A Mexican tradition that can be traced back to pre-hispanic times is the Tianguis, an open air market or bazaar usually held on the same day every week, where locals can purchase a variety of items, from fresh produce to clothing and so forth. In addition, and despite the fact that for several decades supermarket chains have firmly established themselves throughout Mexico, traditional markets or mercados continue to draw customers in many cities large and small.
Finally, and inspired by similar offerings in the US and Canada, farmers markets have arrived in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities, offering locals and expats a healthy alternative to purchase a variety of products, not to mention the opportunity to mingle and socialize.
Seing our destination through these markets is, without a doubt, a cultural experience. From products you may have never seen before at the tianguis to all the interesting expats that enjoy hanging out at the farmers' markets (plus the wonderful meals you can frequently enjoy right on the spot), you can have an excellent grocery day if you already live here. And if you are considering relocating, the markets are an excellent way to get to know a bit more about the communities where they take place.
Two markets take place in Puerto Vallarta (in colonia Emiliano Zapata) on Saturdays, and within walking distance from each other:
Whether you need hair ribbons or a lethal machete, an embroidered tablecloth or a set of tires, a live chicken or the pot to cook it in — it’s likely to be at a local tianguis.
Not nearly as large and colorful as mercados found in larger cities, there are two local mercados where you can get a feel for the experience of shopping for groceries in a traditional, Mexican fashion: