We set our alarms for 7:30 AM this past Saturday, in a burst of inspiration that those of you know me, know is reserved only for EXPLORING (especially when that exploring may involve shopping). Instead of taking the easy option of a taxi, we opted for the double whammy of public transit: a pesero + the Metrobus. It took us a little under an hour to get down to San Angel, a small colonial village from the 17th century filled with cobblestone streets and lovely scenery. The main draw here is Bazar Sabado, a unique arts & crafts market that is set up every Saturday around Plaza San Jacinto. We’d heard that things get going around 10AM, so we got there a bit earlier to observe the preparation & have a lovely cappuccino outdoors on the plaza. As it turned out, 10AM was still a bit on the early side, but as a bonus, we had some time to peruse leisurely before too many loud Americans showed up. (and boy are we loud)
The original Bazar Sabado market is in a stone building along the plaza, with a lovely open-air restaurant in the middle (you can sit-down for a buffet- ~$135 pesos for breakfast, ~$220 pesos for lunch- or just grab a quesadilla from the quesadilla-making section for a mere $20 pesos). There were a number of stalls with some lovely jewelry inside, and it was all I could do to hold strong against their siren call. I decided it best not to overcommit at the first arts market we visited in Mexico, and of course immediately regretted not buying a new silver ring for a mere $40 as soon as we left. Apparently the building holds some of the higher end merchants, but there are three other areas of vendor spill-over: the center of Plaza San Jacinto, a plaza just to the northwest (west of Bazar Sabado), and another plaza at the intersection of Madera/Revolucion that you pass walking up from Insurgentes. Hopefully a few photos will better summarize some visual highlights, rather than my wordy descriptions!