When we’re in a city, we love losing ourselves in big, crazy, labyrinthine markets: sniffing out new scents, tracking down bizarre specialties, tasting unusual food. We are forever fascinated by what these microcosms have to offer. Click through our photos of Mexico’s best markets and see what you think!
Mexico City is the second-largest city in the world. We must have gone to 15 different markets, each one crazier and more vibrant than the next. We really liked the local central market, which is the biggest in the world. You could disappear for weeks into the depths of the enormous market halls, hidden between cactus vendors and truckloads of corn.
Guadalajara is our favorite city, but don’t tell anyone. Last year, our favorite market burned to the ground. We needed a replacement! The one we found, Mercado San Juan de los dios, has an incredible variety of food stalls where you can find everything from seafood to goat-meat tacos. Awesome!
This laid-back port city situated 108 km south of the U.S. border was once a hotspot for gambling and other sinful pleasures. Today, it’s known as the “Cinderella of the Pacific” and is popular among Californians as a weekend getaway spot.
Oaxaca is what you could call the food mecca of Mexico. Start talking with any Mexican about the moles, salsas and mezcal from Oaxaca and their eyes will begin to shine. With good reason!