What to do and see in Valencia, Spain if you only have 24 hours and the best places to find vegan food while you explore and enjoy the city.
Valencia, Spain is a coastal, modern, and historical city that has so much to offer! One of them being an amazing vegan food scene.
Valencia has become one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Spain and this itinerary will show you how to visit five local favorite vegan restaurants and must-see tourist sights in Valencia, Spain. For a video version of this guide, see the full video here ¡Vámonos!
24-hours Vegan Tour in Valencia, Spain
Address: Carrer de Puerto Rico, 41, 46006 València
Start your morning in the trendy neighborhood of Ruzafa at Cafe Madrigal.
If you’re in Spain, you must try some favorite Spanish breakfast dishes; tortilla Española, pan con tomate, and café con leche. At Cafe Madrigal you can get all three of these dishes for a total of 3,90 € before 1 pm!
They will amaze you with how their tortilla Española tastes like the real thing. Tortilla Española, aka the Spanish omelette, is one of Spain’s most famous dishes and is traditionally made with potatoes and a lot of eggs.
However, Cafe Madrigal substitutes chickpea flour for the eggs, leaving you with a flavorful, and moist tortilla that can easily compete with any other.
This dish includes a tostada de tomate (toasted baguette with tomato puree, olive oil, and salt), and of course, coffee. They offer three kinds of plant-based milk to accompany that perfect café con leche. If you have more time this is a great district to return to since it’s filled with plenty of plant-based restaurants, bars, and clubs.
PLAZA DEL AYUNTAMIENTO
As you walk through the streets of Ruzafa, about 15 minutes away is la Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
This plaza is the main square in Valencia and one of the best starting points to explore the city.
Here you will find a beautiful mix of Spanish architecture which makes it such a delight for walking around and taking photos.
PLAZA DE LA REINA
Next, you will make your way to Plaza de la Reina. This plaza is the heart of the old city center. Here you will see the hustle and bustle of the city, beautiful cathedrals, restaurants, shops, and more importantly, it’s the next stop to your food adventure… CHURROS!
HORCHATERIA SANTA CATALINA
Address: Plaza Santa Catalina, 6
This establishment is over 200 years old and is one of the most popular places for churros and chocolate. Spanish style churros tend to always be vegan since the dough is made of oil, water, and flour. And since you must have churros with chocolate, make sure to ask for it to be made with water instead of milk to make it dairy-free.
This beloved market will fulfill any foodie’s dreams. It’s home to a plethora of produce and food stands.
The Central Market of Valencia is one of the largest in Europe, covering more than 8,000 square meters.
Make sure to try the fresh fruit, juices, olives, or stock up on paella seasoning.
EL CARMEN | PLAZA DE LA REINA | TORRES DE SERRANO
After Plaza de la Reina, about a 5 min walk away you will enter into the next trendy neighborhood, El Carmen. Its narrow streets are home to cafes, tapas bars, museums, and lots of nightclubs and bars.
Here you will find the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen where you’ll want to take photos for the gram and Torres de Serrano, which used to be the entrance to the city during the medieval period.
ALOHA VEGAN DELIGHTS
Address: El Carmen- Carrer dels Cavallers, 45, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
One of El Carmen’s favorite Vegan spots is Aloha Vegan Delights. Here you can get fresh pressed juices at just 4€ for a 16oz!
They also offer vegan burgers, a must-try kebab, fries, dessert, and much more.
Although this location offers a very small seating area inside, both locations are more of a take out style eatery.
Address: El Carmen- Carrer de Quart, 41b, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Hope you let your food digest because you’ll need room for this favorite vegan fast-food spot!
Khambu is where you go to get that comfort food fix.
They have a plethora of burgers, sides, salads, and dessert that you’ll want to try. Some favorites are the aros de mar (vegan calamari made of tapioca) and the Himalaya burger using the Moving Mountains plant-based patty.
Finally, make sure you don’t leave without getting dessert. They have a lemon meringue and pumpkin cheesecake that you’ll love.
Address: El Carmen- Carrer de Calatrava, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
A 3 min walk from Khambu is Dempandas. You absolutely can’t leave Valencia without trying this place. This Argentinian restaurant prides itself on offering vegan empanadas that even carnivores approve of.
Dempanadas offers 4 kinds of vegan empanadas:
- seitan and mushroom,
- soy curry,
- mixed vegetables, and
- tofu and wakame.
Don’t forget to add their secret sauce developed by the founder himself that will elevate the flavors even more. They also offer three kinds of vegan cakes to enjoy with some coffee.
JARDIN DEL TURIA
After all the eating, make sure to make your way toward the one of the best attractions of the city, the Jardin del Turia. What used to be a river was transformed into a park that goes through the city. This is Valencia’s most visited park. With a length of 10km you can walk all the way down from El Carmen to the City of Arts and Sciences seeing beautiful greenery, rivers and futbol fields. You can also rent a Valenbisi
CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The City of Arts and sciences is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. You will see beautiful architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, enjoy visits of L’Hemisfèric, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, L’Umbracle, L’Oceanogràfic, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia and more.
Well, that’s a wrap friends! There’s so much more to discover in this beautiful city, so if you can, try to stay longer than 24 hours 😉
In case you spend more time in Valencia, these are some restaurant recommendations:
- Tierra Madre Vegan for Paella (check out the video)
- Cake Project (they serve all vegan, gluten-free, no refined sugar desserts/food)
- Restaurante Copenhagen
- El Mosset de Cabanyal (near the beach)
- Sweet Marine Bakery
See a video version of this guide below.
Find a map with all the locations here thanks to Wanderlog
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