Pino Suarez Open Market
This market is a true nineteenth century architectural landmark. Its magnificent wrought iron structure is admired by thousands of people who come to do their daily shopping, or for Mexican and foreign tourists alike that are looking for beach clothing, souvenirs or simply in search of places which are considered part of the City's history and collective memory.
It recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, where it was revealed that the actual cost of just one of its cast iron pillars is equivalent to how much the entire market's structure cost at the time it was built. Before this market was built, this land was used for the first bullring in Mazatlan. It was first christened as “Romero Rubio” Market, in homage to then President Porfirio Diaz's father-in-law. Later, following the Revolution struggle, it was given its present name of “Jose Maria Pino Suarez.”
On the second floor of the market you'll find at least 10 informal and economical regional food restaurants, with a festive local air to them. Typically, you'll find cargo ship crew members that like to have their meals prepared with fresh ingredients bought at the market downstairs.
The Jose Maria Pino Suarez Market is known as one of the most spacious and clean open markets in Mexico, besides being the only one that opens at 3:30am, as established by its regulations. (This came about as a result of fierce competition from the Chinese community orchards in the nineteen twenties, which made market shop owners move-up their opening hours).