This week I visited a traditional mexican market in Tijuana, Mercado Miguel Hidalgo. As many of my fellow tijuanenses know its a place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, candy, piñatas or anything, well mexican.
I love how this place brings me a step closer to remembering deep mexican traditions that you find in other states. Not only that, but also reminds me of what a wide variety of fruits and vegetables nature gives us.
Whenever I can I come here and enjoy the pretty fruit stacked and nicely organized, you never see anything out of place. This market is a big destination for locals on Christmas time and Dia de los Muertos; a mexican celebration that consists of building an altar for people that have passed away to a better life, offering food, drinks and things they enjoyed. Mercado Hidalgo is a place where traditions are kept and not changed to modern ways of doing things which is a wonderful thing when in Mexico.
Come to this market and enjoy your time: buy fresh pressed juice, some papaya, pineapple, pitaya, mangos or fruit you can’t find anywhere else and just shop around to find other great things like a poncho or something. My lunch that day consisted of fresh cut papaya, followed by coconut water then cut up to tender coconut meat with lime and a little chili… OMG! I immediately felt transported to Vallarta in front of the beach enjoying a fresh cut coconut.
Note: If you are going to cross the border do not cross papaya or other tropical fruit, they will take it away.
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