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Mercado San Juan De Dios
Mercado San Juan De Dios

Vendor Selling “Nopal” at the Mercado San Juan de Dios

by Douglas Cullen, photos by Andrés Carnalla, Mexican Food Journal


Markets are the heart of every Mexican town. Not only do they serve as places to do your grocery shopping but they also serve as community centers where you go to meet with friends and to eat a meal.

Shopping for Vegetables at The Market

Greens For Sale at the Mercado San Juan de Dios


Take a visual walkthrough of the Mercado San Juan de Dios, one of the two principal traditional markets in San Miguel de Allende. The photos were taken on an early January morning just as the market was coming to life for the day.

Woman Shopping at the Mercado San Juan de Dios

Inside the San Juan de Dios Market


Every market has food stalls which are worth a visit for great homestyle meals at very reasonable prices. One of the specialties at Doña Raque is pancita, a dish similar to menudo.

Doña Raque Food Stall at the Mercado San Juan de Dios

“Pancita,” One of the House Specialties

Cook in the Kitchen at The Doña Raque Food Stall

In the Kitchen at the Doña Raque Food Stall

Another Food Stall at the Mercado San Juan de Dios

Fruits and Vegetables Displayed for Sale


The displays at the market are always a visual treat. There is a saying in Spanish, “de la vista nace el amor” which roughly translates as “love begins at first sight.” Competition at every market is stiff and each vendor works hard to entice you.

Fruit and Vegetable Vendor

Vegetable Display

Mercado San Juan de Dios

Prepared Foods For Sale

Cleaned “Nopal” and “Tunas” For Sale

Vegetables on Display


If you are interested in visiting the San Juan de Dios market, it is located about six blocks and a 10 minute walk from the “Jardín,” the main Plaza in San Miguel de Allende. The address is Indio Triste 14B. The hours are 9:00am to 8:00pm daily.


Douglas Cullen - Writer
I created the Mexican Food Journal to share my love for Mexican Food which has developed over the 20+ years I have lived in Mexico. I have been fortunate enough to live in San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, Monterrey and Durango where I have experienced some of the regional differences in
Mexican Cuisine.

Two Passions: Teaching and Cooking
The Mexican Food Journal combines two of my passions, teaching and cooking. Currently, I am working in education, teaching and doing program development. But, I also consider the Mexican Food Journal to be one of my classrooms. It's where I can teach anyone who is interested to prepare authentic Mexican Dishes. For those who are interested in more in-depth learning I also give hands on and virtual cooking classes.

Questions about Mexican Cuisine?
I love to answer questions about Mexican food and food culture. If you have any questions you can reach me at douglas (at) and I will do my best to answer. I can't guarantee that I will always know the answer because there are so many dishes and regional variations that one could never master them all even with a lifetime of study. But I'll try so please get in touch.


Andrés Carnalla - Photographer
Andrés is a professional photographer from Cuernavaca, Mexico who also has a great love for Mexican cuisine. In addition to providing incredible food photos for the site he generously shares family recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother. He has professional hands on cooking experience from the Mexican cafe he used to own in San Francisco, Ca.

Andrés is also currently working on a photo documentary book about the theater life in Mexico which he plans on publishing this year.

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