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El Alto de Colón, Valencia

Mercado Colón, 19 Jorge Juan
Spain 46004
Tel: 34 96 353 0900's insider take:

Built in 1916, the Mercado de Colón is an iconic Modernist market hall in cast iron and red brick; in 2003, it was transformed into a Covent Garden–like plaza by London-based architects BorgosDance. The makeover sacrificed some of the market's salt-of-the-earth credentials, but this top-floor restaurant is still an atmospheric place for lunch or dinner. Chef Enrique Barella's cuisine is contemporary but based on traditional Valencian recipes and ingredients, and immaculately presented. Go for lunch (try the sticky rice with seafood), when sunlight streams through the tall windows.

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