There are destinations, which are visited solely because of the food and believe us, Spain will not disappoint you either. In fact, Spain has so many different regions, each having its specific culinary, so no wonder that Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, has some of unique culinary delights as well.
Drink and Food in Valencia
Paella de Valencia
Did you know that original recipe for paella originates from Valencia? Just 25 kilometers outside of Valencia lies La Abufera lagoon, where rice for paella is growing.
We know different varieties of paella, but Valencia has its own one, including chicken, rabbit and snails. We tried the sea fod paella though.
If you are looking for a local drink during hot summer months, Orxata is the drink. You can find it all around Spain, but this is Valencia’s specialty. Orxata is made from tiger nuts, adding sugar, so it is pretty sweet, but served cold, makes it a nice refreshment.
You can find Orxata in bars and stands across the city. Locals often drink it together with finger-shaped-buns »fartons«, which are dipped into Orxata.
Aqua de Valencia
If you are not against alcohol, you absolutely cannot leave Valencia without tasting its »water«. Aqua de Valencia is far away from water, as it is actually a cocktail drink made out of sparkling wine, orange juice and gin or vodka. You can get it in evening tapas bars or even in day bars, near tourist attractions.
Other Spanish food, which you should try in Valencia
As already mentioned before, no matter where in Spain you found yourself up, you will always be able to try the following:
Iberian ham, sausages and cheese
Spain has quality wines and they go extremely well with Iberian ham. If you’ll be treating yourself with wine in the evening, you won’t miss if ordering Iberian ham to go with it. Also local sausages, salami or cheeses are delicious.
In the old town of Valencia, where most tourist attractions are, you will find delicious sandwiches, containing Iberian ham and cheese. To top it all off and to make everything more juicy, squashed tomato is spread inside of the bread.
The central market (Mercado Central) and also some bakeries in touristic areas, sell paper bags, filled with Iberian ham, cheese or mini sausages… A nice and different treat during your exploration of Valencia.
Wine – red or white
Not sure what kind of wines you normally drink, but the Spanish ones are very aromatic and strong in taste. We normally drink lighter wines, but we still did find Spanish wines good.
Whenever we had lunch or tapas in the evenings, we treated ourselves with red or white wine and we were never disappointed over it.
Wine and fruit lowers will love this. Red wine in which chopped fruit is added is extremely refreshing and easy to drink it all day long – especially on summer holidays in Spain. Some could add a dash of brandy or / and orange juice in it too.
Most tapas bars open in the evenings – between 7 and 9 pm. If you’ll find a tapas bar open during the day, expect it to be touristy, what does not necessary mean more expensive or poor in quality.
If you’ll be traveling around Spain / Valencia, you really should put a visit to tapas bar on your bucket list. You cannot get the real local vibe without it. There are some general bars, which serve a drink with one tapa, but specialized tapas bars, will charge you for each tapa you take from their open bar. We paid 2,10 euro for one tapa and they were delicious!
Recommendation: We loved the vibe, tapas, wine and English speaking staff at Orio tapas bar.
Churos and hot chocolate
From all the bakeries, selling sweets, it looks like Spanish people can hardly go by without sugar. Even though you are not keen on sugar yourself, you should definitely try churos. Churos is a fried dough covered with cinnamon and sugar, which you deep into hot chocolate.
I loved them, while Simon was not a big fan of them – he does not like cinnamon, so he rather grabed the hot chocolate, while I was enjoying churos.
Simon and I were both impressed over food in Valencia and hopefully, we will be back to Valencia or Spain to get some more soon.