Going to the Mercado Merced in Mexico City


One of my favorite things to do wherever I am in Mexico is to visit the local market. In Mexico City, there are so many markets to choose from–all of them slightly different and all of them interesting. Yesterday I took the subway to La Merced, one of the largest mercados in the Federal District. It covers an entire block and then spills out into the streets.  I took the photo below to show you how empty the subway station was on an early Saturday morning. The Metro is the best thing going in Mexico City. It costs 3 pesos to go anywhere and it’s clean, safe and speedy.

Mexico City Metro Stop

The Metro stops right inside the market so there’s no confusion about where to get off. Just climb up the stairs from the train and boom, you are inside the huge Mercado Merced. I like to wander a bit just looking at the fruits and vegetables, the zapatos, the plastic stuff,  but my ultimate destination is always the paper products. There is such a huge variety in so many colors! Valentine’s Day is coming soon, so there’s an abundance of pink and red.

Mercado Merced in Mexico City

Mexican Pinatas in the Market

Mercado Merced in Mexico City

These decorations look like they are decorated with flowers but it’s paper!


2 Comments on “Going to the Mercado Merced in Mexico City”

  1. Stevie Sullivan says:

    Would I be able to travel by subway from the airport to this La Merced? Are the items unique enough(relative,of course) to make a trip to go just to this one market and back to airport and home?

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    • Hi Stevie, Yes, it’s possible to do that on the subway (with several transfers) but I’m not sure you’d find what you are looking for. It is not a folk art market but rather a market with items for daily living. I love the paper and party favors section but that’s the reason I go there, not to buy folk art. Saludos, Anne