Milkshakes and a modernist railway station in Valencia
Ruzafa, is one of the coolest neighbourhoods you can visit in Valencia. The Spanish chasm of a municipality is decorated in creative expressions and street culture, unique to only Europe. Although, not littered with the typical museums and monuments, filled to the brim with interesting/expressive artworks, a Brit would expect to find while traversing through Spain, Ruzafa does have a railway station with a history. I absolutely adore railway stations for the dusty past that almost all have, in Europe, I think it’s safe to say.
The Estación del Norte is actually a by-product of modernism – an art movement, that gained force in the mid-19th century, and was built in 1917, during the First World War. Titanic and shaped up with oranges and orange blossoms (two of my favourite things about Valencia), the station has a ticket hall that was made possible because of local craftsmanship, skilled in designing with materials as diverse as wood and glass.
For something truly modern, there is an organic market that props up on Sundays: in the morning, on a weekend, expect to find fruit, vegetables, pulses, cheese, bread, wine, and oils. There is also a workshop at this Parish-effort in El Patio De Ruzafa that teach you how to make both bread and soup, as well as how to pull off rooftop gardening of vegetables. The colourful street off Calle Cadiz, meanwhile, is very soulfully European: you can go for coffee at Tula Café, and expect to enjoy it all in the presence of music.
Because it is open every single day, the place is quite convenient for busybodies, who cannot keep track of the time because they are so knee-deep in work. You know what that feels like – missing one too many lunches just so you do not sink underneath all of the work. At Tula’s, the milkshakes and granizados, are a favourite with modern locals, but there are also cocktails for anyone who feels up for it in the evening.