. Michael
    October 2, 2017

    Valencia, now on my bucket list.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      Yay, goal achieved!

      Reply
  4. Kim
    October 2, 2017

    I actually just had paella for that first time this weekend and it was delicious !!! Everything in this post makes me want to go to Valencia and just eat everything lol

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      That’s exactly what I did haha! Can’t believe you only tried paella just now!! You’ll have to go to Valencia to try the most authentic one in the world:D

      Reply
  5. Aditi
    October 2, 2017

    How nice of you to actually map it out. I guess I should plan a trip to Valencia solely for paella. I’d love to check out Ubik-Cafe Library. It looks really cool. Cheers!!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      Haha I love mapping things out for people to find:D I think it’s because I have no sense of direction whatsoever so I’m always grateful for a good map:P

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  6. Travelquartz
    October 2, 2017

    Paella, I didnt know is a good veg option too since I am veg, will surely try

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      I wouldn’t have believed it before either, but it works really well:)

      Reply
  7. Katie
    October 2, 2017

    Valencia looks so beautiful, I would love to visit and this guide is exactly what I need to plan a visit! 🙂

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      Thanks, I hope it’s useful for when you do visit someday!:) It’s a lovely city:)

      Reply
  8. lexieanimetravel
    October 2, 2017

    Spanish homemade Paella are the best, I didn’t know that there’s also for vegetarians. I would love to try that. I love spanish foods especially their breads and chorizo.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 2, 2017

      Chorizo is great! I haven’t had any in a while because I’m cutting down on the amount of meat that I eat:) Spain just has so much tasty food we’re spoilt for choice!

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  9. Tyra
    October 3, 2017

    Yuuuuuuum, I never had Paella before!! You have convince me to go to Valencia for a visit! Wonderful food guide to this city!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 3, 2017

      Thanks! You should try paella, it’s delicious!??

      Reply
  10. Alex
    October 3, 2017

    That paella looks incredible! Paella is my husband’s favourite so I think we need to visit Valencia x

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 3, 2017

      Yep, always need to go back to the origins!:) It was awesome, and only 1 out of 10 different paella choices:D

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  11. Rahat Arora
    October 3, 2017

    One thing is clear now, when I visit Valencia I will get tasty and delicious food over their.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 3, 2017

      Yes you will! Hopefully you can visit soon!

      Reply
  12. Noel
    October 3, 2017

    You know what, the meat version of paella is one of the staple dishes in our home. We call it Arroz a la Valenciana. A Filipino dish which is a byproduct of the Spanish colonization in our countey. My late mother used to cook eat on special occassions which always a hit among the guests. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to learn her recipe.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 3, 2017

      Aw that’s a shame! Is Arroz a la Valenciana the same as a meat paella here? I’m curious!

      Reply
  13. Teya
    October 3, 2017

    This food looks so good. Ou’d go just for that

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 3, 2017

      Thanks! Pretty much the only reason that I visit places haha!

      Reply
  14. digital travel guru
    October 3, 2017

    Great post Helene on Valencia – the food looks totally delicious. Paella is one of my favourite dishes.

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  15. The Jetset Boyz
    October 4, 2017

    For us, one of the joys of travelling is trying new food & regional specialities. Paella originates in the Valencia region, so when we were there last October we decided to a Paella making experience. We spent a fun half day with a paella master learning the secrets of authentic Paella Valenciana.

    Now we’re hooked and look to do at least one cooking experience in each city we visit. Recently in Barcelona we did two. It’s so much fun, and you get to meet some really fab people.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 4, 2017

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment! That’s amazing!! I’ve only ever done one cooking class in my life and that was in London. I would love to do more! What a great way to experience local food culture. What kinds of dishes did you make in Barcelona?

      Reply

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