With a population of just over 6,000, the city of Guadalupe might seem like a rare place to visit. But if you are looking for an authentic Mexican experience without the extra travel miles, this may be the destination for you. The town motto of Guadalupe is “where three cultures flourish”, those cultures being the Yaqui culture, Mexican culture, and the culture of descendants of the original farmers of the town. If you are looking for a dose of culture, look no further.
Guadalupe is keeping the traditional Mexican Mercado alive. El Tienges Mercado de Guadalupe (know as El Mercado for short) was built over 35 years ago. This mercado was built by a local non-profit in the center of town. Keeping with the traditional Mexican Mercado style, this market was built with it’s many shops facing inward to an outdoor center plaza space. The non-profit, know as The Guadalupe Organization was able to build this mercado largely by utilizing government grants. Over 30 years later, some of the original tenants are still up and running at El Mercado.
El Mercado is not only a retail center. There are two restaurants there, and it also serves as an event space. Many weddings, festivals, birthday and graduation celebrations have taken place here. Rental of this space is available for both public and private events, whether you want an indoor or patio space.
This Mexican mercado is the home of two well known Guadalupe restaurants; San Diego bay, a Mexican style sea food establishment and Del Yaqui Mexican restaurant. San Diego Bays claim to fame is that they are the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Arizona. A trip to Guadalupe may be worth is for this establishment alone! The menu offers large combination platters as well as their famous Molcajete de Mariscos, which is a mixed seafood melty dip served in a hot lava bowl. And of course, you can’t forget about their authentic Margaritas and Micheladas!
At Del Yaqui you can find another great authentic Mexican experience, not so heavy on the seafood. This restaurant offers breakfast options such as Huevos Rancheros, a Mexican favorite. You can also find traditional burritos, flautas, tacos, chili rellenos, enchiladas and more.
If you are planning to visit El Mercado to stroll and shop, you might want to come with your appetite! These restaurants are not to be missed so add a meal time into your shopping experience. To learn more about El Mercado visit https://www.guadalupeaz.org/elmercado