Being Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara is as much a pioneer of the New Mexico as it is the preserver of the old. It is home to mariachi music, wide-brimmed sombreros, the Mexican hat dance, and charreadas and an array of rich heritage sites surrounding the beautiful squares of the city. Guadalajara is heaven for food-lovers owing to the talented fusion chefs who have beautified the rich legacy of culinary art in the city. Out of all the magnificent gems it holds to its credit, the San Juan de Dios market is certainly on the top of them all. San Juan de Dios market, better known as the Mercado Libertad takes pride for being the largest indoor market in Latin America. Sprawling over a massive area of forty thousand meters square, it is the most popular marketplaces in Guadalajara, attracting thousands of visitors from across the world who come to celebrate the diversity which breaths in the market. Experience a different ambiance and surroundings full of locals and tourists. You will fell in love with the vibrant colorful and mystifying atmosphere of the market.
In the Colorful World of San Juan de Dios Market
The Market Structure
San Juan de Dios is the center of attraction for the tourists who visit Guadalajara. With a view of making the market more accessible and convenient for the foreigners, special attention has been given by the architect to frame the pathways and installations. As it is crowded all throughout the day, the massive square has two huge parking lots for convenient parking of the vehicles. The marketplace has three distinct levels. The first level of the market is for the stalls selling groceries, sweets, vegetables, fruits, etc. in this section you can find an area which is solely devoted to the crafts stall from where you can buy Mexican art inspired crafts, hand-made crafts, beautiful paintings, and colorful sculptures. If you want to enjoy the delicacies of core Mexican snacks, beverages, and hearty meals, to tickle your taste-buds, then the second level of the market is waiting for your visit with open arms. In an attempt to attract more and more customers to the wonderful market, a recent addition has made its entry in the premises of the market, in the form of the third level. This vast section has stalls selling imported goods, electronics, music, movies, clothes and a lot more.
This magical place has everything which forms a part of your bucket list. Serving as a popular spot for the locals, who pay a visit, on a daily basis to collect their daily requirements. You can find women at the grocery shops collecting household items or at the vegetables and fruit shops. Kids find the market appealing as they can get their hands on some of their favorite video-games and electronic gadgets. There is a separate floor for every category of objects which makes it easier for the vendors to display the wide collection to the customers. Beautiful girls bargaining with the vendors at the clothing shops is a common view of the market area. Jeans, dresses, fancy tops, shirts, trousers, etc. are present for people of all shapes and sizes at unmatchable prices. Shoes, watches, cosmetics, jewelry, etc all are made available under a single roof at prices which are so less that you will want to buy the entire market. Shop-a-holics refer to this heaven as a place to 'shop till you drop.'
The Sumptuous Food
Apart from its rich collection of material items, the main market also attracts its customers with the oh-so-delicious food stalls. The aroma of the delicious Mexican dishes makes the visitors fight their way out of the crowd and plunge into the tasty, spicy, and out-of-this-world snacks and core Mexican dishes. Large baskets, colorful stalls, and balloons decorating the food stalls attract the customers in a big way. Enjoy the trimmed cactus leaves and delicious tunas. Flooded with an array of food joints serving mouth-watering meals such as a dish made ofspicy broth containing pork and corn. A few selected fruits and vegetables such as jicama with a sprinkle of chili, salt, and lemon, can be enjoyed while exploring the busy streets. Give yourself a treat of juicy, fresh, and steaming hot meat dishes and enjoy the views that surround you.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need tickets as it is a public marketplace.
How To Get Around?
Explore the place on foot as it is very crowded everytime.
What Should I Wear?
Wear anything of your choice. Make sure that your garment should make you feel relaxed and comfortable all day long. Choose cotton shorts of bright color and pair it with a cute crop t-shirt, or go for a romper. Boys should opt for a Capri and a trendy t-shirt. Choose sneakers or bellies for footwear. Use sunscreen before you move out in the sun. Carry a trendy sling bag which will also safeguard your credit cards and cash.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the market is between 9 am to 6 pm.
The currency of Guadalajara is Peso.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide as this fantastic website provides you with all the necessary information required to ease your exploration.
How To Get There?
Guadalajara is served by a state-of-the-art airport, the Guadalajara Airport, from where you can get connecting flights to across the world. Drive your way to the city via highways or choose a rail journey at your convenience. To reach the market, you can opt for a bus ride or taxi or car hire.
Don't argue with the vendors unnecessarily. Carry a water bottle with you.