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Mercado de la Merced: for a history lesson

One of the oldest mercados in the capital, La Merced (8am-7pm daily; Metro Merced), located in the east of the Centro Historico (historic centre), was the city’s original wholesale market and a place where Spaniards and Mexicans once traded side-by-side. Today, the market is divided into seven specific zones, each dedicated to a different product or foodstuff. In one you’ll find vendor after vendor selling nothing but mountains of nopal (cactus), carefully balanced piles of chicharrón (deep fried pork skin) or huitlacoche (the corn fungus popular in Mexican cooking). In another zone, shelves are piled high with baptism and wedding decorations or stocked with plastic boxes of Technicolor candy. There’s an area for artificial flowers, rows dedicated to cooking equipment, and stalls selling nothing but enormous polythene bags stuffed full of potato chips. Note that the market is also well known for prostitution and can be dangerous at night – visit during the day when it’s busy and safe. Source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/mexico-city/travel-tips-and-articles/mexico-citys-best-markets-2 By S

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