The Paloquemao market in Bogotá
On my recent trip to Bogotá I went to his famous Mercado de Paloquemao .
For me, visiting a popular market in the city where you are passing, entering a small store and also a supermarket, are an excellent way to meet how they live, what they eat and how the locals are. It is like entering indirectly into the kitchen of the inhabitant on foot, which in the end is much more authentic than those of tourist hotels and restaurants.
Paloquemao's market is located in a neighborhood with the same name. It is gigantic, and the supply of fresh products is according to the geographical location of the city. Highlights the large number of fresh fruits and full of color, many unknown to me as the lulo and feijoa, of which I tried in juice and meringue respectively.
Like any good market, you can buy live chickens to take home and ... well you know.
It also has its section dedicated to meat, beef and veal. pig more than everything. It has its fish section, mostly river. There are palometas and catfish by lot. Catfish, fried ... delight ...
I must highlight a position that was dedicated exclusively to selling different types of hot peppers, of all the sizes and shapes, dry and fresh. I did not want to ask myself why I was going to love them all and they were going to stop me at the airport for the chili traffic.
In total I spent half the morning touring the Paloquemao market, buying some things (quinoa, amaranth, beans, beans, a lot of cardamom ...), tasting juices and Seeing what the Bogota residents have in their pantries and refrigerators.
When you visit a city or a town, try to spend some time in its municipal markets, so you will understand much better the local life, culture and culture. history of that place.
Other Municipal Markets that I have visited and I have loved:
- Budapest Central Market
- Mercado de Maravillas en Madrid
- La Boqueria market in Barcelona