A Perfect Day in San Miguel
Let´s go to el tianguis
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Even after a visitor has seen all the best-known sights the city has to offer, there is still much to see and do in San Miguel. If it’s Tuesday and you find yourself asking, What can I do now? there is a simple answer. Go where the locals go: the Tuesday market, also known as el tianguis and la placita.
Tuesday market Salida a Querétaro
El tianguis is the oldest weekly market in town. Every Tuesday residents and visitors from town and countryside alike flock to the market, attracted to its reasonable prices and vast assortment of goods and foods. Vegetables, prepared food, clothes, CDs, cell phones, pets, tools and even old Mexican coins can be found at the market. It’s more difficult to think of what you can’t find there. The market is open Tuesdays from 9am to 5pm. A smaller market is held on Sundays at the same site.
Before buying music CDs, ask the vendor to play your selections briefly. Many are not originals and might not play.
There are two ways to get to the market by public transportation: by taxi, which costs about 30 pesos, or by bus, for 5 pesos. The bus stop is located on calle Mesones at the corner of Colegio.
Do not forget to try the venison tacos.
Saturday Farmers Market Ancha de San Antonio
The Tianguis Orgánico de San Miguel de Allende (TOSMA) is held every week on the grounds of the Rosewood hotel and residences. Aside from a wide and varying selection of organic produce and other products, artisanal clothing and jewelry are also for sale, along with other goods.
The aguamiel, fresh agave juice, is delicious.
The market is within walking distance of the historic center.
Breakfast is available for on-site dining at a communal table. Have a bite and meet new friends.
The sixth annual Chili and Charros benefit cook-off, featuring samples of more than 50 kinds of chili and frijoles charros, takes place January 28 at Hotel Real de Minas. Advance tickets are available at Harry´s for 130 pesos; tickets are available at the door for 150 pesos. For info see www.chiliandcharros.com.