Photos courtesy of: mercadolatinobakersfield.com
By Athena Skapinakis
Bakersfield is no entertainment capital. The city is home to oil production and agriculture rather than a thrilling night life. Tucked at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield has a population of a little over 350,000 people. Many residents have felt that the city’s lost its magic, if there was any to begin with. However, the sparks of magic are there, beneath the thick layers of dust. You just have to brush it off and believe.
One of my favorite aspects of Bakersfield is the Mercado Latino (Latin Market) and the Plaza del Pueblo located at 2105 Edison Hwy. The market often features live Latin music and resembles a compacted version of Mexico. There are over 100 shops, according to the Mercado’s website, with great deals on shoes, clothes and much more. (I go for the super cute sandals and beautiful dresses). Like in Mexico, you can often haggle with the vendors. The marketplace is also bristling with phenomenal Mexican food. Nestled in the corner of the plaza, El Puerto Mariscos is my beloved preferred choice and has some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. The Mercado is a nice break from a typical day out in Bakersfield. http://www.mercadolatinobakersfield.com/
Bakersfield may not seem about fun or entertainment, but there’s still magic in this city. If you venture out and take a chance, you’ll find it.