The best outdoor cafés: landscapes to savour

You won’t need any convincing to believe that this city has a spectacular climate. It’s obvious from the moment you arrive! Sunny days greet you year-round, giving Valencia's streets, squares and other spots a robust outdoor life. For the magnificent weather is an invitation to cultivate an open nature and celebrate the pleasures of enjoyment. As a result, one permanent feature of Valencian life is the proliferation of terrazas, open spaces that pair views and palate.  

Discover the best landscapes to savour.  

 

Ciutat Vella 

We begin in Ciutat Vella, our incredible old quarter. Highlights include the patio at El Ocho y Medio, serving international cuisine with a Mediterranean base, where you can enjoy the small microcosm of one of Valencia's most authentic squares, Lope de Vega. La Lola offers rice dishes and tapas in the centre of the medieval street map, amid dead-end alleys and mansions, beside the cathedral’s iconic bell tower: Micalet. La Bernarda is a tranquil oasis a few metres from the popular Reina Square. The patio at Le Marquis, the gastro restaurant at the SH Inglés Hotel, offers a close-up view of the incredible baroque entrance to Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace. Another highlight is Espai Seda, the restaurant at the Silk Museum, situated in the garden of an ancient medieval school.  

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La Lola
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Le Marquis (Hotel SH Inglés)

 

Alameda, Turia Gardens and City of Arts and Sciences  

Paseo de la Alameda is an avenue best enjoyed while seated and sampling delicious local products. Both Bocado Bar and Jauja are a sure bet. Also nearby are the Westin Hotel, with its graceful Jardín Bar, and Átic Palau Alameda, which offers stupendous views of the Turia Gardens, making it the perfect spot for an evening visit. Then there is La Terracita del Palace, the most casual option at the SH Valencia Palace Hotel, which boasts a distinctive ambiance. However, if there is one spot worthy of the title of best panoramic view of Valencia’s main green space and the famous City of Arts and Sciences, it is Contrapunto, the culinary spot at the Palau de les Arts opera house.  

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Contrapunto Les Arts
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Bocado Bar
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Jauja
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Àtic - Palau Alameda
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Jardí Bar

 

Russafa, Eixample and Corts Valencianes  

The Russafa neighbourhood offers some of the most interesting options. Nothing equals the charm and culinary quality of either La Salita – holder of one Michelin star and located in a former mansion – or an urban garden converted into a patio to delight the senses with its alternative style – L’Hort al Nú. On a grand pedestrian square between San Valero Church and the municipal market in the fashion district we find Doña Petrona, food with Argentinean roots made using Valencian ingredients.  

And in the other market, Colón, the loveliest example of Art Nouveau architecture, Mi Cub invites you to sample its casual offerings on the patio. For its part, Goya Gallery allows guests to admire the palm trees on the Avenida del Reino de Valencia while delighting in its market cuisine. In the vicinity of Sir Norman Foster’s conference centre, Terraza Obento is the new outdoor dining option from Casino Cirsa. Not far away, at the two-Michelin-starred Ricard Camarena Restaurant, the garden patio is another of the many attractions at one of the temples of local cuisine.  

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Michelin Star:

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Soles Repsol:

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La Salita
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Doña Petrona
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Micub
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Goya Gallery Restaurant
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One Restaurant y Terraza Obento del Casino Cirsa

 

Non-stop Mediterranean  

If there is one thing Valencia is known for, it is its beautiful broad strip of coastline. Kilometres of fine sand beach and dozens of spots with the best local products (fish, seafood, vegetables and rice) provide non-stop views of the Mediterranean. This is the case of La Ferrera, in Pinedo; Spaghetti & Blues and Brassa de Mar, in La Patacona; and Meraki Beach & Sky Restaurant, in La Pobla de Farnals. The urban beaches boast a wealth of terrazas overlooking the sea. Casa Isabel, El Coso del Mar, La Alegría de la Huerta, La Pepica, Portolito and Tridente.  

Spectacular views share space with patios at Valencia's La Marina, from spots located in the iconic Veles e Vents Building, La Marítima, La Sucursal and MalaBar, to nearby locations, including Destino Puerto, El Camarote & The Roof, Panorama and Vlue Arribar.  

puerta entrada exterior restaurante la ferrera
La Ferrera
detalle platos y bebidas resturante spaghetti blues
Spaghetti & Blues
tapa y bebidas en frente del mar en meraki beach
Meraki Beach & Sky Restaurant
plato paella marisco en restaurante casa isabel
Casa Isabel
El Coso Del Mar
El Coso Del Mar
restaurante la alegria de la huerta
La Alegría de La Huerta
detalle cuadros y retratos antiguos en la Pepica
La Pepica
detalle plato pescado en restaurante portolito
Portolito Playa
plato postre en el restaurante tridente
Tridente (Hotel Neptuno)
plato de postre en restaurante la marítima veles e vents
La Marítima de Veles e Vents
Destino Puerto
Destino Puerto
mesa en el restaurante el camarote
El Camarote & The Roof
detalle plato del restaurante vlue arribar
Vlue Arribar

 

Albufera and Horta  

And there is still more to discover. In the Horta, Valencia's fertile region, the heartland for local crops, we find Bergamonte, a well-established rice restaurant, and La Mozaira, a culinary establishment committed to first-class ingredients in a beautiful spot, an elegantly refurbished former farmstead.  

And in the Albufera, one of Spain’s richest and most important wetlands, don't miss the chance to discover the rice dishes on offer at El Palmar and Nou Racó, amid channels, crops, birds and boats manoeuvred using poles.  

sala del restaurante bergamonte
Bergamonte
edificio exterior y huerta del hotel la mozaira
La Mozaira (Hotel La Mozaira)
terraza en el restaurante el palmar
El Palmar
vista exterior del edificio restaurante nou racó
Nou Racó

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