Throughout the city of Valencia, you will find all kinds of large chain stores, small vintage stores, department stores and shopping malls. But what are the best hotspots for shopping in Valencia?
Shopping streets in Valencia
Calle de Colon is the most well-known shopping street in Valencia. Here you will find the big chains such as Zara, Oysho, Berschka, H&M, Mango, Pull & Bear, but also smaller boutiques in the side streets. The Apple store and large electronics stores are also located on this street.
Calle Don Juan de Austria is linked to Calle de Colon and is also home to many well-known chain stores. Especially the more Spanish chains, such as Pull & Bear. The photo above this article was taken in this street.
Do you prefer to go for luxury? Then you should be at Calle de Poeta Querol. On this street, the expensive brands are located, such as Boss, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Loewe and Boss. Even if you are not planning to spend money in this street, it is quite worth a visit. There are beautiful buildings and an 18th-century palace that you can visit.
Shopping centres in Valencia
Aqua Multiespacio is a modern shopping centre north of the City of Arts and Sciences. The mall houses chain stores such as Mango, H&M, Zara, Levi’s, Guess, but also has a whole floor of restaurant chains (La Tagliatella, McDonald’s, Foster’s Hollywood) and a floor with a cinema, sports centre, hotel and coffee bars. You can also get a very nice view of the City of Arts and Sciences from this mall.
Centro Comercial El Saler is one of the oldest shopping centres in Valencia. You will find it just outside the old town, south of the City of Arts and Sciences. It is a very diverse mall for the whole family, with stores, restaurants and entertainment for the kids. The mall is bigger than Aqua.
North of El Carmen, on the other side of Turia Park, you’ll find Centro Commercial Nuevo Centro. This shopping centre is similar in content to El Saler.
A bit outside the city, near the airport, is Centro Commercial Bonaire. During a typical city trip, you probably won’t go there, because of the travel distance, but I’ve been there myself once and found it such a beautiful shopping centre, that I wanted to mention it anyway. In Bonaire, you will find over 100 stores, over 30 restaurants/dining establishments and a cinema.
Department stores in Valencia
One name that you will see passing by a lot in Valencia is El Corte Ingles. This is the largest and most famous department store in the city. Throughout the city, you will find different branches. Most with fashion and cosmetics, but sometimes only with household items and electronics.
Indoor markets in Valencia
Mercado Central is the most famous and largest market hall of Valencia in perhaps the most imposing building. Curious about what you can find there? I already wrote a separate article about it.
Mercado de Ruzafa Is the fresh market of the Ruzafa district. Here you buy only fresh products: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, etc.
On Plaza Redonda are stalls selling ceramics and bobbin lace. On Sundays, a flea market is held from 08:00-14:00h. A nice place to find knickknacks and souvenirs.
Mercado de Tapinería is a hidden gem in El Carmen. It is a small square for creatives, with a cosy restaurant and nice stores.
If you see the name Mercado Colón written somewhere, you probably expect a fresh market, but that is not the case today. Nowadays you will only find gastronomy in Mercado Colón: small restaurants where you can eat delicious food. Not for shopping anymore, but still a must-visit!
Are you staying more towards the beach, in the Cabanyal area, then you can visit Mercado Cabanyal for your fresh foods.
Map shopping in Valencia
To easily find the above locations for shopping in Valencia, I have created a handy map for you. Click on the icon in the top left corner of the map for a legend or on the icon in the top right corner for an enlargement of the map including the legend.
Opening hours stores in Valencia
The Spanish siesta tradition is probably familiar to everyone: between 13:30/14:00h and 17:00h, most Spaniards take a break. Smaller stores and boutiques may therefore be closed in the afternoon, but in a large city as Valencia not all stores participate in the siesta. The big stores, department stores and shopping malls are open all day: you can go shopping in Valencia from around 10:00h to 21:00h (may vary slightly from store to store).
On Sundays, the larger stores in the tourist areas are usually open from about 11:00/12:00h, but the smaller stores often remain closed.
Sale / rebajas in Valencia
Shopping at a discount, who wouldn’t want that! Some stores do have regular deals, but Valencia has two regular sale moments:
- From 7 January until the end of February: winter sale
- From 1 Juli until 31 August: summer sale
Tax-free shopping in Valencia
If you live outside the European Union, you can reclaim the VAT on your purchases in Spain. If you spend more than €90.16 in stores with a Tax-Free service, don’t forget to ask for a Planet Payment or Global Blue check. Getting a refund is possible through the tourist office in Calle de la Paz.
Do you know a hotspot for shopping in Valencia that is not yet in the list above? Please let me know and I will add it to this page!
Credits header picture: J.J. Myers