Where do you eat brunch in Valencia?
Neither breakfast, nor lunch: brunch, the wonderful anglicism that has become the perfect excuse to hit up a culinary homage in the middle of the morning. A contemporary ritual to celebrate the weekend, to get together with friends or family on lazy mornings and to have a party complete with the aesthetic care of sweet and salty dishes, juice, cocktails, tea or coffee.
In Valencia we have a few local places that offer excellent quality. They are in privileged areas and are full of good taste in every corner. Here we leave you some ideas of where to enjoy a good brunch in the city of Túria.
The creative minds of Ana and Javier are the culprits behind what was born in Valencia a few years ago: a nook where you can savor sweet moments and get away from the daily routine. a beautiful boutique with European air, Mid-Century furniture, many plants and natural light coming through its windows and flooding its terrace. An sweet place, it was inevitable that with a name like Dulce de Leche and the gifts of Ana, but it also has you licking the salt off your fingers with savory dishes at brunch.
Some examples include their stuffed bagels, their huevos rancheros, accompanied by organic coffee or tea, orange juice, yogurt with fruit, and pastries, completing the brunch menu with a champion quality to price ratio. In the Argentinian, German and Spanish specialties that cover the menu, you will always find a healthy product of the highest quality.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 9:30pm
Photos: Javier Ferrer Vidal
Before we say a word about the food, let’s talk about the coffee. And not just any coffee: be warned that after you try Bluebell you may not want to order anywhere else. It was one of the first third generation coffee shops in Spain to have specialty coffee. A unique product made locally at the hands of expert baristas who control the whole process, from the roasting of the grains, until the filtered coffee is served in your cup.
What happens when its flagship product, the food and drinks are some of the most succulent, complete and original brunch examples in the city? The offer is completely irresistible. Homemade sweets, a waffle with mushrooms, truffles, arugula ham and a poached egg, and even delicate Asian-inspired dishes, such as pho style noodles served with caviar, salsa and an egg. In its attempt for natural and healthy foods, the menu includes some very interesting products, such as Kombucha, a fermented drink with probiotic properties.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 9:00pm
If there is a place in Valencia to enjoy a breakfast with genuine British flavor, it’s this cafe located in the heart of the Colón market. Ma Khin, has a delicious menu of Asian dises for lunch and dinner, but her husband, Englishman William Carr, is the one who we owe the sophisticated and delicious breakfast to. Which, of course, has an Asian touch , the inevitable consequence of the colonial stamp of the coffee.
The brunch here stands out for the perfection of each dish, starting with the classic English food -bacon and fried or scrambled eggs- moving to their light and tasty samosas, and getting to William Carr’s favorite breakfast -Eggs Benedict and a homemade muffin with spinach. It draws attention to the quality of the hollandaise sauce and the perfection of the eggs, the sourdough toast and the taste of the English tea and natural juice. To put our sweet tooth to use during breakfast, we have to have some of their homemade cake.
Hours: Monday to Friday 1:00pm to midnight / Saturday 9:30am to midnight / Sunday 9:00am to midnight.
In La Más Bonita, we find it in an almost insurmountable place: located on the first line of the Patacona, a beach attached to the city, but where you can still breath in some of the tranquility of the coastal town. A small house on the walk with an interior patio where turquoise and white reign, where the smell of the Mediterranean and the light dominate. In this little piece of Valencia breakfast is nice and delicious.
In its long list of options to design your own brunch, you’ll find salads, sandwiches, creams, toast, homemade jams, and fried or scrambled eggs, among other things. Here they use organic foods and make artisanal, homemade and healthy dishes. There is also no shortage of cakes, which are served in extra large servings and you can order to take home.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 1:30pm; kitchen is open Monday to Friday 8:00am to midnight.
Photos: Laura Torres
This cafe/restaurante in the Xúquer area is packed every morning on the weekends. Still it is difficult to feel overwhelmed in its spacious room with high ceilings. The white brick walls don’t hide the exposed metal beams and vents, and on one of them we find what has become their signature: a spectacular mural of a bear that appears to be devouring the food that is served on the tables.
A carefree atmosphere and a menu made in the USA; casual food to enjoy with friends, a good conversation and zero pressure. Brunch options include coffee, natural juice, a slice of cake, and several main options: yogurt with fruit and granola, different versions of Eggs Benedict or even a hamburger with Roquefort butter.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00am to midnight
Text and photos: Marta Pascual