Eat local — Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Exterior view of Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Exterior view of Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

The modernist Mercado Central in the center of Valencia, Spain’s historic district was designed by architects from Barcelona and built in 1914.  It is considered the oldest continuously operating food market in Europe.  Reputedly, with 400 interior stalls, it is the largest covered food market on the continent; the market spans 8,000 square meters (over 80,000 square feet).

Typical Spanish breakfast -- churros and hot chocolate -- at a cafe outside Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Typical Spanish breakfast — churros and hot chocolate — at a cafe outside Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

We headed over to the market before breakfast to arrive while there was a good selection of the fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood.  Before we went shopping, however, we stopped at an outdoor cafe outside the Mercado Central for a typical Spanish breakfast — churros and hot chocolate.  A great start for the day!

Mercado Central (Central Market) stained glass windows, Valencia, Spain

Mercado Central (Central Market) stained glass windows, Valencia, Spain

Mercado Central (Central Market) interior, center aisle, Valencia, Spain

Mercado Central (Central Market) interior, center aisle, Valencia, Spain

The market is a venerable feast for the senses with its fresh, high quality products, ranging from an abundance of seafood, meats, vegetables and fruit from the farm, including Valencia’s famous eponymous oranges.  There are also several coffee and pastry stalls among the numerous vendors.  The market is a favorite with professional chefs, home cooks and tourists, alike.

Mercado Central (Central Market) domed ceiling, Valencia, Spain

Mercado Central (Central Market) domed ceiling, Valencia, Spain

The market is architecturally beautiful and well laid out, making shopping a pleasure.  We went home with 3 reusable nylon shopping bags full of purchases — great ingredients for daily breakfasts (more healthy than churros!), and several lunches and dinners to be prepared in our kitchen on the ship.

Olives at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Olives at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Mushrooms at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Mushrooms at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Fresh fruit at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Fresh fruit at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Jamón ibérico at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Jamón ibérico at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Mid-morning snack -- Jamón pizzetta -- at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Mid-morning snack — Jamón pizzetta — at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Cookies at Forn Pastisseria at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Cookies at Forn Pastisseria at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Gamba Rayada & Rojo (shrimp & red shrimp) at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Gamba Rayada & Rojo (shrimp & red shrimp) at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Cigalas (scampi) at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Cigalas (scampi) at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Red Mullet at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

Red Mullet at Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

2 thoughts on “Eat local — Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia, Spain

  1. Rich, Your photos are fantastic. Everything in the Central Market looks wonderful, especially the assortment of olives and the cup of espresso.  Donna

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