If it’s Wednesday, it must be Tianguis in Ajijic. To be honest with you, I didn’t know the meaning of tianguis until spending time in Mexico last month. I have been to many tianguis during my life, I was calling them street markets. This is exactly what the word tianguis means…street market.
The location of the markets rotate during the week…just like my favorites in the South of France. Chapala’s market is Monday, Ajijic…Wednesday, and Jocotopec…Thursday. There may be more and I’m sure I will discover them.
While in Ajijic, I had the opportunity to visit their market. Good golly! It was extremely busy. Locals and expats shop here weekly. The market itself is located on a shady street. Of course the street is cobblestone with one exception., the middle of the street has been paved. This helps prevent those pesky falls.
Just as in other locations around the world, working the market is a family affair. Including pets. I don’t have a problem with that. The first time I saw a dog in a restaurant was 500 years ago in Europe. I get it…they are members of the family.
If you require fresh seafood, this is your man. He is very cute…forget the seafood. Moving right along.
As you can see from the sign, Joshua is selling fresh fruit. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone cutting open a coconut. Actually, I think it might have been in Mexico many years ago and had something to do with a cocoloco. Enough said.
The competition between food vendors and the aroma of their creations was fierce. Iron chef at its best. I was impressed to see a woman chopping, flipping, and wrapping a meal…at the same time. This may be normal but I don’t spend much time cooking any more so it truly impressed me.
Many stalls had tables in the back where the customers could have a seat while enjoying their food.
Serious workmanship here. The beading was so delicate and the prices very affordable. When I return, I will be acquiring some necklaces. Isn’t the little girl on the right adorable? I hope she wasn’t in charge of watching the table.
This market had a lovely vibe to it. Very happy people, both merchants and customers. I am looking forward to returning to this market and visiting the other local markets. If I lived here…yeah…I’d be shopping here.