Over the years we’ve visited numerous covered markets in Europe. When we travel, market halls are among our favorite destinations. Whirling with action and packed with colors, smells, and flavors, markets fill the senses. And when we are living on Wanderlust, as we do for most of the year, covered markets with the variety of options are often the best and most practical place for us to buy fresh food.
We’ve visited a lot of great markets. This year alone we’ve particularly enjoyed the covered markets in Auxerre, Nancy, Metz, Melun, Meaux, and Joigny. But after visiting Mercado Central in Valencia we have a new favorite market.
Valencia’s main market might not have the variety of proteins or the selection of cheeses that can be purchased in a good French market but it is not far off. What Mercado Central does have is options. With nearly 400 vendors in over 80,000 square feet of floor space, Valencia’s main market gives a food shopper that chance to find the best quality and the best deals. If your mind is set on sea bass for the evening but you don’t like the quality at the first stall you will have more than a dozen other options nearby. Valencia’s Mercado Central is where I want to shop for dinner.
Note: If you visit Valencia’s Mercado Central be sure to also see the UNESCO World Heritage designated La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia nearby.