Paella in Valencia- La Pepica Restaurant

Valencia is the birthplace of paella, the iconic dish that was to become the Spanish national dish, enthusiastically devoured by people all over the world.

Obviously, we needed to eat paella here. The only question was, how to find paella worth eating that we wouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for. I did some research and found La Pepica, a casual fish-hall style restaurant located directly on the beach and has been around for 120 years. They have a giant picture of Ernest Hemingway on the wall, who used to lunch at La Pepica often when he lived in Valencia around 1925.


This was the place. I waited impatiently until evening, and we arrived promptly at 8:30pm (!) when they started serving dinner.

IMG_8013Traditional paella is made with rabbit, chicken, land snails, green beans, and big white beans. The seafood paellas looked great too, but I figured that this particular place called for the original recipe.
It was incredible. Perfectly cooked perfectly, with socarrat on the bottom and everything, exactly as it should be.
IMG_7966I ordered this white rioja as well. First one I’ve ever had. Loved it.
The kitchen:
So happy we came here!

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