Valencia was initially my first holiday idea after finding out online how many vegan restaurants there were located in the city. Jep, that’s how I plan my holiday these days 😆. Anyway, I found a great place to stay and a cheap flight and thought what the heck. I’m going. Then I figured I couldn’t visit Spain and being so close to Barcelona without going there, so after Valencia I continued my traveling journey towards Barca. Oh, and before all that I bought a ticket for Leeds festival. So that’s why I visited London and Manchester, since both cities were (again) on top of my list. Logical right? In the chaos that is called my mind it was, ha 😉.
But back to Valencia. First time visiting, and loved it. The weather was great, even rain in Spain isn’t a bad thing when you’re surrounded by the beauty that is called Spanish culture. I stayed in El Carmen, and there were many great restaurants just around the corner. Loved the sandy beach, better and more relaxed compared to Barcelona. And all the people were as friendly and polite as any person can be while living in a city with way too many sunny days (bit jealous, not gonna lie). I walked around a lot, enjoyed the nature and the view. And I was able to just kick back and relax for the first time in a very long time. I wrote a lot, shopped a bit and ate my way through my 7 days stay in Valencia. Below a few places I visited. Dahm, I should’ve asked people if they wanted to become my friend..I need a reason to go back immediately 😋. Have you ever been in Valencia before? Love to hear about your story, please share in a comment below 😃.
belleza, belleza, belleza..
On my first day in Valencia, while walking thru on of the main streets of El Carmen (Carrer dels Cavallers), I found Aloha on my way to the supermarket. Turned out the place is completely vegan and almost everything on the menu is organic. So aloha indeed. I took a menu with me, tried to read the dahm thing on my way to the supermarket and went back. (FYI: Carrefour supermarkets sell quite a few good vegan items. Definitely try their home brand hummus, really tasty rice milk, chocolate and almond cookies). Aloha serves great hamburgers with a proper portion of chips and real good mayonnaise. Combine it with a freshly made smoothie, juice and/or acai bowl and dinner is ready to go. They also serve several good looking (cheese)cakes, including a sweet-fresh peach cheesecake 😋. All the cakes are made by a friend of the owner, and everyday they serve different flavours. The place is small, but takeaway is no hay problema. Aloha is open everyday, all afternoon, even during siesta hours.
🏡 Address: Carrer Cavaliers 45, 46001
☎️ Contact: +34 9610 49022
📧 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
💻 Website: http://www.aloha.bio
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 11.30 pm |
The Classic of Valencia; La Lluna. This vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options receives nothing but 5 stars reviews. And with a reason; creativity and working with seasonal ingredients are a top priority at La Lluna. Colorful dishes, very friendly staff and many locals can be found right here hence the ridiculous cheap menu. Serving a day dish for €8,50, 6 days a week. This is your spot when you’re tired after a long walk, visiting all the museums in El Carmen, while having small talk with all the individuals around you. Unfortunately my battery was down when I found La Lluna. But the rice with mushrooms, lasagna verde, mixed veggie salad, fresh grapefruit-orange-apple and tomato juices, carrot and apple cake, chocolate and banana pie options can be found right here. Oh, and they have a wide beer menu, including own brewed beer. (soda, ristretto or chai tea can also be found on the menu 😉).
🏡 Address: Carrer de Sant Ramon 23, 46003
☎️ Contact: +34 963 9221 46
📧 Email: http://www.twitter.com/LaLlunaRestVeg
💻 Website: http://www.restaurantelalluna.es
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm / 7.30 pm – 12 am | Sunday closed |
RAWffee is one of those places you will find while just walking around the city, getting lost without being lost and realize you haven’t had anything to eat the whole morning. Located in a quiet street just outside the city center, you can find many locals visiting this spot. Clean place, beautiful venue and there are a few veggie options on the lunch and dinner menu. Many fresh smoothie/juices though! Make sure you order at the bar. Otherwise you have to chill out and relax, listen to the music, watch strangers passing by and breath in the addictive Valencian air before on of the friendly staff members take your order.
🏡 Address: Carrer de Martínez Cubes 6, 46002
☎️ Contact: +34 963 5278 51
📧 Email: eltenedor.es
💻 Website: http://www.rawffee.com
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 11 pm | Sunday 9 am – 8.30 pm |
Heladería La Nocciola Toscana
This place. 11/10. Here you can find traditional ice cream. Many sorbet options and very friendly staff. With a few lounge chairs to chill out, enjoy the summer breeze, and listen to the spanish conversations. Heladería La Nocciola is your place to be for the best ice cream in Valencia. This clean, bright and quiet spot can be found just around the corner of El Carmen plaza/boulevard. I went back 3 times trying out many flavours including mango, melon and raspberry (please try!). Open 7 days a week, bring on the brain freeze ⛄️
🏡 Address: Carrer de les Avellanes 1, 46003
☎️ Contact: +34 960 0547 20
📧 Email: email@example.com
💻 Website: http://www.lanocciola.wixsite.com/lanocciola
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Sunday 12.30 pm – 11 pm |
Be Green Salad Company
After a few hours of shopping, I found Be Green by accident. They have a few vegan salads on the menu, but everything else can be veganized. Or you can mix and match your own. Besides the salads you can order several cakes, healthy sweets, fresh juices, cold drinks and coffees. All can be consumed in- or outside the restaurant, or wrapped up as a take away like I did and have a perfect lunch near the pond closeby. Be Green is located in the city center, same street as RAWffee. When you’re in the area and looking for a salad bar, this is your spot!
🏡 Address: Carrer de Martínez Cubells 10, 46004
☎️ Contact: +34 963 7693 14
📧 Email: pedido.begreensalads.com/pedir-online/
💻 Website: http://www.begreensalads.com
🕐 Opening Hours:
| Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 8.30 pm |Saturday 9.30 am – 8.30 pm | Sunday closed |
Almalibre Açaí Bar
Ok. So I don’t know what else they put into the açaí bowls at the Almalibre Bar, but their bowls were amazing. Maybe it’s the sunny weather, maybe the beautiful venue, maybe all above. But so far I haven’t managed to recreate the acai bowl flavour since being back home in Amsterdam. Needless to say, I strongly appeal to visit this place and try it for yourself. I visited the restaurant 3 times and enjoyed the açaí bowls and smoothies every time. You can mix and match the recipes for the bowls and smoothies or even create your own from scratch. They also offer a snack menu including nacho’s during the siesta hours. And they are open in the evening serving several burgers and salads. Great place, visit this bright and laid back stop when you’re in town 😃.