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Valencia restaurants

Almost every restaurant in Valencia offers some variation on paella, the city's most celebrated dish. The traditional one-pan recipe pairs short-grained rice with so-called "poor" ingredients like rabbit, chicken, and snails. (The all-seafood version, often taken by outsiders to be the most authentic paella, is actually a later development.) While the best paella is usually found near the port, or around the southerly fishing villages of El Palmar or El Saler, the city center has lately been sprouting some of Spain's most cutting-edge restaurants. The late hours observed in Spanish kitchens are taken to an extreme here: Except at a few tourist establishments, it's bad form to turn up for lunch before 2 p.m., or for dinner before 9:30.

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Riff, Valencia

Chef Bernd Knöller may be German, but his understanding of local traditions (he's lived in Spain for more than 15 years) has made Riff one of the city's...more

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La Sucursal, Valencia

Part of the IVAM contemporary art museum (though with its own separate entrance), this avant-garde eatery has an appropriately arty, minimalist style: stark...more

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La Rosa, Valencia

Many locals swear that La Rosa's rice dishes are even better than those of its neighbor, the more famous La Pepica. They're certainly cheaper, and the...more

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La Pepica, Valencia

In his bullfighting memoir, The Dangerous Summer, regular client Ernest Hemingway wrote that "Dinner at Pepica's was wonderful"—and the recommendation is...more

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Horchatería Santa Catalina, Valencia

Want to blend in with the locals? Then you'd better develop a taste for horchata, a sweet, milky, nonalcoholic drink, served cold, that is made from...more

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El Alto de Colón, Valencia

Built in 1916, the Mercado de Colón is an iconic Modernist market hall in cast iron and red brick; in 2003, it was transformed into a Covent...more

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Casa Carmina, El Saler

The fishing village of El Saler, seven miles south of the city center, is known among Valencianos for its traditional paella restaurants. The best...more

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Ca' Sento, Valencia

One of Valencia's most creative restaurants is hidden behind a discreet door in a down-at-the-heels neighborhood south of Avenida del Puerto. The...more

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Bodega Casa Montaña, Valencia

In the shabby-chic former fisherman's district of El Cabañal—ripe for a makeover given its proximity to the new Port America's Cup...more

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Albacar, Valencia

One of the only notable paella restaurants in the city center, Albacar turns out delicious Valencian staples like arrroz a banda (seafood with rice and...more

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