The appeal of buying second-hand and vintage is yet to reach much of Spain. So you might be surprised to find that Valencia is home to many good vintage clothing shops, clustered along the cobbled lanes around Plaza del Doctor Collado, close to the Mercado Central. But if you really have the eye of a magpie, or are looking for cheap antiques, you may prefer to go bargain hunting at the city’s vintage flea markets. There are only a handful so far, but they seem to be growing in popularity.
The artsy district of Ruzafa is a natural starting point for any curious vintage shopper, and it doesn’t disappoint. A monthly pop-up market is held on Sunday mornings at El Patio, a versatile space next door to the much-loved UBIK café and bookshop. Called Il Market, it’s run by local event organizers Il Quartiere. The narrow corridor leads you to a sunny hideaway packed with table-top stalls mainly selling second hand women’s clothing, shoes and bags. Good finds include leather jackets, denim, designer labels and up-cycled vintage fabric bags and purses. El Patio is famed for its Sunday lunch paella and you can enjoy watching the chefs cooking up a feast on giant gas rings at the back of the garden. Ruzafa is delightfully peaceful on Sundays, so this is the perfect time to stroll around and soak up its famous pueblo (village) atmosphere.
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