From Market to Market

By Karen Ocampo

“I went from market to market through all these years, because Mexico is in its markets.”

-Pablo Neruda

Markets are more than a place to buy and sell. They are the heart of every city, where you can breathe the cultural richness. This is where Mexico’s interesting colors, flavors, and sounds are concentrated. Here lies a great part of our cultural heritage and much of what gives us identity.

 

San Juan de Dios Market

Indio Triste 14B, Centro

One of the largest in San Miguel de Allende, San Juan de Dios Market has

e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Consisting of three sections, it is recognized as the place where people of San Miguel and surrounding communities seek out meat, produce, and household supplies, mainly kitchen, pantry, and clothing items.

If you wander from Guadalupe Avenue to Indio Triste Street, you can admire a parade of clothes for all occasions. Later, it’s easy to find food galore nearby: red meat, chicken, soy sausage, vegetables, fruit. Among the recommendations from locals, the shop Huarache Veloz (speedy sandal) is a classic place to eat. For a sweet, cool treat, taste a popsicle at “La Michoacana” ice cream store. There are clothing boutiques with Moreleón clothes, shoes, and watches. During the holiday season, the surrounding streets are closed, and this becomes the perfect place to get Christmas decorations and clothes for religious figures.

 

Mercado Ignacio Ramirez

Lucas Balderas, Centro

This is one of the busiest markets in the city. From early morning, you can consume organic food coming directly from the ranch. Also recommended, is the famous “chocomil” (as in chocolate milk.), which does not even contain chocolate, but everyone knows it well by that name. It is a drink made of evaporated milk, whipped with ice, and any flavor of your preference. Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla are the main options. You can find boiled chickpeas, jicama, and corn as well as a full selection of other local food.

“For me, the best part of this place (Ignacio Ramirez market) is the flower section,” says Lorena Suárez, originally from Querétaro. She frequently visits this city. If you go to the fruit and vegetable section, you will find a vast selection of fresh, varied, and beautiful flowers.

But the reason why this is the busiest market is its long corridor of arts and crafts—the biggest you can find in all San Miguel. Showcasing different work from Oaxaca to Chiapas, from silver jewelry to accessories made of beads, it is a place where all kinds of artists and craft lovers of Mexican culture are concentrated.

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It is the organic market that promotes and develops a culture of production in harmony with the environment. It is open on Ancha de San Antonio 32 every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Placita de Martes (Tuesday market)

Here you find everything you can imagine. This itinerant marketplace is located in colonia Ignacio Ramirez towards the road to Queretaro on Tuesdays. It has three sections full of products—from fresh food, such as fish and chicken, to vegetables, to live birds, to second-hand clothes and used tools.

Of the most popular products here is pulque, which you can enjoy with some delicious gorditas.

 

Placita de los Domingos (Sunday’s little market)

In the same place as the Tuesday market, there is a smaller option offering mainly clothes.

 

La Pulga (flea market)

This is a monthly option. You have the opportunity to go and seek interesting junk, or better still, go and sell what you have and don’t need. There is everything: food, dancing, antiques, and more. It takes place on Sunday 12-4pm in Los Pinos, on Salida Real a Queretaro.

 

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