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Mercado de la Merced

 In the heart of the Barrio de la Merced neighborhood is one of the city’s biggest markets—also the largest one in Latin America.

This area in the center of the city, one of the oldest, has been a prominent commercial zone since pre-Hispanic times. In 1860 a former monastery’s land was turned into what would be the first food market offering wholesale and retail products. By the end of the 1950s, the market could no longer hold all its vendors, so it was remodeled and expanded. 

The modern market now has a main area selling perishables, such as fruit, beans, chili peppers, fish, beef, pork, and chicken. Stands spread through a vast area covered by vaulted fiberglass that lets sunlight and fresh air in. 

A passageway leads to long aisles overflowing with baskets, saddlery goods, cleaning products, and handicrafts. Other parts of the market offer folk toys, traditional Mexican candy, flowers, decorative plants, and even products for mystical activities such as witchcrafts and Santeria.  




Mercado De La Merced, Rosario, La Merced, Merced Balbuena, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

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