What to buy
You can find something for everyone in València. Here are a selection of some items not to be missed on your trip to València.
Silk products are among the most sought after of city's handicrafts. Wickerwork is another of València’s main craft industries, with Calle de las Cestas lined entirely with shops selling wicker products. There are also homewares, handcrafted designs and other items available, to remind you of your visit to València.
We must not forget ceramics, synonymous with the history of the region and represented by the flagship Lladró brand. Held during the month of May, the L’Escuraeta fair is the place to find earthenware and clay items.
The local markets, such as Mercado Central, are the ideal place to purchase the best of city’s culinary delicacies. Salted fish, serrano ham and olives are among the most typical of the region’s produce and can be vacuum packed. Local wines, horchata, Agua de Valènciaand Mistela also make excellent gifts. And of course, we mustn’t forget the three varieties of Valencian rice (Senia, Bomba and Albufera) and the famous chufas (tiger nuts). More creative visitors can also buy an kit to cook authentic Valencian paella.
The city’s shopping area par excellence is Colón and its vicinity. In addition to more popular high street brands, designer stores sporting Valencian names such as Dolores Cortés, Álex VIdal and Siemprevivas, can be found on a stroll through the neighbourhood. Poeta Querol is known as València’s golden shopping mile, with brands including Loewe, Luis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Roberto Verino, Zadig & Voltaire, Caroline Herrera, Camper and Salvatore Ferragamo.
València has a long jewellery tradition, with legendary stores dedicated to the trade found across the city. The mastery in the work of certain precious stones and innovation in design coupled with tradition make it impossible to resist purchasing an item of jewellery as a souvenir.