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La Merced is one of the most traditional markets in Mexico City, because its foundation goes back quite a way. It has become a center for the sale of all types of goods, including vegetables, clothing, shoes, meat, livestock, fish, seafood and imported articles for a while now. Prices are very reasonable but it can get rather crowded at times. It is a good place to buy ingredients for daily meals, and is also fun to browse. You might be able to find parking spaces around the market, but it is advisable to use the metro.
The Mercado de San Juan enjoys a rich cultural legacy. Here, you will find items including clothes, footwear, fruit, vegetables, flowers and meat. You can also nosh on snacks and tortillas or buy items to prepare a traditional Mexican meal at home. There is also a huge selection of imported goods and novelties, ranging from toys, plastic items and pans to CD players and televisions. Prices vary according to the item and its provenance; imports from China may be the cheapest, but in terms of quality, they aren't necessarily the best. Parking is available.
This lively, bustling and often rather chaotic market near the Jamaica metro station is difficult to miss. Here you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables of all sorts, but what makes it unique is the stalls selling live animals and birds. Walk around the area and you'll get a glimpse into a part of Mexico City tourists don't normally see.
This is a unique market for those who are into keeping aquariums. Everything you need to set up a marine or freshwater aquarium, including the fish is available. Glass and acryllic aquaria of every shape and size; filters, sand, water purification gadgets, sophisticated air systems, activated carbon and an immense range of sea and fresh water fish can be found here, all for very reasonable prices. Kids will have a good time watching the fish (including several rare varieties) swimming in the enormous aquaria. They also sell small tortoises, rodents and Madagascar cockroaches. There are parking facilities in the surrounding streets.
This center is very tourist-orientated. Prices are fixed, which effectively means it isn't really a market. However, some people prefer it this way, as they know where they stand. It sells a wide selection of Mexican handicrafts. It has more than 110,000 articles and you can find anything from pottery to textiles and more. It offers customers a free drinks in the small snack bar within the shop. The market is next to Buenavista station.
In this market you will find a wide range of clothing and shoes, both new and second-hand, all at very reasonable prices. There are also plenty of various records, trainers, household goods and toys on sale. You can buy Mexican snacks at food stalls, which makes this market very popular with visitors. The market is open all week, and admission is free. Parking facilities are available.
This market is similar to Central de Abastos in that it supplies fish and seafood to all the local markets, restaurants and hotels in Mexico City, as well as customers based further away. The prices are reasonable, because most customers buy in bulk, but the freshness and quality of the fish varies from stall to stall. Parking is available, but it is quite a distance away.
Established in 1957, the Portales market offers an exciting glimpse into Mexico City's local scene and culture. Like any other market, it abounds with fruit and vegetable vendors who sell their fresh produce, but there is another aspect that makes it interesting for those visiting the city. Tucked away into its bustling corners are rows of authentic food stalls and outlets, each offering distinct flavors and dishes. Its culinary range is varied, ranging from Japanese sushi, to barbecued meats and spicy, authentic Mexican treats like tacos and mole. If you aren't here for the food, you will also delight in the stores that sell local crafts and handicraft items.
La Nueva Viga Market is a specialty market that sells seafood. Known to be the largest seafood market in Mexico, it is also the second largest in world. This market deals with 1500 tons (3,000,000 pounds) of sea food on a daily basis. The variety of seafood available here is mind boggling. They sell everything from fish, shellfish and oyster to shark, shrimp and manta ray. With about 300 different species of ocean produce to offer, the market witnesses around 25,000 customers each day. The market is also active in hosting events related to seafood cooking and tasting. In fact every Saturday, it conducts classes and contests that involve seafood cooking.
This is a local market for residents of the Casas Alemán district. You will find a variety of vegetables and meat products, clothing, handicrafts, stationery and tortilla shops here. Parking is available.
The Mercado Esmeralda is famous for the variety of fruit and vegetables that fill its stalls. It is easy to get seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as out of rarer out-of-season varieties. There are stalls selling cold meats and different cuts of beef, chicken and pork. There is also an area where it is possible to buy cooked food, juices, smoothies and tortillas. Stalls selling household goods and ones that specialize in fixing electric appliances are also featured in this market. Parking is available.
If it were all about breaking records then this place would already have beaten the market in Zaragoza hands down and won the title of the largest market in Latin America, thanks to its two kilometers of stalls covering more than 20 blocks in Colonia San Felipe. Here you will find everything from hairbrushes amd clothes to desks and sitting room suites. New and secondhand goods are sold at a fraction of their original prices, which means that whatever your budget, you will find something here. This is a truly impressive flea market. Public parking available nearby.