• NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

ENSANCHE, VALENCIA

Valencia's top luxury district...

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HOSPES PALAU DE MAR

Valencia may still be best known globally as the birthplace of paella, but in recent years it's edged onto the international style scene. From Santiago Calatrava’s futuristic museum complex, the City of Arts and Sciences, to cutting-edge boutiques, a world-class party scene and the inimitable Hospes Palau de Mar, Valencia is a true cosmopolis. And the district of Ensanche -- defined by the stylish triangle of Gran Via and Valencia's prime shopping stretch, Calle Colón -- is the city at its most glamorous. Antonio Pérez Navarro and the team at Hospes have been nice enough to share their inside tips to Valencia's top luxury district.
  • SHOPPING

    MERCATBAR

    Opened in 2010, Mercatbar is the first restaurant in Valencia by star chef Quique Dacosta, whose eponymous restaurant in Alicante is one of the new leaders of avant-garde cuisine in Spain. Here, innovative interpretations of classic tapas are served up not by waiters but by the cooks themselves. Joaquín Costa 27
    +34 963 748 558
    MERCATBAR

  • DINING

    SANTA CATALINA

    Santa Catalina is Valencia’s most famous Horchateria. Besides the typical Horchata, a drink made from the juice of chufas, or tiger nuts, and said to date from the city’s Islamic period, the 8th to 13th centuries, you can also find other products like “Agua de Valencia”. Don't miss the chocolates or house-made ice cream either. Plaza Santa Cantalina 6
    +34 96 3912 379
    SANTA CATALINA

  • FRANCIS MONTESINOS
    SHOPPING

    FRANCIS MONTESINOS

    Valencian fashion designer Francis Montesinos' contribution to the industry has set artistic standards and developed new trends. In 1972 he opened his first shop in Valencia; today his shop on Conde Salvatierra, selling mainly women’s haute couture, plus a few items for men, is an exuberant work of art in itself.
    Conde Salvatierra 25
    +34 96 394 0612
    FRANCIS MONTESINOS

  • JOYERÍA GRACIA
    SHOPPING

    JOYERÍA GRACIA

    One of Spain’s leading contemporary jewelers, Vincente Gracia finds inspiration for his designs in the history of Valencia and its surrounding coastline. His discerning client base includes the Spanish royal family and collectors from all over the world. His shop is close to “Plaza de la Reina” and Valencia’s famous Cathedral.


    Calle de La Paz 4
    +34 963 528 583
    JOYERIA GRACIA

  • SHOPPING

    LLADRÓ

    Renowned for its quality, its highly personal style and for the creative ambition of its pieces, Lladró is one of the last great European porcelain brands. The modern Lladró Boutique in Ensanche carries a careful selection of pieces and is the only Lladró shop in Valencia.
    Poeta Querol 9
    +34 96 3511 625
    LLADRÃ?

  • ART & CULTURE

    THEMA

    Thema is one of the most famous art galleries in Valencia. In 2006 they opened their second location on Plaza de Americana. Making good use of the magnificent location, there are many temporary exhibitions from artists like Abraham de la Calle, Adriá Pina and Augusti Puig, as well as a great permanent collection. Plaza América 4
    +34 96 335 6827
    THEMA

  • DINING

    RIFF

    At the Michelin-starred Riff, chef Bernd H. Knoeller offers up his bold interpretation of the cultural spirit of the Mediterranean. In 2011 the gourmet guide of the Valencian Community awarded Riff as the best restaurant of the year.


    Calle Conde Altea 18
    +34 96 3335 353
    RIFF

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C. WILDER

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