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Valencia offers all kinds of shopping experiences. Whether you’re looking for designer style around upmarket Plaza del Colegio del Patriarca, hip high street finds along Calle Colón, or one-off beatnik treasures in El Carmen, there’s something for every taste. Lovers of one-off bargain fashion will find that charity shops are thin on the ground in Valencia, but the city does have plenty of vintage and second-hand clothing stores, plus the occasional flea market. There are several special treasure troves to explore whether you’re shopping or just browsing.
Tucked away on one of our favorite streets in the El Carmen neighborhood you’ll find La Vespa Roja (The Red Vespa), a cool second-hand emporium where the 1970s are still very much alive and kicking. The slide music grooves you back to the days of rainbow glitter and flares, however the stock is pleasingly varied and includes some good military jackets and cute khaki berets alongside the ’70s gear. The prices are mid-range but the quality is good. Best buys are denim overalls, garish shirts, and plastic bead necklaces.
La Vespa Roja, Calle Bolsería, 6, Valencia, Spain, +34 615 97 48 89
On the upper corner of Plaza Tossal sits Clot Vintage. This is one of the biggest thrift stores in town and offers a comprehensive range of second hand denim, Converse All Stars, clutch bags, and retro dresses. They specialize in cowboy boots, and prices (and quality) tend to be low.
A more glamorous spot is Camden Vintage. Catering almost solely for women, this little hideaway has a distinct Audery Hepburn vibe. You’ll find vintage Loewe leather handbags and strappy sandals. Their racks sparkle with a mix of new and genuine vintage. Look for pretty skirts and short dresses and their in-house Chanel- and YSL-inspired logo T-shirts. Don’t expect a bargain: this is more of a dressing-up box; but you may find a gem for a fancy dress party or girls’ night out.
Camden Vintage, Calle Alta, 24, Valencia, Spain, +34 667 93 14 11
If you fancy a bargain hunt you might enjoy this spot next door, with its flashing neon SOHO sign straight off the streets of London. The rails are packed with a suitably shabby selection of grungy denim, fur coats, and a great selection of spiked-toe snakeskin boots.
SOHO, Carrer dels Drets, 33, Valencia, Spain, +34 963 91 24 63
By far the biggest and best second-hand flea market in town. Every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., come rain or shine, this immense outdoor market takes over the Mestalla Stadium car park. Regular vendors stock Valencian ceramics, antique hand-painted tiles, glass light fittings, and lace. Plus there are plenty of antique toys, second hand clothes, electronics, and retro Spanish magazines of a decidedly adult nature. The market is policed, but you’ll want to keep a hand on your valuables, and it’s polite to check with vendors before taking photos.
Rastro, Plaza Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain, +34 962 08 47 36