Valencia takes its food seriously: just look at how the Central Market – or Mercado Central – presents local Mediterranean products and cuisine.
The pre-modernist building is a cacophony of smells, sights and sounds before you even get to sampling how the food and drink on offer tastes. And there are many stall holders offering something to try before you buy.
It is one of the oldest running food markets in Europe, built between 1914 and 1928 and covering over eight thousand square metres. The high dome is the centrepiece of the market’s architecture, while below, piles of Valencia’s famous oranges, hams and cheeses put on a show. And this is the home of ceramics so expect to see some fine examples of highly decorated tiles and mosaics from stall to stall and in the structure of the market itself.
Even if you don’t have the facilities to cook for yourself while in Valencia, take note of the fresh fish for sale. This will be on the menus of the restaurants across the city.
Buy herbs and spices from the market to recreate your favourite Valencian dish when you return home!