Central Market (Mercado Central)

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Key Info

Avenida del Barón de Cárcer

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than your local supermarket. One of the oldest food markets in Europe, Mercado Central (Central Market) is adorned with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with residents purchasing local foods from trusted vendors selling everything from meat and vegetables to pastries and take-away items.

Recent visitors were invariably impressed by the expansive range of food and beverages on offer here, with some describing the market as a "foodie paradise." Reviewers recommended stopping by, even if you don't plan on purchasing anything.

Open Monday through Saturday, the Mercado Central operates from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free of to peruse, but you may want to have some euros on hand in case anything appeases your taste buds. For more information on vendors, visit the market's official website.

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The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.

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