Life in Mexico: Walk to The Mercado with Me

Hola amigos! In the recent questionnaire I sent out, I asked if you all would be interested in posts about life in Mexico and you all said yes. So this will be the first entry in this new series. Anytime you want to come back to the archives for these posts just look for the “Life in Mexico” category tag.

Photo of a woman vender in an open air market in Campeche Mexico selling cut up fruit.

For this first post I wanted to share with you a video a recently uploaded to my Instagram Reels – where it was so well recieved and sparked the idea to ask you my loyal blog readers.

I recorded my walk to the mercado or market here in Campeche. It’s a tour of a just a little bit of the beautiful colonial neighborhood I am blessed to live in and just a small part of the mercado.

View from above of a wood table filled with exotic Mexican tropical fruits.
Exotic Mexican Tropical Fruits

The day I recorded this video I was there to buy fruits to photograph for my Mexican Fruit You Need to Try article. If you haven’t read it yet, make sure you do.

This market is called Mercado Principal Pedro Sainz de Baranda or just Mercado Principal. It’s located right behind two forts called Baluarte de San Francisco and Baluarte de San Pedro, and a main throughfare called Avenida Circuito Baluarte.

I love walking around this beautiful and peaceful city. For me it’s about a 10 minute walk and even if it’s hot, I quite enjoy it. There’s colonial houses, forts from the pirate area of Campeche, and the small winding quiet streets that lead to a bustling road that takes you right to the mercado.

San Francisco de Campeche or just Campeche is a small port city with a population of just under 300,000 habitants. It’s the capital city of the state of Campeche and it’s located in the southeast part of Mexico on the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s famous or being one of the only walled cities in North America. The fortified walls were a result of constant pirate attacks the city was under. But I’ll save those details for another time. Another thing Campeche is well know for is its preserved baroque architecture, which you’ll see some of in the video.

A woman with a pink shirt in a Mexican fruit market cutting into fresh jackfruit.
Yaca or Jackfruit

Really quick, I am not from Campeche, I was born in the state of Jalisco and lived in the US and Europe the majority of my life. But Campeche is where I’ve called home the last 5 years, it’s my adopted land and has carved a very special place in my heart.

There’s so much to tell you about Campeche so I’ll just have to divided it into separate entries. I can’t wait to share more with you.

For now enjoy the video and small notes on the mercado. I’ll take you along on another trip to the mercado another time.

Nancy Lopez author of Mexican Made Meatless


I’m so happy you stopped by. If you have any questions or want to let me know how you liked this recipe, do leave a comment. Muchas gracias, I appreciate you!

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