The Ultimate Guide To Shopping In Valencia
With a growing number of shops, shopping in Valencia can be quite an experience. In this guide you will discover the best places to cover all your shopping needs during your stay in Valencia!
This post was first published on November 2nd, 2016 and updated with fresh content on April 21st, 2017.
There is no shortage of global clothing brands – both mass market and exclusive ones – in Spain’s 3rd largest city. Also amazing specialty products, such as top quality foods to take home and unique souvenirs.
So definitely consider putting aside some time for shopping during your stay in Valencia!
How To Save Money On Shopping In Valencia
If you happen to be a non-EU citizen, take advantage of discounts at El Corte Inglés. Visit their Customer Service Center (Atención al cliente) prior to making your purchases.
And anyone can benefit from the Valencia Tourist Card with discounts at select shops.
Valencia’s Sale Season
Sale sign. Image source: Eduardo A. Ponce
There are two sale seasons: in January and in July. Look out for the word “rebajas” (“sale” in Spanish).
Due to the economic crisis in the recent years, sales have been starting earlier year in year out. At the beginning of the sale the discount rates in Valencia are usually 25-30%. A couple of weeks later they go up to 50%, and an additional week or two in – up to 70%!
Therefore, if you can afford to wait, shop at the end of the sale at amazing prices. But keep in mind that popular sizes are usually sold out by that time.
The Best Places For Clothes Shopping In Valencia
Aqua Shopping Centre. Image source:Joan
Where to shop for clothes, accessories & footwear
- South of the town center. The best shopping places in Valencia are, without a doubt, around Calle Colón (Carrer Colón in Valencian – Columbus Street). Here you can find such medium-low priced clothing brands as H&M, Camper (Spanish casual footwear manufacturer), Nike sportswear, Oysho, Desigual (patchwork fashion), Zara clothing store, Mango, Pull & Bear, Lacoste, Cortefiel and El Corte Inglés department store (there are 2 on Colón Street: the one that sells lots of womens and mens clothes is El Corte Inglés located between Calle Colón and Calle Pintor Sorolla).
- The adjacent street Calle Don Juan De Austria (Carrer Don Juan De Austria) hosts more Spanish brands clothing shops such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Parfois and Springfield.
- Avenida de Francia area. You will find 2 major shopping centres next to each other: Aqua mall and a huge department store El Corte Inglés. There is also a cinema and a number of cafés and restaurants at Aqua, so you can spend a whole afternoon there.
- El Saler shopping centre. Here you can find all sorts of low price brands – from toys and eyewear to fashion.
- North-west of town centre. Nuevo Centro was the first shopping mall in Valencia to appear many years ago. It comprises two storeys of shops selling clothes, footwear, jewelery, accessories, and more. El Corte Inglés located here sells homeware.
- Arena is a pleasant shopping centre located in the northern part of the city. Medium-low priced fashion, a gym and a few cafeterias.
Shopping Outlets Outside Of The City
Bonaire outlet centre.
- Bonaire. Constantly evolving, this is a fun shopping place for clothes and accessories. In my opinion, it is the best place for shopping on the outskirts of Valencia. Shopping under the sky is double the fun and some of the restaurants here are worth visiting on their own (Nomada!). The low-price brand Primark has a huge store here. How to get there: Take a taxi or bus 160.
- Alfafar MN4. Low and medium priced clothing brands, cafeterias and a cinema. How to get there: Take a taxi or bus 183.
Mercado de Colón – a nice place with lots of terraces in a boutique district of Valencia.
- Poeta Querol street is the best place for shopping at boutiques in Valencia. You will find such upscale clothing stores as Salvatore Ferragamo, Farrutx, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss. Also check out Carrer de Sorní street for shops like La Quinta Con Austria.
- The streets between Calle Colón and Calle Cirilo Amorós. Start at Mercado de Colón (Columbus Market). Less expensive brands than those in Poeta Querol. Multiple Spanish quality clothing brands chose to be in Jorge Juan Street: Bimba & Lola (a fashion brand which also sells cool bracelets and necklaces, bags and purses), El Ganso (mainly focused on menswear, colorful but elegant). More fashion brands on this street: Javier Simorra, Purificación García, Cortefiel, Intropia, COS, Pepe Jeans, Tous. The nearby Galería de Jorge Juan (just across the road from Mercado de Colón) houses a few boutiques inside.
