Mercado Pino Suárez in Central Mazatlan
This Mercado (market) is in a word huge there are over 250 + vendors. I had never seen such a place as this in America. There is everything you can think of all being offered by small business and farm owners from around the area. Located between the streets of Aquiles Serdán and Melchor Ocampo in the City Center since 1900. When visiting Mazatlan this is a place not to miss. It is a main attraction when the various cruise ships dock. The mercado is open Monday to Saturday from 6 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 6 am to 2 pm.
I really enjoy the way the market is divided into sections of food types and goods. Isle after Isle of fresh beef, pork, chicken and seafood being butchered. It unquestionably is something to behold. It’s wonderfully impressive to watch your meat being butchered right in front of you. All of the butchers are exceptionally nice and will cut up your meat to your exact specifications some will even marinate it for you.
There are beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits many of which are directly from the independent farmers we love getting the absolute freshest of the fresh. There are a few stalls that carry dulce (sweets) all kinds of varieties.
I even found a couple of places selling holistic herbs, oils and medicines. If your the type of person that avoids chemicals to cure what ails you then head to the far corner of the market to find these little gems of healing.
There are several smaller stalls where I buy most of my cooking herbs and oils from. They typically sell them buy the ounce and up. There are other stalls that sell basic cooking essentials like milk, cheeses, canned goods and more.
Along the outer sides of the market, there are shops selling clothing, shoes and even crafts. There are a few places that sell some very cool decor brightly colored with a looked that is all Mexico. There are more of these shops all along the outside of the market too.
After a full day of shopping there are several quick service authentic food restaurants that you can get an awesome meal from. Most of which have small sit down counters you can eat at, much like an old diner. Some of them are actually up stairs where you can sit and watch the world below you go by.
If you can’t seem to find an item, you‘re looking for there are several stores in the surrounding area that you can probably acquire them in. Central Mazatlan is a lively place full of activity and lots of businesses the energy is high but not crazy. We do the majority of our shopping in Centro. You just can’t beat the freshness and for me at least supporting locals rather than a big-box store is important.
Thanks for joining me on my shopping adventure I hope when you’re in town you’ll stop by my favorite place to do my grocery shopping. Please feel free to leave comments or ask any questions you may have.