Specialty coffee & sleeping in Valencia

Specialty coffee & sleeping in Valencia

My main goal for my 29th birthday was to be out of town, do whatever I want and have the best day ever. I planned a city trip to Valencia and had the best birthday ever in this sunny Spanish city with lot’s of food and specialty coffee.



There are lot’s of great places to sleep in Valencia, but I felt in love with the Valencia Lounge Hostel. The first thing I look up when I’m planning is a nice hostel. With my budget hostels are the best option and what I love about this place is that you have an amazing private room for an affordable price. Normally I stay in a shared room, so this was super comfortable for me to have my own space. You find the shared bathrooms on the hallway. Everything in this hostel was really clean, well organized and chill. It’s a small cosy hostel in the old town of the city close to the Mercat Central and about 20 min. walk from the train station. Every room has it’s own concept and I was lucky to stay in the beautiful and colorful surf room. Lot’s of daylight, comfy bed, big closet and mirror and definitely a plus; a kettle on the room. It was the perfect place to celebrate my 29th birthday.Valencia Lounge Hostel Spain where to sleep bedroom hostel

Valencia Lounge Hostel Spain Where to sleep



The specialty coffee scene in Valencia is very small and grows really slow. In 1,5 year time there is one new coffee place and the bigger brunch places are switching to specialty coffee. I am very curious what will happen in the next year. So, this trip I could slow down on my coffee consumption, because I only had to visit three coffee shops and one brunch place which just switched to specialty coffee.


I’ve met Marian, one of the owners of Bluebell, on the La Marzocco event in Barcelona last June. Marian was participating in the Aeropress championship (where she did a great job!). It’s always great to meet coffee girls that share the same passion. The first time I visit Valencia I didn’t had the time to visit Bluebell, but actually I am pretty happy I didn’t, because not long after that they started roasting their own coffee. I’ve tried Bluebell’s coffee several times and every time I was impressed. With knowing Marian and missing Bluebell in my Coffee Guides, this is one of the reasons I booked this trip. The place looks cosy and there is hanging a nice vibe. When the weather is great (which is quit a lot in sunny Valencia) you can sip your coffee on their patio.Bluebell specialty coffee Valencia aeropress la marzocco

bluebell specialty coffee valencia coffee beans



Newbie in town. If it wasn’t for my coffee friend Dani who was in Valencia around the same time, I never knew about this place. I was happy to see at least one new coffee shop in this Spanish city. I love the fact that they used the color yellow. Makes it feel bright and sunny like the city. The shop opened not a very long time ago, but the owners are very proud of what they have created. Fair enough. The place looks great. Los Picos offers coffee from different kind of Spanish specialty coffee roasters like Don Gallo, Ineffable and Puchero. Their concept is to change the coffee very often, so they can offer their clients almost every day some new coffee to try.Los Picos Specialty coffee shop Valencia

Los Picos Specialty coffee Valencia new

the Exploring Barista Mariella Giljam specialty coffee blogger


I was so happy to finally be back in Valencia and to have a cup of coffee at Retrogusto Coffeemates prepared by Martina. At this tiny coffee stand in the Mercat Central you can choose from coffees from Nømad Coffee and Right Side, both from Barcelona. And now they added Square Mile beans to their assortment. I’ve enjoyed a beautiful double espresso from Ethiopia, natural process by Right Side. It was super tasty, well balanced and on top. Another thing I love about Retrogusto is the fact that you can’t sit down. When you gather around the stand for sure you will have a nice chat with another coffee loving customer.

Retrogusto Coffeemates Valencia specialty coffee

retrogusto coffeemates espresso right side specialty coffee valencia


My favorite moment of the day is brunch time. After my morning routine I am heading to a lovely place and order a full table with some salty food, sweet delights, a freshly squeezed juice and a cup of coffee. That’s how my table needs to look like to put a smile on my face and ending with having a happy belly. Many brunch places are switching to specialty coffee nowadays, just like Dulce De Leche in Valencia. Everything is Instagramable here, from the front to the inside, from the cakes to the juices. I decided to go for a full table because it was my 29th birthday. Since a couple of months this café changed their coffee to specialty coffee by D-origin. The coffee was okay, but what normally happens with busy brunch places where the food is excellent they don’t pay enough attention to the coffee or they are missing a skilled barista. But happy to see they switched to specialty coffee.Dulce de Leche specialty coffee d-origen Valencia brunch

Dulce de Leche brunch breakfast Valencia

Dulce de Leche Valencia brunch specialty coffee


2 thoughts on “Specialty coffee & sleeping in Valencia

  1. Hoi Mariella , ben net zelf terug uit Valencia , helaas lees ik je blog nu pas, maar herken natuurlijk wel eea uit je verhaal.
    Hele gezellige stad .
    Groetjes van je oude landlady

    1. Hallo Marian. Bedankt voor je berichtje! Super leuk dat je naar Valencia bent geweest. Inderdaad een hele gezellige stad! Ik hoop dat je een hele fijne tijd hebt gehad. Liefs, Mariëlla

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