Just five minutes’ walk away from the city centre is the quirky neighbourhood of Ruzafa, home to a wealth of independent coffee shops, bars, vintage shops and restaurants. The neighbourhood has a slightly ‘shabby’ character, but the area is not lacking charm! Therefore, making Ruzafa the ideal spot to walk around admiring the colourful houses and the effortlessly ‘cool’ area.

Ruzafa has recently undergone a revamp, from a less desirable location to the place to be in the city. Its proximity to the train station and Xativa metro means that it is an ideal base to explore the city from. In fact, for students, it’s less than a 15 minutes metro ride to the universities, allowing extra time in bed before that 9 am lecture! It is also extremely easy to reach other areas of the city from, such as Benimaclet, which is a great area if you’re looking to enjoy a night out on a tighter budget. Additionally, just round the corner is the main shopping area in Valencia, making it easy to access anything you need.

Things to Do

However, Ruzafa itself has a lot to offer and should not be overlooked. Much of the neighbourhood is centred around the local market, a very colourful rectangular building in the centre which would be very difficult not to spot. The market sells a wide range of local cheese, wines and products at a more reasonable price than other areas in Valencia. The market is a great place to try some traditional Spanish foods such as the Paella, which is traditionally from Valencia. A very authentic experience!

Dotted around the area are lots of Cafés, a great spot to catch up with friends or finally tick of a few of those tasks on your to-do list. A lot of these cafés are located in the colourful streets of Ruzafa, making it a very pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Many of these sell freshly baked cakes and it would be very difficult not to be drawn by the smell. However, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, many of these cafés offer brunch and great coffees. There is something for everyone!

Where to Visit 

If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, why not try one of the unique and independent bars in Ruzafa. There is certainly not a shortage in the area where you can try a ‘Agua de Valencia’, a delicious but deceivingly strong mix of champagne, vodka, gin and orange juice. However, head down earlier than usual to make sure that you make the most of your time before the 12 am curfew.

There are a lot of great bars to visit in Ruzafa, and Café Berlin is certainly one of them. Café Berlin offers another laid back vibe during the day, however, it is transformed in the evening into a happening bar. In fact, if you’re looking to practice your language speaking skills in French, English, Spanish, and even Japanese, Café Berlin regularly hosts language exchanges, where you can enjoy a drink with new people and learn a new skill at the same time. What’s not to like!

There’s a lot more in the neighbourhood, for example, a wide range of vintage shops where you can find retro fashion items from throughout the decades. If you’re looking for some unique pieces of clothing, then Ruzafa is the place to look. It’s almost guaranteed that no one will rock that same party dress as you. At the same time, if you’re looking to move away from fast fashion Ruzafa is also home to local produced Valencian brands, which offers plenty of sustainable options for you to look through.

If all of these sounds up your street, Ruzafa may be the perfect place for you to stay during your time in Valencia.

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