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Best Markets in Valencia

What are the best markets in Valencia? In this article we highlight the best markets in Valencia.
|-Best Markets in Valencia

Valencia, a vibrant city on Spain’s southeastern coast, is a haven for expats and digital nomads who are drawn to its sunny climate, rich culture, and relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. One of the city’s many charms is its array of markets, where locals and visitors alike can find everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. Whether you’re looking to fill your pantry, decorate your home, or simply enjoy the bustling atmosphere, Valencia’s markets are a must-visit. Here are some of the best markets in Valencia that offer a true taste of local life.

Mercado Central

Location: Plaza Ciudad de Brujas
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7:30-3

The Mercado Central is one of the largest and most beautiful markets in Spain, housed in a stunning modernist building with a colorful facade and intricate mosaics. It’s a bustling hub where locals shop for the freshest produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, and more. The market is also a great place to sample traditional Spanish foods and soak in the lively atmosphere.

We Recommend: Trying the horchata, a refreshing Valencian drink made from tiger nuts, or indulging in some jamon Iberico, a delicacy that’s a staple in Spanish cuisine.

Mercado de Colon

Location: Calle Jorge Juan
Type of Market: Gourmet Food Market
Open: Daily, 7-2, 5-8

Mercado de Colon is a beautifully restored market that now serves as a modern gastronomic space. With its impressive architecture, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Here, you’ll find a variety of high-quality food stalls, cafes, and restaurants perfect for a leisurely lunch or an evening tapas crawl.

We Recommend: Sampling artisan cheeses and pairing them with a glass of local Valencian wine from one of the market’s upscale delicatessens.

Mercado de Ruzafa

Location: Calle de Pedro III el Grande
Type of Market: Neighborhood Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7-3

In the heart of the trendy Ruzafa neighborhood, Mercado de Ruzafa offers a more local experience. This market is less touristy than Mercado Central and is where many residents do their daily shopping. It’s a great place to find fresh produce, seafood, and a variety of other goods at reasonable prices.

We Recommend: Picking up some freshly baked bread from one of the local bakeries and some homemade empanadas for a delicious snack or picnic in the nearby park.

Mercado de Mossen Sorell

Location: Plaza Mossen Sorell
Type of Market: Neighborhood Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7-3

Located in the historic Carmen neighborhood, Mercado de Mossen Sorell is a smaller, less crowded option for those looking to shop where the locals do. It’s a great spot to find fresh fruits, vegetables, and other staples, as well as to experience the daily life of Valencians.

We Recommend: Trying some of the locally made chocolates or sweets for a delightful treat that reflects the flavors of Valencia.

El Mercat de la Tapineria

Location: Calle de la Tapineria
Type of Market: Pop-up Market
Open: Varies, check schedule for events

El Mercat de la Tapineria is a dynamic space that hosts a rotating selection of pop-up markets and events. From vintage clothing and accessories to handmade crafts and design items, this market is perfect for those looking for unique finds and gifts.

We Recommend: Keeping an eye on their event calendar for themed markets, where you can discover one-of-a-kind pieces and enjoy the creative atmosphere.

Mercado de Cabanyal

Location: Calle Marti Grajales
Type of Market: Neighborhood Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7-3

Located near the beach, Mercado de Cabanyal is a traditional neighborhood market in the maritime district. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and find fresh fish and seafood, as well as a variety of other goods.

We Recommend: Visiting on a Thursday when the outdoor flea market takes place, offering everything from antiques to clothing and household items.

Mercado de Artesania

Location: Plaza de la Reina
Type of Market: Craft Market
Open: Seasonal, usually weekends

The Mercado de Artesania is a seasonal craft market that pops up in one of Valencia’s most picturesque squares. It’s an excellent place for expats and digital nomads to find locally made souvenirs, jewelry, and art pieces.

We Recommend: Looking for hand-painted ceramics, a traditional craft in Valencia, to add a touch of Spanish flair to your home or as a thoughtful gift.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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