To the south of the Old City you’ll find the trendy Ruzafa neighborhood. You can’t miss the curious market building – once a drab concrete rectangle, now decorated in all the colors of the rainbow. Inside there’s plenty of color, too. Though this market is much smaller than the central market, it’s said to have a more traditional feel. You’ll find the same excellent-quality fruit, seafood, charcuterie and much more. Make time to stop for a café con leche at one of the many independent café-bars on the surrounding streets and squares.
Mercat de Ruzafa, 11, Plaça del Baró de Cortés, 9, Valencia, Spain, +34 963 74 40 25
Fans of architecture and fancy food will love this spot. This beautiful market building south of the Old City district is no longer a working food market; the old stalls have been replaced with rows of chic cafés, craft stalls and a pop-up event space hosting bands or photo exhibitions. Downstairs you’ll find an upmarket deli selling all kinds of amazing charcuterie, cheese, wine and olive oil. Soak up the architecture and atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, pick up some gifts, and if you’re lucky there might be live music, too.
Mercado Colón, Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, Valencia, Spain, +34 963 37 11 01