Saturdays are very busy in PV. Local shops are bustling, buses fill quickly with families heading off to the beaches and several city blocks become home to the weekly Farmers Market. There are actually two separate markets; One is in the Paradise Community Centre in the Zona Romantica and the other market is in the Colonial Emiliano Zapata section of town, (This market is located on Basilio Badillo, Pino Suarez streets and the neighborhood Kindergarten School) only a few blocks away each other.
Artisans and craftsmen offer up selections from glass work, intricate embroidery, jewelry, soaps and clothing accessories. Everything here is locally made or grown – with 50 km of Vallarta and you are meeting the producers directly – it does not get any better. And then there is the FOOD!! Breads, pies, quiches, tacos, pastries, jams, fruits, meats, fresh cheeses and coffee lure you. Bring a big bag and savour them all. I personally grab a couple of loaves of bread, a few pieces of Queso Fresco every week along with my weekly supply of locally produced rich coffee, some fresh produce and few cigars. [I am still using my jar of Papaya Jam I picked up a couple of weeks ago – but I don’t think I’ll be able to bring it back through customs] The Kindergarten school has a number of eateries in the courtyard – excellent food and great prices. In the Paradise center there are also eateries and many, many baked goods!
It is best to arrive early, as the season progresses the crowds are getting much larger. By early afternoon many of the vendors are getting low on supplies. But they will be back next week, just like me.