The terraces open again with the good weather...and all dishes taste better. That's why all the bars and restaurants throughout the city put their tables on the sidewalks so that you can enjoy a good meal in the open air. From the first days of spring (and sometimes even earlier) the terraces in Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen fill up with sun-hungry tourists - especially if they come from Northern Europe. There's no denying that a beer with Miguelete tower in the background is very charming (and your friends on Instagram will envy you), but València has many more terraces that will tempt you. Here are some suggestions:
A table with a view:
Let's start with the recent openings, such as the Sky Bar Restaurant on the roof of the Ateneo Mercantil, right in the centre. The views of the city are impressive... if you go there, look at the statues crowning some of the buildings in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento! In addition to enjoying the Mediterranean cuisine, the barman will delight you with his cocktails. Or try the recently opened Àtic Bar and Panorama Restaurant of the Palau Alameda.
Are you looking for a new perspective? Climb up to the VLC Urban Club Terrace at del Hotel Expo, next to the Jardines del Turia Gardens, and order a gourmet hamburger, enjoy the original "tapas de autor" of La Terracita del Hotel SH Valencia Palace, or have a drink at the 270º Barceló Valencia, with spectacular views of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
The taste of the sea (or fresh water)
In a city like Valéncia, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the numerous restaurants overlooking the sea are undoubtedly the most tempting offers. You can choose from the classic restaurants on the Paseo Neptuno, such as La Pepica, the elegant terrace of the Brasserie Sorolla in the Hotel Balneario Las Arenas or the more trendy atmosphere of the Marina Beach Club. From the panoramic terrace in the harbour basin you have the best view of the coast. And on the other side you can choose between the restaurants that line the Marina de València and the Malabar terrace in the Veles e Vents building.
Are you perhaps more of a freshwater sailor? Then reserve a table on the banks of the Albufera, on the terrace of the Nou Racó restaurant. An incomparable natural setting where you can enjoy the Valencian dish par excellence that originated here: the paella.
A snack in an urban corner
As you enter the narrow streets of València's old town, you will find charming corners where you can stop to refuel. In many cases these are small squares, accessible only to pedestrians, shaded by trees or by the adjacent buildings, and filled with terraces in the warm months. Take a lunch break on the terrace of La Bernarda in the Mercado de Tapinería, have a coffee in Plaza de Santa Úrsula and admire the Torres de Quart or try the tapas on the terraces of Plaza Rodrigo Botet, Plaza del Negrito or Plaza del Carmen.
And if you are shopping in Colón Street, look for the pedestrian area in Mossen Fernades Street and order seafood on the Civera Terrace...
Do you prefer a rather unconventional, bohemian atmosphere? Come to the Ruzafa district and reserve a table at Doña Petrona Terrace in Plaza del Barón de Cortés or in the bars and restaurants in Plaza del Doctor Landete or in Calle de Vivons, which is also pedestrianised.
Sun or shade; with views of the countryside, the sea or the open air; menus to suit all tastes and budgets... On the terraces of València everything is covered. Bon appetit!