It’s a good feeling when you stumble upon a travel gem without even trying.
Café Sant Jaume is our small find in the old quarter of El Carmen – only later do I read of its enviable reputation as one of Valencia’s best bars.
On the café terrace in the late winter evening, people sip cocktails, cervezas and wine. We step into the warmth of a beautiful small bar with a marble counter and carved woodwork, and shelves upon shelves of bottles behind. It’s the Bar of Plenty.
Agua de Valencia (Valencian water) sounds like a refreshing drink to quench the thirst. I’m sure it does, but don’t give it to a child. Cava and freshly squeezed orange juice are mixed with gin and/or vodka to create a lovely looking glass of goodness. Each bar has its own way of making it – the focus that is poured into Café Sant Jaume’s own version is second to none.
No. 3 and I opt for the ingredients separately (without the extra splash of spirit, because at this stage of the weekend I don’t need any help to be on my last legs).
Locals stop by for a chat at the bar, and we indulge in some gentle people-watching as we sip our drinks and soak up the atmosphere.
It’s a fine way to say goodbye to Valencia.
Café Sant Jaume can be found right here: