Located right in the downtown historic center, the San Juan market, officially called Ernesto Pugibet, is over 150 years old. It began as a modest “tainguis”, with merchandise spread on the ground, and is now one of the most popular markets in the city. It is visited by those who are looking for gourmet products, exotic ingredients or imported food. In short: what is unique about this market is that here you can find delicacies that are not sold anywhere else.
Among the most popular stalls is La Jersey, where you will be warmly greeted by Perla and Celso. They sell delicious imported cheese, cold cuts, foie gras (goose pate) and other delicacies. Ask for the baguette menu prepared with these products: there are baguettes prepared with brie cheese with blackberry jam, with Italian prosciutto, roast beef with goat cheese and 15 other combinations. While you are waiting for your order to be prepared, Don Celso will offer you complimentary red wine and cheese samples. When you are finished, he will spoil you with a dessert “compliments of the house”: a tapa of mascarpone cheese with artisan bee honey.
Another mandatory stop is the Cafe Triana, a stall that stands out for its decor in red and brown colors. Here, you will be able to taste a steaming cup of organic coffee from Chiapas and Veracruz. Sit down on one of the chairs or at the bar, choose among the two varieties of grains (dark roast or medium roast), choose the type of beverage you want (flavored cappuccino, Italian cappuccino, cafe latte, espresso, double espresso, cut…), perhaps a cupcake to go with everything, and get ready to enjoy. The coffee served here has won awards in the European continent. The most renowned chefs come here for a reason!
The San Juan market is also known for its range of exotic food products. El Gran Cazador sells birds such as duck, partridges, pigeons, quails and pheasants; imported crocodile, venison, lamb and wild boar meat, and seafood such as pejelagartos, eels and stingrays. All of these products are duly certified.
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Where: Ernesto Pugibet esq. Plaza Buen Tono, col. Centro, Mexico City