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.
LOOK IT’S COFFE O’CLOCK
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, on the La Marzocco event in Barcelona last June. Marian was participating in the aeropress championship (where she did a great job!) and the day after she came to have a coffee at Nømad Coffee. 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 time 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 sipped a washed Honduras made with the aeropress, which was good, but I enjoyed their Kenya couple of days earlier and that was outstanding!
Cutie and 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 the Spanish city. I love the fact that they used the color yellow. It makes it feel bright and sunny like the city. The shop opened not very long 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. It’s now a matter of keep practicing and improving. I have high hopes for this Los Picos and looking forward to come back here in a couple of months.
I was so happy to finally be back in Valencia and to have a cup of coffee at Retrogusto Coffeemates prepared by Martina. I know every coffee she prepared is on top and so was my coffee of that day. I was also happy to see that she was pretty busy on this morning and she has lot’s of kind regular customers. 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 customer. I convinced a customer to skip the sugar and he was so happy that he payed my coffee. How cute is that.
DULCE DE LECHE
My favorite moment of the day when on holiday is brunch time. Waking up not too early, not too late. Being too late for breakfast, but too early for lunch. That’s mostly me on a city trip. So after my morning routine I am heading to a lovely place and order a full table with some salty food, sweet delights, juices 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. Luckily lot’s of brunch places are now switching to specialty coffee, like Dulce De Leche here in Valencia.Everything is Instagram proof here, from the front to the inside, from the cakes to the juices. Like always I couldn’t make a choice, so I decided to go for a full table (and it was my birthday). I’ve ordered savory; multigrain croissant with tofu, sundried tomatoes and spinach, as my birthday cake dulce de leche and meringue. And a healthy juice and a café con leche. Since a couple of months they 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. This was the best place to enjoy my 29th birthday brunch!
Dulce de Leche has two locations. I’ve been to Dulce de Leche Boutique – Carrer del Pintor Gisbert, 2.
For me Valencia is an amazing city for a city trip. There is the small city where everything is at walking distance. Lot’s of things to do and to see. A great historical centre in combination with new stuff like street art and vintage shops. The city is full of nice restaurants if you like some traditional Spanish food or you want some fancy cuisine or vegan food. You can find it all. With renting a bike you can easily go to the large beautiful beach and see the city from a different side. Slowly the specialty coffee scene will grow here aswell, but for now you don’t have to make to many decisions where to have a good cup of coffee. On your trip you can visit them all and even a couple of times, so you make sure you’ve tried every kind of coffee the shops are offering. What is your favorite part of Valencia?