##Situated in the historic area, El Carmen, you will find a little bar called Cafetín. Run by host Juan, you will find everything you need here. Typical Spanish streets? Check. Live music? Check. Unusual but inviting décor? Check. The famous Agua de Valencia? CHECK!
The outside is colourful with a purple doorway, a mosaic-style sign and vine leaves draped around the door that sway peacefully in the wind. The interior is unique, with the purple walls covered in paintings from local artists. There are mannequins dressed in gorgeous Cabaret style dresses and elegant gowns. Barbie dolls dressed in vibrant outfits sit on the shelves that line the walls. A beautiful chandelier hangs from the middle of the bar and colourful stained glass lamps hang in the corners. A big piano faces one of the walls and Juan was nice enough to play the piano for me. An incredibly talented pianist, it’s hard to believe he’s only been playing for a just a few years.
The backwall of Cafetín boasted an impressive selection of alcohol. I chose a fruity, white wine and the sun was still beaming down. There was a light breeze so I chose a table outside. The wine was served with some delicious homemade crisps served in a small, wicker basket. As I sat and enjoyed the view of the old town, I noticed many locals popping in to say hi to Juan, some stayed for a drink, some simply came to say ‘hello’. It’s clear that Juan has built a reputable, friendly and somewhat homely bar.
You can enjoy a cup of Agua de Valencia for €6, or a litre for €20! This is Valencia’s most well-known cocktail and consists of vodka, champagne, gin and orange juice. They also serve all of your classic cocktails such as Piña Colada, Margarita and Long Island Ice Tea. These are all reasonably priced at €7. Beer and wines start from €2.50 and gins from €6. For coffee lovers, they have a huge range including Carajillo which is coffee with cognac! They also serve plenty of teas, with lots of different infusions – you will be spoiled for choice. Fear not if you are hungry as they also serve tapas, fresh from Mercado Central which range from €4-€5.
Not only is the location of Cafetín a dream; a bustling area of the old town, minutes away from Torres de Quart and Turia Gardens, you will be greeted warmly by Juan and be able to enjoy the company of tourists and locals alike. A must visit!
Article by Priyanka Nagpal
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