Where to eat a good paella in Valencia

Paella is Valencian cuisine’s most international dish, our contribution to global gastronomy. Paella is to Valencia what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or the aqueduct to Segovia, an extraordinary landmark.
With the difference being that ours is made from rice, vegetables from our farming region, l'Horta, and animal protein such as chicken, free-range if possible, and rabbit. 
Or if you prefer, there is the seafood version, with the finest raw material from the Mediterranean. This is the best example of the pairing of locally sourced products in human history! 

You find yourself in the best city in the world to get paella. You won't want to leave Valencia without treating yourself. If you sample a good paella in Valencia, you are sure to repeat the experience. To find out which spots you can trust, you can turn to wikipaella, an initiative to honour and promote the original recipe, or go to Visit Valencia’s rice restaurants section. Once you're in good hands, let yourself go. All you need worry about is what sort of surroundings you'd like to be in when savouring your paella: overlooking the Mediterranean? historic district? City of Arts and Sciences? The choice is yours. Enjoy the view and the food. ​​​​


AT THE BEACH 

Try the Valencian or seafood paella, but with the sea breeze as a companion in any of the establishments of the genuine Cabanyal, the vibrant Malvarrosa or the avant-garde Marina de Valencia, the city's three hot spots by the sea. 

The relationship between our beaches and rice is a love story you should be part of: ingredients from the sea and countryside of Valencia, the result of having such a well-stocked natural pantry. Get some starters too: clóchinas (small mussels) in season, cuttlefish or squid, and dishes such as esgarraet or titaina. You're in the best place to try them! 
 

terraza del restaurante casa carmela
Casa Carmela
plato paella marisco en restaurante casa isabel
Casa Isabel
El Coso Del Mar
El Coso Del Mar
terraza con butacas y mesas de restaurante destino
Destino Puerto
Vlue Arribar
Vlue Arribar
restaurante la alegria de la huerta
La Alegría de La Huerta
Tridente
Tridente (Hotel Neptuno)
plato de postre en restaurante la marítima veles e vents
La Marítima de Veles e Vents

IN THE HISTORIC CENTER 

The center of Valencia is one of the largest in Europe and over 2,000 years old; a history as extensive as the number of places where you can eat a good paella.
Valencia has dozens of places that do rice right. Valencia is home to the masters of traditional, authentic Valencian paella, the one made with local ingredients.

Goya Gallery
Goya Gallery Restaurant
paella de marisco en el resturante borja azcutia
Borja Azcutia
restaurante la cigrona mesas
La Cigrona
Palace Fesol
Palace Fesol
Llisa Negra
Llisa Negra

IN THE ALBUFERA 

L’Albufera is the cradle of Valencian paella, the place where it was created back in the 16th century by farm workers, who made it with whatever they got from the land.

Now they follow their own traditions, and restaurants in the area make it with rice grown in and around the Natural Park and with local vegetables and poultry. An ideal excuse to visit the natural park and enjoy our most international dish.

vista exterior del edificio restaurante nou racó
Nou Racó
terraza en el restaurante el palmar
Restaurante El Palmar
Paella Bon Aire Restaurante
Bon Aire Restaurante
exterior del restaurante casa quiquet
Casa Quiquet

IN THE HUERTA 

Valencia is surrounded by fruit and vegetable farms and here, in the farmland, you can taste a Valencian paella made with the freshest ingredients. 

It's like having a natural market a stone's throw from downtown: a place where neatly arranged crops yield their very best to craft a recipe whose secret lies in using the right ingredients and seasonings. If you want local produce, try grilled artichokes, Valencian salad or esgarraet

restaurante barraca toni montoliu
La Barraca de Toni Montoliu
sala del restaurante bergamonte
Bergamonte
edificio exterior y huerta del hotel la mozaira
La Mozaira (Hotel La Mozaira)

IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

The City of Arts and Sciences has become a symbol of the city's identity: modernity, science, art and design go hand in hand in this area where you can enjoy its futuristic aesthetics, or go for a stroll in its refreshing gardens.

And of course, have a good paella because the restaurants around this architectural complex have grown as much as its impressive buildings.

 

a tu gusto
A Tu Gusto
sala restaurante contrapunto les arts
Contrapunto Les Arts
Rocalla
Rocalla

Don't forget, you’ll find more information and suggestions at Visit Valencia, where you can book a table directly or opt for a ‘Paella Experience’, pairing an activity such as a boat ride or sightseeing bus with a nice rice dish to round out the experience. Bon appétit!

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