Even if the streams of tourists and regatta fans from the America’s Cup have vanished, there is still plenty to see and find out in this sunny seaside town. Here are some of the hottest places to go…

To find little alternative designer stores and inhale a streetwear-inspired air in narrow graffiti-adorned alleys, go to El Carme area. Interesting spots there:

Altra Trash
Young designers and streetwear brands.
C/ Alta, 12

Irai
Small designer brands.
C/ Alta, 38
+34 96 392 3362

Mistic
misticvalencia.com
Scotch&Soda, Fornarina, 10 Feet, Zu Elemento, J.C. Rags.
C/ Quart, 13
+34 963 382 331

Skunk Funk
C/ Alta, 22
+34 963155135


But there are fashionable hotspots all around town…


Beloved
Kulte, Luxoir, Take Two, Meltin’ Pot, Amplified, Clan, S.O.S, Scotch&Soda.
C/ Ciscar, 65
+34 963730002

Cool
Replay, Fornarina, Freesoul, Energie, Guess, Vsct, Scotch&Soda, Killah, Adidas, Colcci, Blauer, G-sus.
C/ San Vicente, 35 - 57
Tel. 963526257

Diesel
C/ Pascual y Genis, 17
+34 963 943 780

Eleven
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Y-3, Comme des Garçons, Ann Demenle-meester, Freitag, Mamarisi, Raf Simons, Linda Farrow Vintage, Zvezdochka, Nike, Neil Barrett, Comme Des Garçons, Forme D’expression, Ring.
Pasaje Ripalda, 12
+34 963531319

La Calle 42
Custo Barcelona, Miss Sixty, Freesoul, Guru, Guess Jeans, Energie.
C/ Don Juan de Austria (Boulevard Austria), 4
+34 963944116

North Sails
C/ Poeta Querol, 10
+34 963519646

Quiksilver Boardriders Club
C/ La Paz, 34
+34 963 526720

Showroom
Merc London, Fred Perry, Vans, Nike, Adidas, Replay, Scotch&Soda, Le Coq Sportif, Pharmacy, Nudie Jeans, Insight.
C/ Lauria, 10
+34 963156877

Tommy Hilfiger
C/ Jorge Juan, 14
+34 96 3532 829

Tonuca
tonuca.com
Yono Taola, Zazo&Brull, Mariona Gen, Tmx, Point Virguele, Dos Mares, Lise Lindvig, Chie Mihara.
Calle Felix Pizcueta, 20
+34 963940555


Valencia is full of beautifully designed restaurants with classic regional food and innovative cuisine.


L’Ou
Traditional and creative food
Pza. Gestalgar, 3
+34 96 317 3217

Carpanel
Traditional cuisine
C/ Sant Francese, 38
+34 96 2281 585

La Tacita de Plata
latacitadeplata.com
Tapas
C/ Blanqueríes, 12
+34 96 391 1106

Mediterráneo
restaurante-mediterraneo.com
Valencian food, fresh from the market
C/ Vadell
+34 96 288 5999


One can have a drink at the harbor or in one of the stylish bars around town.


Buddha del Sol
budhadelsol.com
Camí del Tremolar s/n
+34 607 659 705

Destino 56
destino56.com
Paseo Neptuno, 56
+34 96 365 5041

L’Umbracle Terraza
umbracleterraza.com
Av. Autopista del Saler, 5 (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
+34 96 331 9745

Sandanski
C/ Sueca, 42
+34 616 794 241


Good design is also visible in the various hotels.


Hotel AC Valencia
ac-hotels.com
Avda. De Francia, 67
+34 96 331 7000

Hotel Barcelo Valencia
barcelo.com
Avenida Francia, 11
+34 963 31 01 83

Hotel La Taifa
lataifa.com
C/ Las Eras, 130
+34 96 210 1258 / +34 659 417 522


And to get the party started…


Pacha

pacha.com
San Vicente, 305
+34 678 700 884

Arena Auditorium
Emilio Baro, 71-73
+34 963 628 828


Compiled by Barbara Stockinger, associate editor


Photo: Colorful Valencia