Mexico City's Public Markets are as vast and varied as the city's hundreds of neighborhoods. In fact, many neighborhoods are centered right around their own distinguished public markets.
The history of Public Markets is a long, long history of trying to control the rather more anarchic tianguis system of simply buying and selling anything and everything in the streets. The very history of the city is, in some measure, a history of shepherding more and more vendors into an increasing number of central marketplace buildings.
From the most famous, like La Merced, to many lesser known markets, they're terrific places to learn about Mexican food, culture, and neighborhoods.
Many of the best-known markets are in fact best-known because one vendor has been specializing in one prepared food there for decades. It helps if you can find out what that dish is before you venture in.
If you're just there for lunch, look for a fonda, often like a lunch counter, and right there inside the market. Look for those serving lunch on china dishes as these tend to be for permanent residents, and those selling food most successfully.
Many of the best fondas offer the classic Mexican prix-fixe menu called the Menu del Día daily. This is typically offered to you as Comida corrida, which translates to something like "Food on the Run." This is rather a sub- estimation and does not do it justice, as it's often some of the best food you will get in the city. But there you have it.
And don't be too quick to judge the plastic plate stuffed into a plastic bag. Though humble, and obviously a strategy to avoid dishwashing, some of the most famous tostadas in the city are piled high above these very plastic plates. Enjoy them at the Coyoacan Market.
One of La GAM's thrivingest neighborhood markets, this one's going on 60 years of better food!
A giant market, just for food, and lots of it, ready-prepared for eating!
One of the biggest markets in the city, it's part of what makes any visit to the Merced…
The Merced's answer to food-service supply is a fantastic cooking & kitchen market, too.
One of the most inviting in the whole of La Meche, it's the Merced Flower Market
_ The Mercado de Dulces is among the first Merced Markets many explorers will encounter. It’s right on…
La Merced is the classic, and some will argue, the only public market in Mexico City. If you…
One of Pani's massive housing developments from the 1960s revolves around a terrific colorful market.
The lunch market for the National Park means you can eat really well, even here.
Everything you could want in a small town market, but fresher, healthier, and ready to eat.
One of La Magdalena's leading public markets, this one's all new and perfect for exploring!
Tlalpan's famous market for home furnishing, woodworking crafts, and sheer artistry.
Mexico City's used-furniture neighborhood, it's a cavalcade of wood, upholstery, and curiosity.
Tlalpan's many small towns and far-flung places seem to all circulate around a great public market.
The Classic Mexico City Market at the heart of two Benito Juárez neighborhoods.
Just east of the Pino Suarez Metro and Plaza Commercial is one of the city's oldest neighborhood markets.
Just east of Metro Xola, it's a neighborhood paradise for eating, enjoying, and relaxing.
Just north of Polanco, yet miles away, is one of the best, healthiest places to eat, of Mexico…
Just below the Metro Panteones, there's a market just for lunch, for relaxing, and for a staff as…
One of Venustiano Carranza's liveliest public market's is but 6 minutes drive from the airport.
Fresh cooked every day, the Public Market in one of the city's newest, shiniest neighborhoods is still one…
A teeming hive of commerce, culture, and food, it's a spectacular place for lunch and more.
An ancient neighborhood in Azcapotzalco welcomes the hungry and the curious.
With a whole variety of eateries and vendors, there's no better place to eat in San Pedro.
Big, old, and in the midst of Tacubaya, it's the most famous market in the area and for…
With food you'll never forget, Tacubaya's other enormous market is not to be missed.
Among the best places to eat and the most colorful places of all, if you're in Totoltepec, this…
The City's biggest Sunday antiques market is just part of an enormous La Lagunilla Shopping Spree.
Plaza Garibaldi's all-night eatery, there's about a dozen restaurants all in a row, and serving it up fresh.
En route to the Parque Tezozómoc, there's no better place to fete Azcapotzalco than at the local market.
San Jeronimo's locals-only secret to lunch, produce and everything else.
Everything you needed in one place, and great food too. It's the capstone to the Barros Sierra neighborhood.