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Visiting Mercado Hidalgo Tijuana

4.5 (100%) 440 votes

Mercados Hidalgo is a must for those who want to experience a true market atmosphere where the adventure is exploring and finding budget friendly treasures and it is a fun shopping experience that caters to the whole family. It's always an adventure at this place. In Mercado Hidalgo you will be whisked away into a beautiful world of colors and aromas. Definitely a must visit place to see a bit of everything when you are in short timing!

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Mercado Hidalgo, This is a Cool Mercado!

Mercado Hidalgo, This is a Cool Mercado!

Shopping and Sightseeing

Shopping and Sightseeing

It's not just about browsing and being a passive observer- one must be willing to fully plunge into the rhythm of a market with an open mind, for it is only through meaningful intimate interactions with the vendors that you can even begin to comprehend the local way of life. It's a great place to shop and a good spot to stop to get your sweet treats or any Mexican goodies you want to take back home. They have some good food stands as well. You can find the best Mexican candy for parties to piñatas, Mexican traditional cookware,to couple places to grub, so many home decorations for home with that Mexican design and fresh vegies, they have a little bit of everything!. You will find friendly people showing you many different goods. You can find coffee shop and even a dentist!

Food Hunting

Food Hunting

What's so popular about Mexico? It's the food. If you go hungry, there are little restaurants, as well as street carts to satisfy your hunger. From snacks like churro and Gorditas de nata (creamy pillow like 'cakes', that are served to you right off of a heated griddle) to tacos and the smells are just intoxicating. Be sure to wash down those buttery tacos de sesos with a cup of freshly squeezed cane juice to complete the experience. You can also taste some other mexican drinks like tepache, fermented beverage made from pineapples and served cold, to horchata, Aguas frescas and many more. There were too many to choose and taste during your Mercado Hidalgo tour. Tasting the Mexican food is definitely the things to do at Mercado Hidalgo tour.

Spices Galore

Spices Galore

A diversity of dried chiles line the racks, reflecting the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine- chile de arbol, pasilla, chipotle, guajillo, ancho, morita, and California were displayed in various shapes and colors giving a pleasant sight and feelings during your Mercado Hidalgo tour.

Candies and Piñatas

Candies and Piñatas

Little girls squealed with delight in the crammed dulcerias where they jumped in joy for caramels and chocolates while older folks took to tequila flavored gummies and frutas cristalizadas with nostalgia. Dried and candied oranges, pineapples and papayas proved to be cheap and satisfying treats to chew during your Mercado Hidalgo tour. Buying candies and Piñatas to bring it home as souvenirs and gifts is definitely a thing to do at Mercado Hidalgo tour.

Fresh Fuit and Veggies

Fresh Fuit and Veggies

The vibrant colors of locally grown peppers, the hefty weight of native root vegetables in your hand, the prickly skin of tropical fruits at its peak, you can find all in your Mercado Hidalgo tour. Mercado Hidalgo is where the majority of Chefs and cooks in Tijuana go to supply their restaurant with the finest ingredients. You may have seen both Rick Bayless and Andrew Zimmern make their own trips the the mercado. It really is a unique and great experience.

Mercado Hidalgo Tijuana Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You do not need to pay an entrance fee for Mercado Hidalgo tour, just make sure that you bring enough money should you want to have a bite to eat or go shopping at the market. Credit cards are also accepted for payment.

How To Get Around?

It is best to go around and have your Mercado Hidalgo tour on foot, walking around between shops, kiosk and cafe at the market will give you an exciting experience . And while walking around you can also do a sightseeng and you can blend with other tourists, local families with kids and local people, that will be very interesting.

What Should I Wear?

Comfortable clothes and shoes or flip-flops are the best for walking around between shops and kiosk and do all the things to do at Mercado Hidalgo tour , the more comfortable is the better.

Mercado Hidalgo Tijuana Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can have your Mercado Hidalgo tour at all time of the year, the opening hours is: Sunday 6am - 4:30pm, Monday-Saturday 6am - 6pm.


While the Mexican peso is the legal currency, US dollars are widely used and accepted, even by locals.

Will I Need a Guide?

If sightseeing is the things to do at Mercado Hidalgo tour for you then you do not really need a guide. But if you want to explore and know more about Mercado Hidalgo or do a shopping and make a bargain then having a Spannish speaking person with you will be an advantage.

How To Get There?

You can drive to have your Mercado Hidalgo tour, parking lot and street parking are available. But if you choose to use public transport you can take the Light Rail or bus that goes to San Ysidro Transit Center then take a walk to Mercado Hidalgo for ± 39 minutes or you can get a taxi.

Additional Info

Please remember that Spanish is the dominant language in Tijuana, as it is in much of Mexico. However, English is spoken by almost everybody in the city's tourist hot spots as well as by some taxi drivers and the Americans who live in the city. Having someone with you who can speak Spanish will be helpful when going away from the city's tourist hot spots.