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.
VALENCIA LOUNGE HOSTEL
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.
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.
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.
DULCE DE LECHE
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.