Street food can be found on pretty much every corner in Mexico City, so you’ll never be short of options if you’re craving a tamale or a classic taco al pastor. However, if you’d rather get your street food fix in one handy location, these are the best markets in the city that serve up classic Mexican antojitos and other tasty snacks.
It might sound strange to recommend a metro stop as one of the best places to grab street food in the Mexican capital, but if you surface to the street at the Chilpancingo metro stop (in Hipódromo Condesa), then you’ll find a wealth of stalls serving up everything from tlacoyos, sopesand tacos. This is a great market to head to if you’re on the move and don’t have time to head to one of Mexico City’s more well-known indoor locations. Legend has it that the flautassold at the Puesto de Flautas stand are some of the best in the city.
Mercado de la Merced (more commonly known as simply La Merced) is one of Mexico City’s largest and oldest markets that, while dodgy at night, is reasonably safe during the day and a must-visit of the capital. Divided into seven zones, you can find any kind of food you want, but there are also plenty of stands where you can satisfy your Mexico street food cravings – just look out for the places that have running water and plenty of locals crowded around them and you really can’t go wrong.
Only trading on Saturdays, the Mercado Sullivan (Sullivan Market) is a roaming tianguisthat sets up home on Avenida Sullivan from roughly 9am onwards. At this outdoor street market, you’ll find the quintessential Mexico City snack, the humble pambazo,alongside all the classic antojitossuch as barbacoa,tacos and quesadillas. Take some time to explore the stalls before you plump for the puestoyou want to eat at.
If you want a more adventurous (or unique) Mexico City street food experience, there’s no better place to venture than Mercado de San Juan which is known for serving up a ton of creepy crawlies and edible insects. You can also find plenty of international products there too, such as less widely available Asian greens and plenty of exotic meats that you would never imagine to be offered in Mexico (think crocodile and armadillo).
Easily one of Mexico City’s best indoor markets is the centrally-located Mercado Medellín, named after the Colombian city and, as you may imagine, a great spot to head if you want a more international flavor in your street food snacks. In fact, it’s well known for its Cuban ice cream vendors. However, you can still find some classic street food offerings at the Calle Coahuila entrance and a well-known seafood stall called La Morenita.
Narvarte is home to one of Mexico City’s best known and reputable taco stand collections, which is less of a market and more of a hub of meat and tortilla goodness. Head to the Glorieta SCOP for a wealth of excellent food stalls that surround the area and branch off in all directions (although, Avenida Doctor José María Vertiz is one of the best streets to scout around on in our opinion). Some of the best taco stands to visit include Los Tacos de Cochinada, Tacos Beto and Juan Bisteces.
Famed for being the market where Frida Kahlo did her weekly shop, you can understand why the prices are somewhat elevated in this famous Mexico City market that’s known principally for tostadas(the stall is called Tostadas de Coyoacán) and seafood (the most reputable place is definitely El Jardín del Pulpo). Take a stroll through the market and see what catches your eye. If you don’t find anything inside, there are plenty of street vendors surrounding Mercado Coyoacán who’ll surely have something to entice you. We recommend hunting down tlacoyos.