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Mercado la Merced - Market Mexico City - Mexico

Just south of the Centro Histórico, the sprawling Mercado de la Merced is Mexico City’s largest market. Buses from surrounding pueblos stop here and their passengers set up stalls in and around the market’s main buildings, selling mostly fresh fruit and vegetables but also any other sort of general household paraphernalia you could imagine. Wandering aimlessly through the aisles and letting your eyes water with the fumes of thousands of onions, passing bags of chillis stacked up above your head and fending off enthusiastic vendors waving carrots in your face is the best way to experience one of el D.F’s greatest institutions.

There’s not that much cooked food offered, although the few stalls at the back of the market are generally considered safe places to eat. You’re best off going elsewhere if you’re after souvenirs too, unless you kow anyone who’d like a string of plastic chillis. Be careful with your belongings here, as pickpockets are notorious. The southwestern corner of the market, Calle San Pablo towards Pino Suarez, is not only the best place to come to buy bike parts, but also famous for the abundance of prostitutes (and their clients).

Metro La Merced
Mexico City, Mexico

Market Types:
General market, Food market

Price Description: Free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:6 a.m.

Open Hours to:6 p.m.

Days Closed:None

Travel Skills: None

Here are other activities in and around Mexico City that may be of interest: La Ciudadela Mercado de Artesanías (La Cuidadela Handicrafts Market) and Bazar Sábado/ Plaza San Jacinto.

10 Mar 2009

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