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Mexico City - The Market of La Merced

Visit the largest market in Mexico City and walk through its colorful neighborhood.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  For those looking for something unique and "off-the- beaten-path" in Mexico City there is a neighborhood southeast of Mexico City’s... more »

Tips:  To get to La Merced from the Zocalo is easy. You can either walk an interesting 13 blocks full of shops and restaurants (easiest way),... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Plaza Alonso Garcia Bravo

Plaza Alonso Garcia is located on Calle Manzanares, but known to locals as Venustiano Carranza. It borders a street that is closed off as a pedestrian walkway and goes by several names (Alhondiga, Talavera, and Jose Baez). You’ll know you are in the right place when you see green tents of vendors selling a collection of the most random... More

2. Claustro del Convento de la Merced

The Claustro del Convento de la Merced (La Merced Cloister) is all that is left of a monastery that was founded in the 17th by the Mercedarian order. The neighborhood takes its name from the monastery, Monasterio de Nuestra Senora de la Merced. The temple, before being destroyed by the Reform Laws, was proclaimed to be the most lavish during the... More

3. Calle Talvera

The pedestrian walkway on Calle Talavera is known to locals as Calle Niño Dios (1 block). Along this stroll you will find various types of architecture; beautiful neoclassical style, Baroque wall niches, art deco balconies and pastel colored buildings.

You will know you have arrived when you see a traditional candy store on the corner. The... More

4. Casa Talvera

After a stroll down Baby Jesus Avenue, you’ll cross Republica del Salvador and be in front of Casa Talavera.

The exact date is unknown but is speculated it was built in the 18th century. Its colossal façade is covered in red volcanic rock and its doors open to high ceilings, a mixture of colors and contrasts on the wall and a picturesque main... More

5. Plaza del Aguilita

Crossing the next street, the pedestrian walkway turns into the large Plaza del Agulita. In the middle of the square is a fountain with the Mexican eagle and a snake upon a column. This represents the old legend of the eagle devouring the snake given by the God Huitzilopochtli to the Aztecs to locate the place on which to build the great city of... More

At the end of Plaza del Aguilita, you’re going to follow east on Misioneros street to a large avenue. Across is a large sign “Mercado de las Flores” and where the interesting chaos of the market begins. It is best to enter in Mercado de Las Flores, where you will immediately be overwhelmed by the vibrant colors and abundance of artificial flowers ... More