Unfortunately, if you’ve never visited one of Dallas’ indoor markets, also known as bazaars, you’re missing out on an important center of Hispanic culture. These markets are located in different parts of the city in large one-story buildings with lots of little stalls selling everything from Mexican football shirts to those giant “mangonades” you keep seeing on TikTok. Most bazaars are only open on weekends and their most frequent visitors are Latino families who come to surround themselves with Mexican music bouncing off the walls and the smell of classics antojitos (snacks) and traditional dishes from the numerous restaurants. But all are welcome to explore the area and it’s time for everyone to join in the excitement. No matter which bazaar you find yourself in, come hungry, bring cash, and be ready for plenty of variety. (Fun!)
Bargain city bazaar
735 N Westmoreland Road
Located off Interstate 30 and adjacent to the La Michoacana Meat Market, this low-key neighborhood bazaar is filled with aisles upon aisles of Latino culture. Since this market is only open Friday through Sunday, bring the whole family for an afternoon of weekend fun, where kids can play in one of the three arcaded areas, while adults compete in the pool hall with eight pool tables. When visiting, be sure to stop by M&J Artesanias for colorful aprons, a men’s guayabera shirt or authentic Cinco de Mayo dress, or visit the bookstore, which stocks everything from bilingual books to best-selling offers memoirs like Michelle Obama’s Will. You will also want to try Ruben’s for Cockteles de Pulpo and CamarOn (octopus and shrimp cocktail) or fonchita doña tencha for sweet and fruity aguas frescas.
El Buckner Bazaar
1639 Buckner Blvd.
For a typical afternoon at the bazaar, but with a less crowded experience than some of the busier spots, head to this southeast Dallas neighborhood for some window shopping and good vibes. Visitors in need of new clothes can drop by Thursday through Monday and find countless clothing stores specializing in dresses for weddings, proms and formal occasions, or bring the kids in for a new football uniform with a variety of shops and choices – each has an endless supply of jerseys and outdoor cleats. Before the trip ends, be sure to stop by Los Girasoles Restaurante for a classic weekend platillo de barbacoa that pairs perfectly with tortillas hechas a mano (handmade tortillas).
9334 ERLThornton Freeway
One of the city’s most popular indoor flea markets is located in East Dallas, with hours extending Thursday through Monday through the weekend. This place is known for its myriad Elote stalls stationed in front of the building and the amount of Botanica shops they have with each shop selling a variety of herbs, amulets, spiritual goods, incense and more, used for good luck and healing or to bring back a lost lover. Those looking for a good meal can visit Tacuba Con Sabor Chilango cafe to sample Mexico City-style quesadillas huitlacoche, or visit the large food court for a bit of everything at an affordable price .
Harry Hine’s Bazaar
10788 Harry Hines Blvd.
Don’t be intimidated by the location. This market hall is lively, spacious and guarantees a good time. The parking lot can get hectic during peak visiting hours, but once inside you’ll see typical bazaar finds like Mexican candy shops with everything chamoy and chile covered and more than enough places to shop for new leather work boots. Some unique parts of this bazaar are the large and spacious entertainment area with foosball, air hockey and arcade games for children and a pool table for adults. Standout dining options among Mexican seafood restaurants include Mi Parilla Latina Ostioneria and Linda Vista Restaurant, as well as a pretzel shop that sells doughy treats identical to your American mall favorites.
Super Fiesta Bazaar
712 S. Walton Walker Blvd.
Take a trip deep west of Dallas and visit this small but mighty indoor market. Visitors entering through the main doors are greeted by an altar of the Virgin Mary decorated with fresh flowers and lit candles. Hidden gems at this location include an upstairs ballroom that hosts live Mexican bands for low-key events bails and the new Nicaraguita-Mex restaurant, which serves staples like tacos and quesadillas but also offers a standalone Nicaraguan menu of baho, enchiladas nica, chanco con yuca, and more. Visitors will also come across simple bazaar shops, like a religious bookstore, countless vendors selling huaraches (Mexican leather sandals), and several places to thread your eyebrows. If your mood is more for snacks, grab a bite at one of the fruit shops: the massive and glittering Fruteria Guerrero for a fresh tropical smoothie, or the quaint Fresita’s Fruit Cocktail for a cup Fresas con crema (strawberries with cream) just down the hall.