The El Tianguis Tuesday Market In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico-What TripAdvisor Doesn’t Tell You

I was horrified when I read the comments on Tripadvisor about the El Tianguis Tuesday Market in San Miguel.  Someone (obviously a gringo) wrote, ” I personally prefer local supermarkets and especially Superama in Queretaro, some 40 mins. from San Miguel.” When I read these words, I knew these insane comments that were obviously written by a crazy person must be disputed. People need to know how amazingly full of culture this market is. (My bet is that person who wrote those words moved back to the US shortly after getting here.)

The El Tianguis Tuesday Market is one of my favorite things to do in San Miguel de Allende. The market is huge (about three football fields huge) and going there makes me feel like I am in “real” Mexico. (As opposed to the Disneyfied version and sterile supermarkets that much of the rest of San Miguel is.)

Valen Dawson Tuesday Market

The huge Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”-Photo taken by Susan York-http://www.cupcakesandcrablegs.com

The Best Food is at El Tianguis

Yes, it’s true. You will have the best food in all of San Miguel de Allende at the El Tianguis Tuesday Market (Ok, besides at El Pato.)  Local vendors sell everything imaginable from tacos of every kind imaginable, to gorditas, carnitas, barbacoa, fried fish, down to even pizza and corndogs. You can get coconut milk horchata, agua frescas, and fresh juices to drink.

Agua fresca at the tuesday market/“El Tianguis”

Cecina Tacos

My favorite thing to eat in the market are the cecina tacos. Cecina is cured beef that has been salted and hung on a clothesline in the sun. How to describe this? It’s kind of like the bacon of beef, but it’s moist instead of crispy. It’s saltiness makes you want more. It’s decadent. But IT GETS BETTER. The tacos are served with french fries on top. Yep, french fries. And cooked onions. Yeah, life is only sometimes better than this.

Cecina Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

Cecina meat stacked up just waiting to be eaten

Tacos cecina

The meat awaits…..wait for it….the french fries…..

Cecina Tacos San Miguel de Allende Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

One Of The Few Perfect Tacos In Life

Valen eating cecina taco at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

Could You Stop Taking My Picture So I Can Eat This Thing?

Cecina at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

This Is Meat Perfection Right Here, Baby

Ok, I know you’re saying, “Enough with the cecina pictures.” I just want to get the message across to you, especially if you’re a gringo, saying, “I’m never gonna eat meat that’s been dried on a clothesline.” that it’s time to ungringofy (the next Urban Dictionary word) yourself and try something new. You’re welcome.

Something For The Vegetarians

The Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis” is also the place you should be buying your produce if you live in San Miguel. Hell, even if you don’t live in San Miguel ,you should totally just take this produce on the plane home with you because, guess what? That produce they ship to your local grocery store? They take all the produce that’s leftover from the Tuesday Market and they ship it to your store. Yep, and you pay 5 times as much for it. So do yourself a favor. Buy a plane ticket to Mexico, buy your produce at the Tuesday Market, and fly home. You will still come out ahead. Especially, if you get a dental treatment while you’re here. Then, you will definitely come out ahead. See, I’m the poster child for that:

Me, the poster child for dentists in Mexico

Me, the poster child for dentists in Mexico

Just don’t get your dental treatment at the Tuesday Market.  Although, I’m sure they have a stall for that, too. So, here’s some examples of the produce, so that if you do all of your shopping at one of those expensive organic grocery stores, you can be jealous now.

garlic at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

You don’t see garlic this fresh in the grocery store

grapefruit at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

This is so beautiful it must have been shipped in from Florida

Strawberries at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

Check out this mountain of strawberries! That comes out to about $1 US for over 2 pounds.

Tomatoes and Nopales at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

Nopales….and tomatoes….

Radishes and Cauliflower

Radishes and Cauliflower

Mamey fruit

Trying mamey fruit

Chile and Mango at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

Mmmm….mango with chile on top

blackberries at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis"

Trust me, you want to save room for the blackberries

Ok, now that we’ve catered to the vegetarians, I have to tell you what an amazing meat fest the Tuesday Market is.  I know I told you about the cecina, but there is also amazing chorizo, bacon, pastor, carnitas, seafood, and pretty much anything else you want (yes, that includes brains and intestines, too).  Trigger alert: meat pictures ahead.

Chorizo at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

Chorizo

Pastor at Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

Pastor

Now This Is Bacon! Tuesday Market/“El Tianguis”

Now This Is Bacon!

Also, don’t miss the chicharrón.  They go through a lot of sweaty hard work to make it, and it’s absolutely addictive!

