Let’s Go to La Placita
By Jade Arroyo
La Placita, or Tianguis del Martes (Tuesday Market), is the largest and most popular market in town. It’s located about 1½ miles from Centro, outside of town on the road to Querétaro. To visit this market is a true Mexican experience, and you will get a taste of real, popular San Miguel. You will probably even run into local acquaintances and friends hunting for bargains. The market is a large place, about the equivalent of three basketball courts, so in this expanse, you can find practically anything from DVDs to car parts, to birds and domestic rabbits, vegetables and fruit (it is very advisable to buy them here; they are fresh, sweet, delicious, and cheap!), to antiques, trinkets, and abundant piles of new and used clothing and shoes. You can even do some high-fashion bargain hunting if you’re lucky enough! There are hundreds of vendors in stalls situated under multicolored tarps, shouting their bargains aloud.
If you’re not so much into superflous things, and your fancy goes to memorable, soulful things, don’t miss out on the street food. You can get deep-fried fish, tacos, gorditas filled with all sort of delicacies, candies, pizza, and many other things for reasonable prices. The barbacoa (lamb) is famous. Just sit down at one of the long tables alongside everyone else.
The market is open from 9am through 4pm. If I you’re fit and willing, you can walk, but the two most common ways of getting there are by bus or taxi. The fastest and most comfortable way of getting there is by taxi. The fare from Centro is about 40 pesos.