New: 8 favourite wine places in Valencia 2022
The hidden gems and the classics you don't want to miss – here is the guide to wine bars and wine restaurants in Valencia, selected by Star Wine List's travelling ambassador Job Seuren.
Phone: +34 963 55 88 09
Address: Carrer d'en Vicent Gallart, 15, València
This is one of those friendly, traditional places where time seems to have stood still. But not quite, the interesting relatively modern choice of music makes sure of that. The place is very friendly, however. Most waiters speak English decently, and the whole place feels pleasant and comes across as not being a concept, but the real thing. The food is honest, basic, but well done. Good, simple traditional dishes, but the quality of ingredients makes the food shine. Bread from local San Honoré baker, daily fresh fish from the central market, meat from a nearby farmer in the Valencian area. If...
Phone: +34 961 49 13 46
Address: Calle Mediterráneo, 1, Roca
A favourite in the city, though actually, it is just outside of it in the tiny Meliana village, a 10-minute cab ride away (or a 1,5-hour walk across the beach), is Ca Pepico. It's a hidden gem that shouldn't be shared too much, for it's one of those true traditional places that you want to conserve and don't overflow with tourists. That said, a wine lover should not miss Ca Pepico, a third-generation family restaurant in the middle of Valencia's vegetable farms using local produce to make outstanding, pure, honest, traditional food. Though they don't speak a word of English (and therefore are...
Phone: +34 963 67 23 14
Address: Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, València
If there's anything like a historic wine place in Valencia, Casa Montaña it is, with a history that dates back to 1836. With a central bar, old wooden barrels, traditional tiles and no (I repeat, NO) music, it feels as if time has stood still here. Though it has been listed in more and more tourist guides and therefore has seen an increase in international guests and fewer locals, that doesn't seem to have affected the quality of the food or the wine selection. Very un-Valencian, most staff speaks English well, which actually can be a bit of a relief once in a while. Reservation is a must! The...
Phone: +34 963 71 00 73
Address: Carrer d'Isabel de Villena, 155, València
At the end of the Malvarossa beach in the still undervalued, calm and friendly Malvarossa neighbourhood, you find Spain's perhaps most famous Paella restaurant. This is not a shy beach bar for locals and insiders, but a huge 200 plus seat restaurant where people from all over come to have great Paella. The many tourists don't stop the locals from coming, so you will find a great variety of characters eating here. From romantic foreign honeymooners to entire Spanish families with grandparents and grandkids together. The food may not be the most refined, but it's fresh and traditional, and you'l...
Phone: +34 963 74 66 65
Address: Sc Puerto, 2, València
Situated on the 3rd floor in the modern Veles y Vents building, overlooking Valencia's harbour, La Sucursal is a clean, modern restaurant that serves elegant, refined dishes in different tasting menus. It was founded by one of Spain's culinary heroes, Loles Salvador, who sadly passed away in 2021. Current chef Fran Espí was raised in the Sucursal cooking academy before spending time in some of the most prestigious restaurants both in Spain and abroad. The dishes are elegant yet playful twists on traditional dishes and local ingredients. Though the atmosphere may be a bit stiff, especially if y...
Phone: +34 963 49 87 71
Address: Camí Vell de Llíria, 93, València
Take the metro or bus into Valencia's congressional neighbourhood, walk a few minutes, and you'll end up in a different world called Beniferri. Originally a farmers village of some 900 people, Valencian 'modern' buildings and neighbourhoods worked their way up to and around it, so it is now a few blocks of the last standing traditional houses enclosed by the highway, subway and 21st-century real estate. Look at it as an oasis, centred by a wonderful peaceful restaurant with a wine list worth travelling for – pure, traditional, refined food with a strong emphasis on seafood. With fish being the...
Phone: +34 960 08 18 55
Address: Carrer de Ciscar, 48, València
This tiny 9-seat winebar (no reservations!) is probably the insiders secret of Valencia’s hardcore wine community. Owner Pablo is a purist accepting only himself and his tastebuds behind the bar. Though the dishes he serves are just cold snacks, the selection of canned foods and charcuterie are the most premium quality you can find. Bread from local bakery Le Roi, charcuterie from Madønado and hake cheeks from Alalunga. Everything is served on beautiful, almost Scandinavian clean plates, which may be a reflection of Pablo’s Swedish background. Though many wines are not listed, a conversatio...
Phone: +34 963 41 47 71
Address: Gran Via de les Germanies, 17, Valencia
It’s a bit difficult what to make of this centrally located place that has been here since 1916, but if you’re looking for a small snack and a good (and cheap) bottle of wine, this is worth a stop. On the busy Gran Via de la Germanies, the terrace is not the most beautiful in the city, the staff is very friendly but doesn’t speak anything but Spanish, and the wine selection by the glass could do with a serious upgrade. All that aside, the selection is extensive, you can get delicious cheeses and ham – and the croquetas are some of the best in town. Crowding with locals at night, it is a genu...