From sushi in San Jose to a taste of the Mediterranean in Austin, Valencia destinations offer the opportunity to sample food from cultures around the world in easy-to-find neighborhoods.

Japantown [San Jose, CA]

Japanese Food

There are more than a dozen Japanese restaurants, sushi joints, and ramen houses in this expansive neighborhood just north of downtown San Jose, which is also home to art galleries and museums celebrating Far East culture. Your trip won’t be complete without a stop at comfort food staple Gombei Restaurant for teriyaki and donburi, or Kazoo Japanese Restaurant for fresh sushi and one of 80 kinds of neatly packed Bento boxes.

Stay with us: Hotel Valencia Santana Row

North Central & Alamo Park [Austin, TX]

Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Food

You’ll have to cover some ground to hit every spot here, but your reward is nearly a dozen restaurants within a 10-minute drive that cater to your love for falafel and shawarma. Start at Pasha Mediterranean Grill for gyros, kebabs, and huge plates of seasoned beef and lamb, and be sure to visit Jerusalem Grill for fresh grilled dinners and the best-reviewed hummus in the city.

Stay with us: Lone Star Court

Downtown [San Antonio, TX]

Mexican Food

There are 49 restaurants for every 10,000 people in San Antonio, one of the highest ratios in the entire country, with more than two dozen Mexican restaurants downtown alone. Acenar Modern Texmex is the place to cut your teeth on the potquito de todo or “little bit of everything” that features shrimp skewers, marinated beef and sausage, alongside beans and pico de gallo, while Mi Terra Café and Bakery is the place to try uniquely Mexican desserts, including starchy, sugary-sweet candied sweet potatoes.

Stay with us: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk