Markets are the heart of every Mexican town. Not only do they serve as places to do your grocery shopping but they also serve as community centers where you go to meet with friends and to eat a meal.
A Visual Walkthrough
Take a visual walkthrough of the Mercado San Juan de Dios, one of the two principal traditional markets in San Miguel de Allende. The photos were taken on an early January morning just as the market was coming to life for the day.
Every market has food stalls which are worth a visit for great homestyle meals at very reasonable prices. One of the specialties at Doña Raque is pancita, a dish similar to menudo.
The displays at the market are always a visual treat. There is a saying in Spanish, “de la vista nace el amor” which roughly translates as “love begins at first sight.” Competition at every market is stiff and each vendor works hard to entice you.
Visiting the Market
If you are interested in visiting the San Juan de Dios market, it is located about six blocks and a 10-minute walk from the “Jardín,” the main Plaza in San Miguel de Allende. The address is Indio Triste 14B. The hours are 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
Pictures of the San Juan de Dios Market by Andrés Carnalla.