For most of the year, Valencia has beautiful blue skies. But in this city with an average of only 44 rainy days a year, October is the rainiest month, as I found out when it rained on three days out of my four-day stay.
To get a full sense of the size of the market, you'll need a 360° view.
The market's central dome is decorated with Valencia's famous oranges.
Chufas (tiger nuts)
Tiger nut are most commonly used in horchata. If you want locally grown tiger nuts in bulk, Mercado Central is probably the best place to get it.
This is one of two stands that specializes in eggs.
Head to Supergourmet for wine, olive oil, vinegar, jam, and more.
Tomato lovers should try Raf tomatoes and Valencian tomatoes, known for having great flavor (and unique appearances).
Ham, ham, and more ham
For jamón lovers, there are over 20 charcuterias in the market (Jose recommended this one).
Prefer chorizo? You'll find plenty.
La Boutique del Queso
This stall features cheese from all over Europe, along with Valencian cheese.
Garrafó beans are used in traditional Valencia paella.
Snails are also an ingredient in Valencian paella.
This stall's specialties are lemon and garlic.
You'll find saffron, mild or spicy pimentón (spanish paprika), and other herbs and spices at this stall recommended by Jose.
Fresh seafood is sectioned off in its own wing of the market.
Eels, shrimp, mussels, and cuttlefish are just a handful of the kinds of seafood on sale.
Also tucked away in the mostly seafood wing are unpreserved meats and offal—brains, tongues, hearts, pig feet, lamb heads, and more.