Mercado del Mar
One of the best parts about visiting Puerto Vallarta is the abundance of fresh locally caught fish and seafood available year-round. When you are in town, be sure to visit the Mercado del Mar our favorite Puerto Vallarta fish market. It’s located in the 5 de Diciembre neighborhood.
Our favorite fish vendor is the Pescadería Plazola which has been in operation since 1966. Have them choose a variety of fish for you that you have never tried. They are a great source of information on how to choose fish and how to prepare it.
There are many excellent seasonal varieties that are less well known. On our last visit, we asked them to recommend a mild whitefish for people who aren’t bigs fans of eating fish. They told us to try the lengua fillets which were delicate and mild.
You can buy your fish whole or have them fillet it for you.
Shrimp is one of the few things that doesn’t come from the Puerto Vallarta area. It comes from Mazatlan, an internationally known shrimp producing region to the north.
When you buy shrimp you can ask them to peel it for you. A kilo of shrimp takes us about 20 minutes to peel and they do in two minutes. Save the shells to use to make shrimp broth.