Peninsula Picks: Best Baja Markets

Wondering where to go for the tastiest produce, freshest fish, or best local artisanal products? Here are some of our favorite markets along the peninsula.

Mercado Hidalgo

Location: Tijuana, BC (Sanchez Taboada 9351)

Hours: Open daily 6am-6pm

Why We Love It: As Tijuana’s premier produce market since 1955, this is a popular spot for locals and tourists to peruse the stands full of piles of dried chilies, local spices, regional cheeses, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

DBTC Insider Tip: Some of Tijuana’s best street tacos are found right outside the gates of Mercado Hidalgo so don’t visit the market without grabbing a taco at one of the stands outside the market like Tacos Río or Tacos Fitos.

Los Globos

Location: Ensenada, BC  (Calle Nueve and Cinco de Mayo)

Hours: Open every day, but extra stalls are there only on weekends

Why We Love It: Los Globos is a huge market where visitors can find everything from produce to meat to books to clothing to secondhand items. The market spans multiple blocks and is partially indoors, but has expanded so that other vendors can set up tents nearby.

DBTC Insider Tip: Don’t skip Cremería Los Globos, a well-known cheese shop with an incredible selection of local cheeses. The shop is so popular, they also opened a location in Valle de Guadalupe in San Antonio de las Minas.

Mercado de Mariscos

Location: Ensenada, BC

Hours: Open daily from 8am-8pm

Why We Love It: Ensenada’s famous fish market is located along the harbor, the Mercado de Mariscos hosts a number of stalls full of shrimp, tuna, mussels, abalone, and the odd-looking gooey duck clams. You may hear locals refer to the market at the Mercado Negro, black market, as it used to be called (the name supposedly comes from the fact that the market used to be very dirty, not because they were selling illicit goods).

DBTC Insider Tip: There are a number of decent fish taco stands right outside the market (Tacos Lily is the stand where Anthony Bourdain went in his TV show No Reservations) or if you walk up a few blocks, you can get some of the best seafood on the peninsula at the La Guerrerense food cart.

San José Mercado Orgánico

Location: San José del Cabo (northeast of historic downtown on the road to Las Animas in front of the Jockey Club)

Hours: Saturdays, 9am-3pm November-May

Why We Love It: The San José Mercado Orgánico is a fun-filled community event each week. In addition to organic produce, there are arts and crafts, books, jewelry, massage services, and souvenirs for sale. There’s also prepared food and live music from local musicians.

DBTC Insider Tip: The market hosts special workshops and events so be sure to check out their Facebook page for all of the latest information.

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