Children’s Clothing Stores
- You can buy children’s clothes at the shopping malls mentioned above. El Corte Inglés has a large section dedicated to kids wear.
- There is Mango Kids in Colón street. Other shops are located nearby: Tuctuc, YoSolito, RubioKids, Bóboli, Mi Pequeño Lucas.
Vintage & Second Hand Stores
Ruzafa (or Russafa in Valencian) is a trendy neighborhood with interesting little shops.
- There are a couple of vintage fashion shops in Russafa district, such as Kauf Vintage. North of Russafa check out El Vestidor Vintage.
Best Places For Cosmetics & Perfume Shopping In Valencia
The biggest concentration of cosmetics shops are in the city center.
- The best place for make-up shopping is at El Corte Inglés. They have the biggest selection of cosmetics and make-up brands at locations in Carrer Pintor Sorolla 26 and Carrer del Pintor Maella 37.
- There is also a MAC store on Calle Colón and a Sephora store in the Don Juan De Austrias shopping centre (downstairs), where you can buy perfume and make-up.
- Another large perfume seller is Druni in Passeig de Russafa.
- A large selection of natural and organic cosmetics is at Ecorganic.
Home Decor, Art Galleries & Antiques In Valencia
A splash of color – bowls at the Central Market.
- The locally loved home decor brand is Zara Home. You can shop at several Zara Home locations: Carrer Colon 18, Calle Jorge Juan 15. Also located inside the following shopping centres: Nuevo Centro, Aqua, Arena, Bonaire, Alfafar MN4.
- A great Portuguese owned home decor store is located at Aqua mall – A Loja Do Gato Preto. It sells all sorts of home items: tableware, cushions and bed covers, rugs, towels etc.
- The internationally famous upscale home decor brand Habitat is represented at La Galería Jorge Juan.
- In the streets Hernan Cortés and the parallel street Isabél Católica you can find a cheaper home decor brand Casa and Banak Importa and Kenay Home for wooden furniture and decor items.
- El Corte Inglés has a homeware section in their shopping centres at the following locations: Calle Colón, Nuevo Centro, Avenida de Francia.
- In case you are interested in Ikea, there is one – located a short drive from Valencia, in the town of Alfafar.
Antiguedades Talavera – Carrer del Literat Azorín, 30
Joaquín Guzmán – Carrer de la Tapineria, 18
Anticuario Antonio Pérez Sanleón – Carrer de la Puríssima, 5
Galería 9 – Carrer del Comte de Salvatierra, 9
Thema – Plaça d’Amèrica, 4
Benlliure – Carrer de Ciril Amorós, 47
Best Local Food Shops In Valencia
Top Valencian products at Original CV.
The best place for shopping for local packaged foods to take home is at Original CV , located across from the Central Market. Here you can buy all sorts of local delicacies. Also, check out La Despensa de la Reina which is close by.
The most typical foods to buy are:
- products made with the local tigernut (chufa in Spanish): orxata drink, tigernut oil, tigernut beer
- a rice cream liqueur
- a paella kit (only includes dry ingredients)
- orange infused products such as alcoholic drinks and preserves
- turrón (almond nougat)
- Valencian almonds Marcona
Of course, the best place for shopping for fresh produce in Valencia is the Central Market. Take home Iberian ham (jamón) and other cured meats, cheeses and your favorite types of olives. It all can be vacuum packed for convenient transportation.
The amazing architecture of Valencia’s Central Market.
Other food and delicatessen shops are:
- Cacao Sampaka – Brazilian chocolate store
- Manglano at Mercado Colón – Iberian ham, cheeses, wine
- Angolo DiVino – Italian delicatessen
- La Chinata – All sorts of gourmet packaged foods, olive oils and cosmetics
- Bodegas Gargallo – Iberian ham, cheeses, wine
After visiting some of the best places for shopping in Valencia, why not join in on the wine and tapas tour for dinner, during which we will also have a relaxing walk in the beautiful quarter of Ruzafa?