You simply cannot visit Valencia and miss out on tasting the local speciality, Horchata, a refreshing beverage made from chufa (tiger nut), a tuber that can only be grown in soils with specific properties. This exclusively Valencian product, consumed since the Arab occupation of Spain, has been given its own controlled designation of origin. It is typically enjoyed in the summer accompanied with a 'farton' (a type of long, sugared pastry). That being said, people do drink it all year round! Opposite the Santa Caterina tower as its name suggests, the Horchateria Santa Caterina is one of the best places you can visit in Valencia to taste this speciality. It is one of the oldest and most popular establishments selling Horchata in Valencia, benefiting from two centuries of know-how. We really liked its Art Deco decor influenced by the French Second Empire style. Don't hesitate to wander up the superb staircase embellished with colourful azulejos to admire the majestic room upstairs. Another one of the region's well-known specialities that you can try at the Horchateria Santa Caterina is Agua de Valencia (Valencian Water), a blend of Champagne and fresh orange juice, or you can just stick to the classics like a good hot chocolate, ice cream and other sweets and local pastries, like a delicious pumpkin pie. Its rival, El Siglo, situated practically opposite, is another one of the city's institutions, open since 1836.