Tapas have been the ultimate staple of Spanish cuisine for centuries. Whether they are hot or cold, sweet or savoury, served by themselves or combined to make a full meal, tapas have more recently expanded to incorporate a wide dimension of palates, cultures and hold a great significance in restaurant, ranging in sophisticated to casual dining.
In Valencia, tapas take on a heavy importance in somehow representing and serving locals and tourists alike, simultaneously welcoming people from all around the world and teaching them the tapas way of life.
The following list is a few tapas bars and restaurants across the city that keep the tapas scene in Valencia refreshing and lively, with eclectic, traditional, and fun twists.
EL CAMERINO TABERNA
Located in the bustling barrio of Ruzafa, this tapas hot spot offers affordable, family-style cuisine and is perfect for a group outing. The menu includes a wide selection of traditional things like croquetas and patatas, but also includes some other things such as lovely roasted vegetables, stuffed peppers, and swordfish.
C/ Mossèn Femenia, 16,
Phone: 658 61 76 25
What makes La FABrica stand out from the rest is not only it’s antique, unique ambiance, but it’s delicious selection of late-night tapas and drinks as well. This hidden gem is perfect to check out if you are craving mini burgers or potato wedges after a couple drinks! The music and friendly staff also contribute to the welcoming, vibrant atmosphere.
C/ Cristo del Grao, 14
Phone: 665 50 45 50
TINTO FINO ULTRAMARINO
With Italian and Mediterranean inspired tapas and a wide, delicious selection of wine, Tinto Fino Ultramino is a spot one cannot miss when exploring the full tapas in Valencia experience. On some days the restaurant even features live music and flamenco nights!
C/ Corretgeria, 38,
Phone: 963 15 45 99
Located in the cosmopolitan Cánovas and owned by multi-Michelin-starred chef, Quique Dacosta, this tapas bar offers gastronomic influenced versions of fresh and traditional tapas. This restaurant features oysters, bull tail, pastry “air bags.” While this style of cuisine might not be for the faint of heart, every bite is definitely worth every cent put towards such a sophisticated, Spanish meal.
C/ Joaquín Costa, 27,
Phone: 963 74 85 58
Text by Sarah Medrano