The markets of Mexico City are a snapshot of local life. You’ll see chefs inspecting fresh produce, families riffling through mounds of clothes and friends nattering over street-food bites. Plenty of tourists too. There are many markets in the capital, from simple open-air tianguis to grand malls several blocks large. Here are the best.
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The traditional tianguis is given a thoroughly modern look at this hip food court. Do a lap of the vendors before taking your pick from the globe-hopping offerings. There’s an indoor communal seating area on the ground floor or, if you’re fleet of foot, a few al fresco dining spots out front and back. Come evening, head upstairs to the bar for boozy beverages and DJ beats.
It’s the best-known flea market in Mexico City, with vendors packed into a large warehouse and many more spilling onto the surrounding streets. It’s the place to go for, well, pretty much everything, but predominantly antiques, trinkets and clothing. It’s a week-long event, but gets extra busy on Sundays, when the weekly tianguis officially takes place.
Launched in the Fifties, Mercado Jamaica is the go-to flower market in Mexico City, with more than 1,000 stalls. There’s everything from bunches to put up in your home to grand funerary arrangements. Plus a section dedicated to piñatas, and a decent range of fruit, veg and meats.
Updated from the original by Niall McGrade.