Glasses of sliced mango, jicama, pineapple, cucumber and watermelon are available to take home, or eat on the spot with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of salt and chile. In the background, another tianguis merchant sells stylish clothes. © Daniel Wheeler, 2009

Shopping in Mexico: the tianguis

The Aztecs called it tianquiztli, Nahuatl for the marketplace”. Modern Mexicans refer to it as the tianguis, mercado sobre ruedas (“market on wheels” – a term used mostly in Mexico City), baratillo, and many other local connotations. Homeowners use another kind of language to describe the vendors who have set up shop in the street, blocking public access by […]

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