Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Strolling through the Mercado Pino Suarez - the central market

A kind of map of the Centro Historic. The central market is in the square. The Plazuela Machado is underlined. The little check mark is about where we usually park when going downtown. The campground is many miles north of here on the other edge of town. 
The market was built in the late 1800's and opened in May 1900. At that time Mazatlan was tp prosperous city and could afford the $116,453 US price tag. The building sits on 29 columns, each column is about 30 feet tall. The are 250+ vendors in the market. They sell everything from trinkets to chicken feet. 
This vendor sells women's clothing. Bill talking to the owners. 
Isn't this magnificent. All tiny beads. Didn't ask the price.
Serapes and hats. 
Great looking belts. 
All the floors are newly tiled. They finished them over the summer. 
What they looked like last spring.
Leather masks.
He has been selling guayaberas - fancy men's shirts ever since we've been going there. In fact a couple of years ago Bill bought a couple. 
Leaving the clothing and souvenir section heading to the grocery section. All things chicken. Feet, gizzards, necks, whole chickens.  
Fish anyone, all kinds, many vendors. 
Many colorful pinatas for sale. 
The meat section. In refrigerated cases now. Years ago they weren't kept cold. 
Where's the beef? Right here. What cut do you want? 
Not sure pig or beef? 
Don't mess with the man with the knife. 
And my favorite The smiling pig heads. 
Into the fruit and vegetable section. Everything smells so good. 
Vegetable salad all cut up and ready to eat.n
Fruit with lime slices. Again ready to eat.n 
Vegetables, fruits and bags to carry them in.
Exotic fruits. I think the red ones are Dragon Fruit. 
There are also several places to take a break and sit down to have something to eat in the market. 

A short video I took while walking through the produce section. Lots of people there, lots of noise. You can hear me telling Bill, "I'm right behind you."
There are shops that sell spices, some sell prepared food, other dry goods or cleaning supplies. Even some just selling candy. So much to see.
Lots and lots of t-shirts available. Some good quality some really cheap quality. Some pretty and some just plain dirty.
 The shirt in the lower left corner is a guayabera. 
Back outside. Buses stop on both side of the market, making real traffic jams sometimes. 
The second floor has restaurants.
And so ends our trip through the Mercado Central. On a real busy day, like when the cruise ships are in it is so crowded and loud I can only take about five minutes of it before my claustrophobia kicks in. 


SandyM said...

Always an adventure to go there - thanks for sharing your photos.

Carol and Bill said...

My pleasure

Contessa said...

You have so much energy to post. Your love of Mexico and especially Mazatlan shines through.