Mercado 23, the market in Cancun frequented by locals (vs. Mercado 28 that is all the tourist rage). We found out about it through reading info about Cancun before getting there; also learned more from the hotel staff who told us about it to differentiate it from where they were sure we wanted to go, Mercado 28…so wrong; I like to get off the tourist trail even though I am one. It’s a much better feel for a locale when you get into a little bit of the foreign everyday.
Being here was like going back in time for me. When I spent my childhood summers in Guadalajara with my Aunt Angeline, who owned a little café, I would go to one of the local markets every morning with her and my cousin to shop for the day’s menu. The variety of everything always fascinated me. Mercado 23 has been around for a while, but it has character. There was one shop selling medicinal herbs, and the sidewalk outside the shop was filled with very aromatic smoke; as I glanced up at jars that lined the shelves in front of the shop and saw belladonna, which is an old-time opiate, and other unknown names, I decided to move on quickly to avoid taking in too much of that smoke.
I’ve included these photos and more in the following gallery; open it up by clicking on any photo.
It was a great morning.
I’ll wrap it up next Sunday with my favorite places and faces in the Riviera Maya.