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El Mercado Emiliano Zapata in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta!

As we often do when our Reds are at school, Frank and I head out to play!

Yesterday morning after drop off we headed into Old Town, Puerto Vallarta for a delicious meal at El Mercado Emiliano Zapata in the Zona Romántica. 

One of our favorite Mom & Pop restaurants in the interior of a narrow corridor has the most delicious birria and carne asada tacos as seen in photos below. Mouth-watering for sure and less than seven dollars for both dishes with three tall glasses of fresh-squeezed OJ!

What’s a hot bowl of birria without all of the decor? #retiredfirefighterinmexico


My plate of carne asada tacos with cabbage, cilantro, 2 different salsas, radish and lime! #retiredschoolteacherinmexico

After indulging, a walk was in order so around the streets and in and out of the various stalls we went exploring.

There are no shortage of carnecerías and pollerías at el mercado, all offering fresh and affordable options!

Pollería Yuya

For a behind-the-scenes view of the tortillería, click on this video but keep the volume low lest you enjoy a nail on chalkboard sound. 


By far one of my happiest places in these neighborhood mercardos is at the frutería where I am immersed in a bouquet of fresh produce!

One of my favorite things to do–shop local & fresh!

Looking around for the bananas, I didn’t have to go far before realizing they were right there at my feet. Again, no question as to their freshness!


Bananas! Yep, I think they are fresh!

If you are ever in the Vallarta area and are wanting to have a unique, local experience, I highly recommend an outing to El Mercado Emiliano Zapata! It is sure to delight your senses and fill your belly!

If you have had the pleasure of going to this mercado or others in the Vallarta area, I would love to read about it in the comments section below!

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Cheers & Happy 2017!





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