Insider's Guide to Mexico City’s Merced Market

Walking tour » 3.5 hours

$90.00 dlls p/person

Mercado La Merced, the crown jewel of the Mexican capital’s public market system, is by any definition, a Mexican food-lovers paradise. It’s the historic center of food commerce in CDMX. And while modernist architect Enrique del Mora’s 1957 mid century gem is the most recent iteration to house La Merced, the market and its tianguis—as the sprawling constellation of informal stalls on the surrounding streets are known—have been a presence in this downtown neighborhood for hundreds of years.

Join our roving supper club on CTH’s insider outing to La Merced, where we’ll eat our way through one of the country’s oldest, most important markets while exploring the fundamental ingredients that form the foundation of Mexican cuisine.

OUTING INCLUDES

  • 5 food stops at market stands
  • a michelada beer cocktail
  • a visit to a tortilleria using the nixtmal process
  • a tasting of local cheeses 
  • a  mole tasting
  • a seasonal local fruit tasting
  • a visit to a historic pulque bar 
  • CTH host

"The World's Best Food Tours"
— Forbes

"The One Secret That Will Utterly Transform Your Trip to Mexico City"
— Eater

"To eat your way through Mexico City, begin with a taco crawl of street side purveyors and public market bodegas with CTH"
— Travel + Leisure

 


THE RENDEZVOUS POINT

Our meeting spot is on outside the entrance to Gran Hotel in Centro Histórico. MAP

EAT. DRINK. REPEAT.

Over the course of the day our roving supper club will visit our favorite food spots in Mercado La Merced. While wandering its cramped stalls and the maze-like tianguis that stretch for blocks, we’ll converse with La Merced’s vendors, many of whom have generation ties to the market. CTH’s La Merced outing is geared towards the market-loving ingredient geeks who want to explore the fundamental elements that form the foundation of Mexico’s cuisine. Whether its huitlacoche, heritage corn strains, obscure regional chiles, tortilla presses, or taquero-worthy machetes, whatever you are looking to find, for all things related to food, all roads lead to La Merced. 

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END

With full bellies we’ll head back to the Zocalo, right near where we started. There, you can grab an UBER, hop on the metro, or spend the rest of your afternoon exploring CDMX’s Centro Historico. The national cathedral, the ruins of Tenochtitlan, and the National Palace, which houses a must see Diego Rivera mural, are all right there. And Bellas Artes, where murals by Mexico’s master painters Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco + Rufino Tamayo are housed, is just a short walk away. 


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We meet at 9:00 AM in front of the entrance to El Gran Hotel. The outings last 3.5 hours. Bring comfortable shoes, as there's a lot of walking involved. There's also a ton of food, so it's a good idea to skip breakfast! Mexico City’s traffic can be a nightmare of the best of days. We strongly encourage people to use public transportation. The Centro neighborhood is regularly the site of parades, demonstrations, events, etc, so please plan accordingly to arrive on time. The summer months are Mexico City’s rainy season. While the rain normally starts in the late afternoon, well after our outings are through, CTH’s ‘Insiders Guide to Mexico CIty’s Merced Market’ is rain or shine, so be prepare

 

THE CTH WAY

A blogger once described Club Tengo Hambre outings this way: 'It felt like very cool friends were showing us around their town.' That's what CTH is all about. We are a roving supper club, not a food tour. Our trips are small, intimate gatherings. Our aim is to celebrate both the social aspect of food in bringing people together and the vibrant street food scene that makes Mexico’s capital city the best place in the world for street food. We want you to bring your friends + make new ones.


Club Tengo Hambre’s outings were, quite literally, decades in the making. Years of food intel went into its curation. Our menu focuses solely on the best of Mexico City’s regional street cuisine.


Want to custom-design your CTH experience?

CTH can curate a culinary adventure in Mexico for you. From chef dinners and street food outings, to private mescal tastings, wine-fueled Valle de Guadalupe road trips and food-focused weekend getaways, our unique relationships with the cutting edge of Mexico’s culinary scene—from Baja California to Mexico City—allow us to craft a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your friends for any occasion.