Hot and Pulsing City: La Merced Market

There's been a market in Mexico City since before the Aztec times, and the Spanish discovered new crops here like potatoes, tomatoes, corn and tobacco which they exported back home.

Shopping Essentials

image: Justine Shapiro samples food at La Merced

Justine Shapiro samples food at La Merced

Where: Mexico City, Mexico
What’s in store: Fantastic foods, piles of chillis and great crafts
Bag a bargain: Eat a mosquito egg and buy a Virgin de Guadelupe statue

Where’s It At

image; Traditional Mexican handicraftsMexico City is divided into 400 neighbourhoods, and all the extremes of Mexico can be found here. Glamour and chic nestle against extreme poverty and overcrowding. There’s been a market in Mexico City since before the Aztec times, and the Spanish discovered new crops here like potatoes, tomatoes, corn and tobacco which they exported back home. Every neighbourhood has one mercado, or market.La Merced is one of the city’s largest food markets moving over 24,000 tons of fruit and vegetable every day. Farm trucks move this mountain of food in this pulsing and hot city without refrigeration.

Shoppers Paradise

image: Traditional Mexican handicrafts

Traditional Mexican handicrafts

Mexicans find it hard to live without chilli, and there’s many varieties on sale in the markets, around 150. Other delicacies includemosquitoes eggs served up in a tortilla or with a little cactus.

There are many workshops in the city with crafts including basketweaving, masks andglassware. The Mexicans take crafts from all around the world and recycle them and emboss items like glass and fabric with a Mexican twist. Every home and business has an alter to the mother of Mexico – the Virgin de Guadelupe.

Whilst shopping and eating, be sure to check out the mexico specialities, Salsas (sauces),Antojitos (appetizer like tacos andenchiladas), Maize and refried beans.

 

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