The Colón Market

Mercado Colón

The Colón Market, admired for its architecture since 1916, encloses a gastronomic market for the delight of Valencians and visitors.

The Colón Market is an architectural gem that arouses the amazement of whoever discovers it for the first time, while feeding Valencian pride.

Designed by Francisco Mora Berenguer and built a century ago during the first extension of the city of Valencia, it was the residential area of the bourgeoisie of the epoch, the Colón Market is considered one of the main symbols of Valencian modernist architecture.

The building stands out for the combination of an imposing metallic structure supported by foundry pillars, the absence of side walls and its two monumental facades of stone set in brick.

The contrast between the functional and its rich ornamentation is one of its greatest attractions.

The floor of this market is rectangular, with three naves: a central one that reaches 18.60 meters in height and the two laterals, with cantilevers to each side.

With regard to the facades, it is necessary to emphasize the magnitude of its entrances in arc form, as in the glazed part of the access oriented to the North, that terminates in an original marquee.

The chromaticism and the beauty of the ceramic mosaics are due to its architect, Ricardo Tárrega, and can be appreciated both inside and outside the building. Focussing, for example, on the representation of oranges and clusters of grapes, two of the typical fruits of the region.

An authentic wonder!

Restructured into a gastronomic market

The Colón Market, as we know it today, cannot be understood without the rehabilitation of this building between 1997 and 2003.

At the close of the last century, the evolution of society, the appearance of new distribution models and the lack of maintenance resulted in the Colón Market falling into abandonment.

The rehabilitation project, commissioned by the architect Luis López Silgo, made it possible to recover and convert the old market into a gastronomic market, where breakfast, lunch, dinner or rest and have a beer, a coffee and even a delicious horchata, the Valencian drink par excellence.

The traces of the past, however, remain in trade related to the purchase and sale of goods such as florists, butchers, delicatessens, fishmongers and more specifically, the greengrocers whose owners are members of a family that amounts to four generations in the building.

Together, the Colón Market is a busy space dedicated to leisure, where Valencians and travelers intermingle in glazed shops and terraces watered by natural light. An ideal place where gourmet palates can also enjoy a relaxed, modern and modernist atmosphere.

Location: C / Jorge Juan, 19. 46004 Valencia.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 am to 2:00 am; and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:00 am.
Metro: Colón station. Lines: 3 and 5.
Bus lines: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 22, 30, 32, 40, 79 and N1.
Parking: Open 24 hours.