The Central Market
Market, Spanish, $$$
An absolute must when visiting Valencia, a visit to this market is one of the top food experiences in the city. This enormous Art Nouveau building in the Ciutat Vella (Old City) area houses one of the oldest running food markets in Europe, completed in 1928 and covering over eight thousand square metres. But this is no dusty old relic or tourist attraction; every weekday and Saturday the market is packed with shoppers – many of them locals armed with shopping trollies, doing the weekly fresh produce shop. It’s easy to get lost among the rows and rows of stalls in this huge, usually very busy space, but that’s all part of the fun. The high dome is the centrepiece of the market’s architecture, while below you can spot the decorative ceramic tiles for which the area is known. You can pick up everything you need for dinner, or just stuff your face during your visit; sample the meats and cheeses at one of the many charcuteries, pick up some freshly-squeezed orange juice from the fruit stalls, or sample the local pastries at the bakeries. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of locally produced wine to take home.