Must-go in Valencia: Horchateria Santa Catalina

The best place for Spanish sweet delicacies like horchata, churros, fartons, and hot chocolate in Valencia is hands down Santa Catalina. This place has been around for over 100 years. The interior alone is something to see, as it is decorated with gorgeous colorful tiles. Besides the best hot chocolate in the city, they also serve the popular signature drink of Valencia: Horchata! Horchata is a sweet almond lemonade you just have to have when in Valencia. Santa Catalina is also the place to be … [Read more...]

Hotspot Valencia: Bluebell Coffee

Bluebell Coffee Valencia

The best place for Sunday brunch, and a popular healthy food spot in Valencia is Bluebell Coffee. The cosy hotspot with a sunny courtyard garden is situated in the Ruzafa neighbourhood in Carrer de Buenos Aires no.3.  For breakfast and brunch you can choose from different smoothies, an acai bowl, pancakes, and granola, just to name a few. During lunch they serve delicious salads, avocado sandwiches and more. Besides that everything is super yummie, it is also presented in a pretty way with … [Read more...]

Valencia’s best kept secret: Jardin de Monforte

Every city has its hidden gems, and so does Valencia. In the middle of the city, with its entrance tucked away at Calle Monforte, lies a stunning urban park. The Jardin de Monforte is one of Valencia's best kept secrets. It's a tranquil sanctuary where you can escape the city's noises and take an hour to slow down. The gardens are filled with  neo classical statues, a lengthy bougainvillea tunnel,  pergolas, fountains, orange trees, and cypresses. Jardin de Monforte originates from 1860 … [Read more...]

Hotspot Valencia: Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche Valencia

Before going to Valencia, I researched the places I shouldn't miss once there. On every blog, and in every magazine, I read about this place called Dulce de Leche. So it was with high expectations that I cycled to neighbourhood Ruzafa. The Ruzafa area is a trendy and upcoming neighbourhood with lots of coffee and lunch places, and independent boutiques. After passing the super cool lifestyle store Gnomo, I spotted Dulce de Leche from afar because of its outside corner terrace that was full of … [Read more...]

Shopping at Gnomo Lifestyle store in Valencia

Gnomo Valencia

If you're looking for a gift store to shop for the home front during your city trip to Valencia, lifestyle store, Gnomo is the place to be. Gnomo is located in Calle Cuba 32 in neighbourhood Ruzafa. Besides being a great shopping address, it is also worth a visit because of its extraordinary interior design that can be credited to the interior design creative consultancy Masquespacio. Gnomo has an eighties vibe to its interior design. Clean white walls and a smooth granite floor are … [Read more...]

A Historical Journey of Flavours at Restaurant Sucede in Valencia

Restaurant Sucede Valencia

While staying at the Caro Hotel in Valencia, I also had dinner at their fine dining restaurant: Sucede. Dinner at Sucede guarantees a historical journey of flavours and ingredients. I had the Valencian sample menu that takes you on a journey through the different decades of the city with its different cultural influences. The small appetizer-size dishes take you from the Roman occupation, to the Arabic influences and ending with the Christian Spanish era. But not only the flavours transport you … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Caro Hotel in Valencia

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During my city trip to Valencia, I stayed in a very distinctive design hotel: the Caro Hotel. This monumental hotel is located right in the historical center, a stone throw away from the Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica. Interior designer Francesc Rifé has cleverly integrated the historical details and elements of the monument, with 21st century design and furniture, making it an interesting juxtaposition of heritage and present. Contemporary clean, geometric lines are merged with the … [Read more...]