Valencia’s Mercado Central – glorious food.
When I was in Spain this past summer, I took a break from the FIB music festival and traveled solo by train into the city of Valencia for the day. My first stop and primary destination was the famous Mercado Central.
An easy walk from the Valencia train station, the Mercado Central was very easy to find. Just a walk up the main street and veer to the left where the road forks. It was built in the early 20th century, has wonderful decorative ceramics and plenty of natural light from windows in the roof.
Whether you’re a foodie or not, the Mercado Central is a must on any visit to Valencia.
I tried to capture the rich bounty available in the market in pictures and, while these aren’t bad, they just can’t portray the energy of the people as they went about their Saturday routines of carefully selecting the fish, pastries, fresh bread and vegetables for what I’m such would be wonderful meals at home.
But I didn’t have a kitchen to take any food home to. I was an observer and no more. I couldn’t participate in the collective selection of food and meal planning that everyone else seemed to be enjoying. Ah, but visiting the market was a pleasure all the same.