In a city with over 300 markets, Mexico City’s Mercado La Merced has managed to attain icon status. But you don’t have to be there to experience La Merced’s allure. Instead, hop on a virtual tour with a local guide, and explore this slice of history – a center of retail trade since the colonial period of the 1800s.
You’ll be taken down the twisting maze of passageways that only a seasoned La Merced visitor could even begin to navigate and see spice merchants, vegetable sellers, and every type of mouth-watering Mexican street food imaginable. Your guide will stop and explain each unfamiliar item, so you can add it to your bucket list for a future visit.
The food market gradually gives way to a vast open-air area, where vendors sell everything from birthday trinkets to off-brand sneakers. As you explore, your guide will share stories of the market’s importance – not just historically, but today – and explain how La Merced is inextricably intertwined with the lives of Mexico City’s locals.