One of the best ways to get a true taste of Belize’s culture is by tasting its food. The heart of downtown San Ignacio is littered with restaurants and bars, offering many ways to experience Belize’s culinary diversity. But perhaps the best food-related attraction is the San Ignacio local market.
Where and when is the market?
The San Ignacio Market is located on the edge of town, close to the Macal River. While the market stalls usually contain a handful of vendors selling produce, gifts, and food on any given day of the week, the market’s biggest day is on Saturday. From early in the morning to late in the evening, downtown San Ignacio on a Saturday is a lively beacon of culture and tasty food. Many local Belizeans flock to the market to do their weekly shopping. Curious tourists also come to the market to sample foods, purchase gifts and experience the rhythm of life in Belize.
Every Saturday, Belizeans of all cultural backgrounds come to sell and buy goods at the market. Vendors include mixes of people from Maya, Creole, English and Spanish descent, as well as Mennonite farmers. They sell many kinds of local produce including tropical fruits and vegetables, seafood from the coast, meats from the local butcher. There are also many street food vendors serving made to order typical Belize food including empanadas and tacos.