Frying the Chicharrón/ Tuesday Market

Frying the Chicharrón

Chicharrón

Chicharrón Straight From The Fryer

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Chicharrón at the Tuesday Market

Chicharrón

You can also get all the staples you need from nuts to beans!

pecans

Beautiful pecans

market beans

Market Beans

More Stuff To Buy That You Don’t Need

When you need a break from eating, you can shop for other things. The Tuesday Market has everything you could want (they sell bootlegged fitness videos, so you can go work off all the food!)  You can even buy money with your money at the Tuesday Market. (It doesn’t take much to amuse me.)

Tuesday market

Because everyone needs a hammer and cartoon characters in their kitchen

stereos for sale

The great thing is if you ever get robbed in Mexico, you can probably find your stuff for cheap at the Tuesday Market!

Colorful yarn for sale

Colorful yarn for sale

Money

You can buy money with money

The People

But the best thing I like about the El Tianguis Tuesday Market is the people watching.  The vendors are so happy. The market is such a beautiful part of their culture, and they do their work with such joy and a smile on their face. It’s impossible not to be happy with such delicious food, live music, and more importantly each other.

Happy woman at Tuesday Market

So Joyous!

old friends at Tuesday Market

Old Friends

Tuesday market child

Enjoying Breakfast

music

Live music at the market

Dessert

Whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert. My favorite are the churros (with cajeta on them), but you can also get candied sweet potatoes, cakes, pies, flan, or cotton candy.

sweet potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Churros

Churros

 

Churros

The Sweet Ending

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but something tells me you just won’t have this much fun at the Superama, no matter what some crazy person on Tripadvisor says.

The Tuesday Market is held, guess what?, only on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm on the hill on the outskirts of town. You can reach it by taking the 8 or 9 bus in front of the Plaza Civica on Mesones (5 pesos) or by taxi (35 pesos).

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  1. Wow am I ever happy to see this detailed review…and I loved the pictures. I’ll be spending some time in the near future in San Miguel and this was one of my must-go-to places. So much color and so many smiles..what I love about Mexico!

  2. Thanks Valen. I’ll be in SM for a month and already I’m starting to get overwhelmed with everything I want to see, do, eat and experience! I’ll definitely check out your website and add to my growing list of SM must-see/do/eat etc.

  3. Great to see some options for vegetarians there. Mexican is one of our favourite cuisines. But there aren’t any decent Mexican restaurants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Clearly, we have to book a flight to San Miguel de Allende.
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  4. Markets are always amazing places, great place to meet people and take colourful pics. Great job on this post, looks like a lot of fun!
    Frank (bbqboy)

  5. Now that you have told people to load up on veggies and take them home. You cannot take fresh produce OUT of Mexico…the U.S. won’t allow it. I don’t know about Canada but would guess…NOT. Even though much is shipped North you can’t take it out. And, I am very sure you cannnot take it on an airplane.

  6. Hi, I loved your post, as I am a big fan of farmers’ markets here in MA. Three of us will be renting a house in SMA during the winter of 2015 for three months. But I am wondering … do you have any idea whether produce is usually organic or whether the locals use pesticides?

  7. What a fabulous blog. Thanks so much for putting the record straight. We’re going to the market tomorrow and spending much of the day there. We can’t wait….

  8. Here for my second visit to San Miguel. One of the must do events is El Tianguis/Tuesday Market. Thanks for these great posts as a reminder.

  9. Valen – Glenn and I needed you with us when we visited the Tuesday Market, a few weeks ago. It was colourful, interesting, and enchanting but also a bit overwhelming. And – as a vegetarian – I wasn’t sure what I could eat! Sigh.

  10. I know what you mean. I visited for the first time two weeks ago. I also enjoyed all the “designer” clothing stalls, and the tools, I loved it all!

  11. Missing SMA after packing up and going back to Canada- love the Tuesday mercado… poetic chaos at it’s best!

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  13. Love your advice and description of the market. Will you give me a little list of the markets I can tell my taxi driver so I don’t miss them? I have been to a few but I forget when and where. I am loving this town and will be here through November! I might not go home to North Carolina!

    • Unfortunately, my schedule prevents me from doing everyone’s travel plans for them. You can however find a wealth of information by Googling the markets or asking around. Have a lovely trip!

  14. thanks for your post! found you when i was looking for what time the market closed. and i was delighted to find out that they sold produce & food! the typical description of the market makes it sound like it only sells household wares. anyhow, i enjoyed the market immensely and everything was so much cheaper than the mercados in centro. keep sharing all the helpful, local stuff!

  15. As a huge fan of markets I was so happy to find your posts and category. The first thing I do is visit a food market its where I find the best information on what to eat, where to go and what to do in a new city. They are fantastic places to connect with local culture and just feel part of the community. I hope you don’t mind but I would love to ask if you would be interested in perhaps being a guest poster on my website? I will email you.