If you’ve been to Spain you’ll know it has a big cafe culture; you can’t turn a corner without seeing people outside sipping coffee and chatting about their day. This does mean you have an amazing selection of cafes but it can also be a minefield deciding which one to go to. There are so many different kinds of cafes, whether you want somewhere cosy, chilled, alternative or a combination of all three. I am going to concentrate on cafes in El Carmen (the old quarter); and Ruzafa the hippest neighbourhood in Valencia (south of the city centre). Here are the best cafes we’ve been to so far:
Address: Carrer del Literat Azorín, 13, Ruzafa
A combination of a cafe and a bookshop, with hundreds of books filling the shelves, this place makes you feel at home the moment you step in. There’s just something about being round so many books that is wonderful. You can buy new and second-hand books in many languages: Spanish, English, French, German and more. With comfy chairs and delicious drinks, this is a great spot for a relaxing drink, a read or to get some online work done. There is a nice long table with lots of plugs so it’s a great option for digital nomads. It definitely feels like a very inspiring place so I want to go back and do some blogging there for sure.
Address: Carrer de Buenos Aires, 3, Ruzafa
This place is pretty similar to my favourite cafe in Hanoi, so I immediately loved it purely for this factor. It’s full of plants and has a cool old-style decor. The menu is pretty extensive with juices, smoothies, coffees and also lots of brunch selection. I haven’t tried the food (apart from the carrot cake), but it all looks delicious. There is a beautiful terrace which is even more filled with plants and it has such a lovely Mediterranean vibe. The first time I went here was to watch some live music on the terrace and it was such a beautiful intimate setting.
Address: Carrer de Calatrava, 2, El Carmen
This cosy cafe is run by a super friendly Argentinian family and it serves many types of “empanadas”, Argentinian filled pastries. There are 6 different kinds, 3 of which are vegetarian friendly and very yummy. They also serve delicious juices, cakes and other dishes perfect for lunch. It’s a great place to pop in for a drink and a snack while exploring the city centre.
You might also like… Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Valencia
Address: Carrer de Dénia, 49, Ruzafa
After only opening a few months ago, this place has definitely taken off and it’s easy to see why. Friendly staff, a chilled terrace, quirky interior and great food and drinks make it another great option in Ruzafa. They serve a wide selection of meals and snacks, vegetarian and vegan friendly; yay for us! They also have a great value brunch/lunch deal which includes a starter, main course, dessert and drink for only €9. They collaborate with local artists and have some amazing art and photography up on the walls; we were very happy to see some photos of a Vietnamese ethnic minority. There is also a small stage where they are planning to host musicians.
Almalibre Açaí Bar
Address: Carrer de Roteros, 16, El Carmen
If you want a delicious dessert or brunch, head here to try their signature dish, açaí. My first time trying açaí was here, and now I can see what all the fuss is about. There is a wide range of toppings to choose from, so you can make it however you like. There is a good selection of seating with high stools, comfy chairs and even a hammock if you really want to chill! Their food is really good too, I love their vegan burgers. Head here during the day for a more relaxing experience; it can get pretty busy in the evenings.
And if you want to try something different…
El Passatge Dels Gats: Cat Cafe
Address: Carrer del Túria, 28, El Carmen
We were lucky enough to move here shortly before the first cat cafe in Valencia opened. The animal lovers we are, this made us very happy and we have been several times now. This cat cafe has been set up in collaboration with ADAANA, an animal protection organisation in Valencia. The cat cafe’s main purpose is to take stray cats off the streets, look after them, and find people to adopt them. Whether you want to adopt a cat, or simply love cats like us then it’s the perfect place to chill and meet some lovely felines. There is a really nice atmosphere with lots of cosy spots for both the cats and the visitors. You must reserve before going, which you can do here.
Have you ever visited Valencia? Where is your favourite cafe? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
Pin it for later!