Thisis... the Ultimate Valencia Shopping Guide
Valencia is fantastic for shopping, whether you’re searching for designer chic, high street bargains or one-offs from little boutiques.
La Calle Colón (Christopher Columbus Street) should be your first stop. Begin at La Plaza de Toros (the bullring), and work your way along this wide, bustling, street. You will find 5 Zaras, 2 Mangos, 2 Cortefiels, Blanco, 3 El Corte Inglés’, underwear stores Oysho and Women’Secret, Bershka, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti for great smart workwear, Promod and many more. Essential casual menswear stores along Colón include Springfield and Pull & Bear, but ultra elegant Spanish designers Purificación García, Adolfo Dominguez and Armand Basi are also a must, and most of these also do fab Ladies’ clothes too, so not all is lost! Emporio Armani is here too! As you reach the other end of Colón, the whole area either side of the road is riddled with great stores, whether it’s Furla, Accesori, MiSako, and all the shoe shops on La Calle Jorge Juan, for accessories, bags and footwear. If it's home furnishings you want, Artikel, Bañon, La Oca. Zara Home and La Galería Jorge Juan, you will, there is no doubt, find what you need.
A must see is the Mercado de Colón, also on Jorge Juan. A recently restored early 20th Century Modernist building, this beautiful marketplace is a lovely place to take a mid-morning break and have a Cappuccino de Verano – a real treat. After you’ve finished on Colón, head out through the back door of El Corte Inglés into La Plaza de Alfonso el Magnánimo, a lovely leafy square with the most fascinating trees in Valencia. Just to the left is the official Valencia Club de Fútbol Shop for all sports fans who may want to take home a V.C.F. shirt!
Walk through the Plaza and you get to the bottom of La Calle de la Paz. There are various sports shops along this very pretty road, including the Quiksilver store, and also some great gift and home stores - Ale Hop is especially great fun. When you reach the new Carolina Herrera store, you are where Designer Store Heaven begins. Turn left along La Calle Poeta Querol for Valencia's Golden Mile, Hermès, Loewe man, Loewe woman, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Roberto Cavalli, with Alex Vidal not far away. If you head to the right at the end of Poeta Querol, up La Calle de las Barcas, you come out into La Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Town Hall Square. Apart from being a vital visit in the guidebooks, this funny shaped square has some really great boutiques for men and women. For Dolce & Gabbana, Armand Basi, Donna Karan, Bill Tornade, Helmunt Lang, Armani Jeans, Calvin Klein, Evisu, Chevignon, Jean Coloma, and Dirk Bikenberg´s, Miss Sixty, Energie, and Fornarina, Lucio (menswear), Cool*, Para La Cubana, and Kawaleon (also a trendy café with internet access) are great little all-purpose stores with individual pieces for the über trendy. As you walk through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, you will find La Calle San Vicente running across the top of the square. Turn to the left and you will find jewelry and smart clothes shopsand around here will find yourself in front of Sofoko for really funky t-shirts at really low prices. They also sell some accessories by Refresh* (the actual shop is in Calle Cadiz,17, nº10). All around this area, round the old Mercado Central (Central Market), are several kooky skate and alternative shops, selling surf and skatewear and handmade jewelry/bags/bongs/piercings etc, Malasaña, La Pulga and Ghetto are three important stops round this area.
Carry on up La Plaza del Mercado and right up Bolsería, you are now in El Barrio del Carmen. On Bolsería and then left at the end into La Plaza del Tossal and La Calle Quart there are some really fab fashion forward shops, from Custo Barcelona, Komomolo, The Place and Sunset to Modern Look Industries and the Sixty Nine Shop, there is no way you won’t find something you like, but be prepared for some fairly hefty pricetags. Have an explore around this area, the true little gems are well hidden, but you’ll be glad you had a root around. And you’re probably absolutely exhausted after all that shopping so stay around for a meal, the Carmen is full of excellent eateries.
BONAIRE PARQUE COMERCIAL Y DE OCIO
CENTRO COMERCIAL ADEMUZ
CENTRO COMERCIAL EL SALER
CENTRO COMERCIAL GRAN TURIA
CENTRO COMERCIAL NUEVO CENTRO
MERCADO DE CAMPANAR
EL CORTE INGLÉS-HOGAR
EL CORTE INGLÉS-MODA
EL CORTE INGLÉS
EL CORTE INGLÉS
EL CORTE INGLÉS-ADEMUZ
EL CORTE INGLÉS
EL OSITO, CIUDAD COMERCIAL Y DE OCIO
GALERÍA COMERCIAL D. JUAN DE AUSTRIA
HERON CITY PATERNA
LA GALERÍA JORGE JUAN
In the heat of June and July you might even like to head out to a shopping centre (centro comercial), to stay in the cool of the Air Con and see all shops under one roof, though obviously you won’t get to see the incredible architecture. We recommend Centro Comercial El Saler, opposite the City of Arts and Sciences.
It is hot herein the summer! As you are shopping you tend not to realise how dehydrated you get. Make sure you stop and drink plenty of water – bottled water is cheap as chips and all over Valencia are little quioscos (kiosks) that sell everything from sweeties and chewing gum to magazines and newspapers- and of course that much-needed Agua! Look out for little green huts or little doorways filled with magazines.
As you are wandering around the town, don't forget to look up! Some of Spain's most beautiful architecture is here, and the tops of many of the buildings are adorned with turrets, towers and even dragons!