Valencia’s vibrant streets are bursting with local color and flavors, and the diverse array of markets that fill them are no different.
Valencia’s markets are as varied as the city itself. You’ll find the largest fresh food market in Europe and a collection of stalls in a humble former fishing village. They also provide the perfect opportunity to live like a local. You’ll hardly hear any tourist chatter as you make your way through the stalls! Consider supporting local vendors at one of the many markets in Valencia. Here are five to get you started.
1. Mercado Central
A trip to Valencia wouldn’t be complete without visiting its biggest and most famous market! The Mercado Central packs 300 vendors into an 8,160-square meter space filled with fresh, local products. From the stunning interior architecture to the incredible selection of food, you’ll want to spend all day here! It’s no surprise that this is the market we just had to include on our Valencia Food & Market Adventure.
Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n
2. Mercado Colón
Another of the most impressive food markets in Valencia is Mercado Colón, which celebrated its centennial in 2016. It’s located in one of Valencia’s most emblematic buildings, designed by Valencian architect Francisco Mora. In addition to enjoying a delicious variety of food, you can also buy locally made decorations to give your home a classic Spanish touch.
Address: Calle Jorge Juan, 19
3. Mercado del Cabanyal
This market lines the streets of the Cabanyal district each Thursday. You won’t know whether to browse the offerings in the stalls or admire the colorful buildings that surround them! The Mercado del Cabanyal, located in Valencia’s old fishing quarter, is one of the most truly authentic and local markets in Valencia. Because it’s the biggest street market in the city, you can find everything from sheets and towels to shoes to fresh produce.
Address: Calle Justo Vilar, s/n
4. Mercadillo Paseo Marítimo
Take advantage of your day at the beach to check out the offerings at the stalls along the seaside promenade. The market located along Valencia’s Paseo Marítimo is a great place to find clothes and souvenirs while enjoying the ocean breeze. Visit in the summer, when it’s open until late afternoon. Afterwards, head to one of the nearby restaurants for paella!
5. El Rastro
Valencianos could go to church on Sunday mornings… Or they could go to El Rastro, a gigantic flea market in the parking lot of the city’s football stadium. It’s easy to spend hours here, and it’s one of the best places to find an authentic souvenir from your trip to Valencia due to its huge variety of items.
Address: Avenida del Cid, 30
Step into local life at some of the best markets in Valencia and more when you join us on a food tour! After learning about the culture of this vibrant city and tasting the best locally-made food, you’ll feel almost valenciano yourself at the end of the day. We hope you’re hungry!