Valencia is Spain’s third largest city, a vibrant Mediterranean hub, and it also happens to be one of the best hotspots for food lovers in Europe. The dining scene is thriving, and local restaurants celebrate regional favorites that are steeped in tradition. Most of the ingredients used in Valencia’s cuisine come directly from the surrounding countryside, such as paella rice that grows in fields just outside of city limits, and the tiger nut plant used to make the local drink horchata.
The options in this food-loving city are all worth a try. You can enjoy cured ham croquetas for lunch and risotto with shiitake mushrooms and Tuscan kale for dinner. Then there’s the iconic paella and gelato along with local favorite drinks like horchata and vermouth. Here’s where to try the best of Valencia’s regional flavors.