A new temple to cuisine opens in Valencia: the Mercado de la Imprenta
| 09.03.2023 | 08:32
Valencia now has the first large-format gastronomic market in the city, the Mercado de la Imprenta, whose name honors the original purpose for which the building was constructed in the early 20th century.
This unique structure is located in the central La Mascota Street, 17, very close to San Vicente Street, the AVE station and a few meters away from the Plaza de España.
A gastronomic, cultural and social space
The Mercado de la Imprenta has two levels. The top one has food and drink stands, and on the ground floor, a bar and eating areas have been set up with numerous spaces with tables and chairs.
Two settings with an 1,800-square-meter area in which to taste and buy gastronomic products and wines from different places but, above all, from Valencia, sourced by small companies that work with local products.
There is no shortage of traditional stalls such as vermouth shops, rice shops and tapas places, but international dishes such as hamburgers, sushi and pizzas are also available.
In addition to the food on tap, the market hosts a cultural program that ranges from exhibits of different plastic arts to Christmas markets and gastronomic product fairs.
A historic building
This complex was the former Imprenta Vila printers, and has now been carefully renovated by the interior design studio Janfri & Ranchal, which sought to preserve as much as possible of its original early 20th century style. Floors, railings and even the signage were restored, which was crafted by hand in the image and likeness of the original.
Although it has hosted a few film shoots and a Casa Decor a few years ago, this unique construction is not too well known by the public, to which it now opens its doors as it starts a new life.
A successful concept
The old printing press turned into a food market shares a concept that is present in other cities, such as the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid and the Lonja del Barranco in Seville, which boast a unique architecture adapted to be used and enjoyed by everyone.
The new Mercado de la Imprenta will be open Wednesday to Friday from 12 pm to 12:30 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 12:30 pm. For the time being, it will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for staff rest.