Valencia, Spain is a fantastic place to go on a shopping frenzy! What’s best is that it suits all your needs and even your budget. Whether you’re hunting for elegant designer dresses, chic garments on boutiques, finding comfortable wear on the mall or strike a good bargain on the street shops.
Valencia Shopping for Fashion
The first stop for high shoppers is La Calle Colón (Christopher Columbus Street) where you can find shops featuring clothes from ultra elegant Spanish designers Emoprio Armani, Purificación García and Armand Basi to name some.
For famous brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Armani Jeans, Calvin Klein, Evisu, and Chevignon, the place to go is La Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the famous town square.
Valencia Shopping for Books
Valencia takes pride in its great varieties of book shops; it accommodates the desires of any avid bookworm.
To start off you can try looking at KandaABooks, located close to Plaza de la Reina. They offer great selections of second hand books, both fictional and non-fictional available in different languages. They also have a section for language books if you are interested to learn a new lingo.
If you want your tours to include a hunt for English titles, this bookshop is your destination. The Casa del Llibre has a large section for English books and also sells new books just with the right price, it is located on the boardwalk off Plaza de Ayuntamenta.
However, if you want to find out more about Valencia, the Libreria Patagonia is the place for you. They have guidebooks and maps all over their shop. It’s located near the public library.
Valencia Shopping for Arts and Antiques
Being a grand city, Valencia also holds a great history. Even with the rise of modernization, the city still preserves its culture and upholds its history.
Have a lively experience shopping for antiques at the enormous Mercado Central. Spend your time looking at arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles while enjoying yourself and never have a dull moment.
The Mercado de Ruzafa, being diverse and centered on the Plaza Baron de Cortes is also a great place to shop for bargains and souvenirs. While every Monday, a flea market is held nearby.
Valencia Shopping Tips Worth to Remember
First things first, Valencia tends to get pretty hot. So hydrate yourself and drink lots of water before you venture outside.
Set your alarms and get an early start, shops at Valencia usually open at 10 a.m. To avoid the rush of the crowd, better hit the malls and big stores between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., most of the people during these times are out on lunch or on a siesta. But also remember that some small stores also close at 5 p.m. so bear in mind these schedules when you plan you’re shopping day.
Here are some helpful Spanish words for shoppers: “liquidacion,” “traspaso,” and “rebajas”, simply means that they are on sale so watch out!
Be careful with your stuff and just bring sufficient cash for your shopping needs. You can control your expenses while keeping your pockets safe. Be aware that pickpockets are rampant especially in the crowded areas.
Remember these tips and you’re ready to go all out on your Valencia shopping spree.