The Mercado Central in Valencia, Spain, is one of the biggest food markets in Europe. Vendors have every kind of fresh fruit and vegetable you can think of, and some you’ve never heard of. There’s also meat butchered on site, imported foods of all kinds, liquor, and an entire wing for fresh seafood.
The market dates from 1918, and while climbing the stairs to its main entrance, it’s nearly impossible not to stop and admire the facade. Ceramic tiles are set above the arches, framing a massive circular window which bears Valencia’s coat of arms. And after entering the market, you’re likely to once again stop in admiration. Brightly lit, deafening and chaotic, with thousands of veggies and fruits creating an intoxicating blend of smell and color, the first impression of Mercado Central is paralyzing. But don’t stand still for too long, or an army of irritated old ladies will plow you down with push-carts employed like battering rams.
Juergen Horn and Mike Powell shop there as often as they can while staying in Valencia. Let them take you on a tour of the Mercado Central in words, videos, and a mouth-watering gallery of photographs, at For 91 Days.