Shopping at the traditional markets is a one-of-a-kind experience. Open from November through April – check out all the goodies!
The 2018-2019 Farmer’s Market season is almost here! Most markets open the first week of November, on time to welcome the wave of winter tourists, or snowbirds, who flock here from the mostly the United States and Canada.
The markets are locally known as “tianguis” and they set up all along the coastal villages from Puerto Vallarta to Chacala. Both locals and visitors have the chance to browse a wonderful variety of organic fruits and vegetables from family orchards, organic coffee, and homemade food and handicrafts, not to mention an opportunity to meet with local artists and artisans as well. Some markets even have live music and cooking demos.
Below is a list of many of the seasonal markets, starting from the north we have:
Chacala Cultural Market
The Chacala Cultural Market opens at the end of November and continues every Saturday through March from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can start the day off with a visit to the marketplace that’s held at the town plaza, where they can buy food, art, handicrafts, traditional candy, organic produce, and fresh vegetables. A noon visit to this quiet town is always a good idea: you can enjoy the beach, walk to the cove, or head out on the water to kayak, paddle board, surf, or sport fishing.
Day: Saturday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Location: Main Plaza, Chacala, Nayarit.
Tianguis Lo de Marcos
The fifth season of the Tianguis Lo de Marcos begins on Saturday, November 3rd; this market is sponsored and coordinated by Galván Real Estate in its entirety. The tianguis is held in a lovely patio and is a comfortable open-air experience with a good group of unique sellers and a lot of fun. As if that weren’t enough, this season will also welcome a holistic healing segment.
Opening day: November 3. Day: Saturday | Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. | | Location: #9 Luis Echeverría street, half a block from the Lo de Marcos plaza.
La Peñita Market
The open-air tianguis in la Peñita de Jaltemba opens up every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza Principal and surroundings. This is an ideal place to buy silver jewelry, linens for your dining table or bedroom, glassware, Talavera dishes, Huichol art, and rugs from Oaxaca. They also have fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, homemade bread, and locally produced honey and coffee. This is one of the biggest and best-known markets in the area.
Day: Thursday | Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Location: Main Plaza, La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit.
The Guayabitos Tianguis happens every Monday near the Plaza Principal from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November through March (it’s closed during the summer). This market is slightly smaller than the tianguis in La Peñita, though visitors will find a good variety of personalized silver jewelry, ceramics, bedding, Talavera dishes and sinks, glassware, Huichol art, Oaxaca rugs, and just about anything you might be looking for.
Day: Monday | Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Location: Main Plaza, Rincón de Guayabitos, Nayarit.
San Pancho Artisanal Market
The market opens each winter season every Tuesday offering a selection of fruit and vegetables, artisanal foodstuff, art-objects, and other products created by the residents themselves. The 2018-2019 season begins on Tuesday, November 6; the market is held in the charming Plaza del Sol, which was built during the 60s as part of the “Third World Towns” project started by Mexico’s ex-president, Luis Echeverría Álvarez.
Opening day: November 6. Day: Tuesday | Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Location: Plaza del Sol, San Pancho
Sayulita Town Market
This tianguis was founded with the noble purpose of promoting sustainable farming and nutrition within the local community, giving small family farmers and homemade foods. It only opens during the Winter Season and offers a variety of organic products, yoghurt, cheese, bread, coffee, baked goods, pesto sauce, soup, natural pet food, soap, lotion, and more.
Opening day: November 2. Day: Friday | Hours: 10 am – 2 pm Location: Revolution Avenue, Sayulita, Nayarit
La Cruz Market
The Mercado La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, or La Cruz Market, will open on Sunday, November 4th, offering a variety of regional artisanal products. Held at the Marina Riviera Nayarit to one side of the Mercado del Mar, this market is open from 10 am to 2 pm. It’s a fun stroll through the many booths selling all kinds of handmade products, as well as organic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, cold cuts, traditional clothing, and much more. Open from November through April.
Opening day: November 4. Days: Sunday | Hours: 10 am to 2 pm | Location: Marina Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit.
Monday Market/Forever Spring/Bucerías Art Walk
There are three tianguis in Bucerías and all are on Lázaro Cárdenas street: on Mondays it’s the appropriately named Monday Market, on Wednesdays it’s Forever Spring, both are on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Thursday evenings at the Bucerías Art Walk. The first two offer Mexican specialties prepared by locals: gourmet food, handicrafts, leather, home goods, carpets, etc.
At the Bucerias Artwalk several art galleries open their doors from 7 pm to 9 pm. About 17 galleries participate each week; some artists even prop up their work on the sidewalk.
Riviera Farmer’s Market – Nuevo Vallarta Business Center
This colorful market that appears every winter season in the Nuevo Vallarta Business Center is opening its doors on November 6th. Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors can peruse a delightful selection of artisanal baked goods, fresh coconuts, fresh handmade tlacoyos made from blue corn, exotic cultivated flowers, vegetables, and fresh dry gourmet pasta. There’s also live music and a fun family ambiance—all with the spectacular Marina Nuevo Vallarta in the background.
Opening day: November 6. Day: Tuesday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Location: #55 Paseo de los Cocoteros, Business Center, Nuevo Vallarta.
Olas Altas Farmers Market
This popular Saturday market has over 80 vendors selling local produce, art, handmade soaps, jewelry, clothing and even an onsite chiropractor. The food fair offers fresh to go bagels, Thai food and lots of great items to take home with you. Stop by the stage to catch local musicians and be sure to visit the different booths set up for non-profit and charities. They could use your support.
Opening day: November 3. Day: Saturday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Location: Park Lazaro Cardenas, Old Town Puerto Vallarta
Three Hens and a Rooster
Every Saturday this small but charming market offers art, fashion and food. Recently relocated to the Lions Club, stop by here before your next dinner party for great take-out meals and the absolute cutest aprons, ever. Your guest won’t know you didn’t slave away all day in the kitchen.
Opening day: October 27. Day: Saturday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Location: Lion-s club, Francisco Madera #280, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta
Marsol Friday Market
The only year round artisan market, The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier is a great place to pick up a last minute hostess gift or get your weekly supply of supplements, herbs and superfoods. They also carry art, clothing, homemade food for takeaway, jewelry and more.
Every Sunday | Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Location: Lion’s Club, Francisco Madera #280, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta
Along arguably the best shopping street in Banderas Bay, the Southside Shuffle happens bi-weekly every Faturday on Basilio Badillo in Vallarta’s famed Old Town. The shops along the boulevard along with the neighbouring streets offer up special deals, live music, wine and snacks all in a whirlwind of friendly faces and joyful greetings.
Every Friday | Hours: 6pm to 10 pm | Location: Basilio Badillo, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta
ArtWalk Puerto Vallarta – Centro Historico
Puerto Valalrta is often regaled as having the most art galleries per capita. Every Wednesday evening you can learn more as you stroll through the historic Centro neighbourhood and visit 12 wildly different art galleries. Showcasing upcoming and local artists in all mediums, as well as prominent national and international artists you’ll find collectible painting, ceramics, furniture, jewelry and more. Meet the artists and gallery owners.
Every Wednesday starting October 31 – May 29 | Hours: 6 pm – 10 pm | Location: Puerto Vallarta’s Centro Historic neighbourhood.