We loved our time in Valencia in the summer! I was worried it would be overshadowed by the bigger cities on our itinerary (Madrid and Barcelona), but it certainly held its own. One of the places recommended to me in Valencia was Almalibra Acai Bar. I was unsure, because they don’t actually label the vegan options (and like any good, socially-awkward Brit, I hate having to inconvenience a server by asking a question), and because acai bowls sound far too fancy for me. When I described them to Dr HH, he scoffed. But we needed an emergency spot for lunch, and this was the nearest place that was open, so in we went. We both ordered acai bowls, and we were both instantly won over.
The bowls topped with granola are not vegan, but this one with chocolate chips, banana and a kind of peanut crumble was. There are 4 different sizes on offer, and this was the traditional: it’s definitely big enough for a meal. The nice cream was cool and refreshing, and the toppings were generous and delicious. We loved it so much, we went three days in a row.
It’s just a small place though – only four or five little tables indoors, and a few more outside. There are a couple of English menus, and indeed it seems that most of their customers are English speakers: it seemed very popular with American students. You can also get takeaway, and it’s right in the heart of the old town, so it’s definitely worth a trip.
And when you have finished being a sophisticated adult eating healthily, why not go to a giant playground? This is in the old riverbed of Valencia that has been turned into a gigantic park, and is a giant Gulliver climbing and sliding frame. It’s not open all the time, so definitely check the opening times before you head over there. Even at the weekend, it wasn’t crawling with kids as much as we’d expected, and there are so many parents on there with kids that you needn’t feel guilty if you are an adult trying to play too.
There are various points where you can scramble up, and then slide down without a care in the world.