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Mercado Melchor Múzquiz: The Mercado de San Ángel

Mercado Melchor Múzquiz de San Ángel
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Mercado Melchor Múzquiz is more commonly known as the The Mercado de San Ángel. Open since 1958, it’s most striking from the street for the outstanding murals by Ariosto Otero completed in 2008. Otero is mostly associated with the extensive public work he’s done in Álvaro Obregón & Magdalena Contreras, that is, the city’s southwest. In fact, he has strong examples of work all over the city.

On both inside and outside walls, the murals offer a fascinating glimpse into Mexico’s past and present. Entrance way arches are flanked by no fewer than 67 figures. Interested visitors may be able to pick out the likenesses of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, the early muralists. In other sections Pedro Infante and the writers, Carlos Monsiváis and Elena Poniatowska can also be spotted.

Although the market is better known as the San Angel Market, the official name is for an Acting President of Mexico. Melchor Múzquiz held office briefly in 1832. He’s best remembered for having been painfully honest especially with public finances.

The market to honor his name and legacy opened in during a period of broad public marketplace construction in the city. It’s raucous, but one of the most frequently mentioned in the international press and visitor’s guides to Mexico City.

  • Don’t confuse the Mercado Melchor Múzquiz with the better-known flower market, the Mercado de Flores de San Ángel. The flower market is much bigger, and occupies more than a full block a bit further north on Avenida Revolución.

Phone: 55 4485 9360

Web: https://www.facebook.com/Mercado43/

Address:

Revolución S/N esquina, Dr. Elguero, San Ángel, 01000 CDMX