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Speciality food in valencia

Speciality meals unique to local palates are found in most cultures. Valencia is no exception, where the favourite dish is paella. This popular meal forms the basis of the local’s staple diet. It can be eaten as a starter or main course.

Its main ingredient is a distinctive large grain rice, which is grown in close proximity to the city.

Almuerzo is another unique quirkiness of Valencian cuisine. It is a light lunch served early in the day. The meal is available in many restaurants throughout the city. Besides tapas, it can can include bocadillos.

These traditional baguettes are served in many local eateries. Some are particularly popular due to an unusual twist.


La Pilareta is the place to go in Valencia for local mussels. Known locally as clóchinas, they are steamed and served in their black shells. However, these are only available when in season. They also have an expansive menu of small dishes.

La Pilareta is over 100 years old and steeped in history. The place feels cozy, especially when patrons are lined up at the bar as they eagerly slurp their mussels from the shells.

C/ del Moro Zeid, 13
46001 Valencia
+34 963 910 497


El Tostadero is a place for a drink, a coffee or a quick tapa. It’s an honest, simple locality near Valencia’s central market. A few middle aged men serve an eclectic clientele who gather all around the long u-shaped bar.

They serve toasted sandwiches, tostadas, as well as bocadillos with various ingredients. Their main claim to fame is the baguette which overflows with sepia romana.

Av/ de l’Oest, 31
46001 Valencia
+34 963 528 214


The menu of Bodega La Pascuala is extensive and popular with families far and wide. They serve typically traditional dishes such as paella. Their claim to fame and fine reputation in Valencia stems, however, from enormous bocadillos.

So generously sized, the restaurant’s offering of filled baguettes are often shared by two people. Located near the coastline in the district of Cabanyal, it is also popular with beach goers.

C/ del Dr. Lluch, 299
46011 Valencia
+34 963 713 814