Market Mossen Sorell
Plaza de Mossén Sorell, 46003 València, Valencia
One of the greatest charms of this delightful, small market is its central location in the heart of the old town, specifically, the famed El Carme neighbourhood. And one of its best secrets is that it stands on the site of the old Mossen Sorell Gothic palace, devastated by a horrific fire in 1878, reducing it to ashes in just two days. From the ruins of one of the most important stately homes of late 19th-century Valencia emerged the current square, more spacious than the medieval one. And half a century later, in 1932, the market was built. Its current look – lots of iron and concrete with large windows, filling the interior with wonderful natural lighting – is the result of a 2008 renovation.
This sort of boutique market is divided into a space in the central area devoted to culture and leisure activities; shops selling fresh, local products, with organic fruits and vegetables having a particularly strong presence; and establishments where you can sample them. Highlights among this last group is the Ostrería del Carmen, with an extensive selection of salted fish and fresh Valencian, Galician and French oysters. It is a very popular spot to savour them along with a nice glass of wine or cava at a reasonable price. Another must-visit spot is the wine bar Vinostrum, which is very active in putting together cultural and culinary activities. It is noted for tastings of fine local wines, an extensive selection of beers and delicious tapas to delight visitors. The wide range of dining options in this part of Valencia does the rest, and on Thursday evenings and weekends, the market becomes a truly bustling destination.
Saturdays, 8.00am to 2.00pm, farmers from L’Horta, València’s agricultural region, sell their produce directly to customers in the streets around the market at the popular Tira de Contar.
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