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Best Markets in Morelia

What are the best markets in Morelia? In this article we highlight the best markets in Morelia.

Morelia, the charming capital of Michoacan, Mexico, is a city steeped in history and culture. For expats and digital nomads who have chosen this picturesque city as their temporary home, exploring local markets is a delightful way to immerse themselves in the daily life of Morelia. These markets offer a vibrant array of goods ranging from fresh produce to artisanal crafts, providing a unique shopping experience. Here are some of the best markets in Morelia that you should not miss.

Mercado Independencia

Location: Avenida Francisco I. Madero Poniente, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Traditional Mexican Market
Open: Daily, 8 AM – 8 PM

Mercado Independencia is the main market in the heart of Morelia’s historic center. It’s a bustling hub where locals and visitors alike come to shop for a wide variety of goods. From fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing and household items, this market has it all. The vibrant atmosphere and the colorful displays of goods make it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the local culture.

We Recommend: Trying the local specialty, carnitas, from one of the food stalls. These slow-cooked pork morsels are a Michoacan delicacy and a favorite among market-goers.

Mercado de Dulces y Artesanias

Location: Calle Valentín Gómez Farías, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Sweets and Crafts Market
Open: Daily, 9 AM – 9 PM

This market is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth and a love for handcrafted goods. The Mercado de Dulces y Artesanias is renowned for its wide selection of traditional Mexican candies and confections, as well as beautifully crafted artisanal items. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and gifts, or simply to indulge in some delicious treats.

We Recommend: Sampling the ates, a type of fruit preserve that comes in various flavors such as guava, quince, and apricot. They are a traditional sweet treat from the region.

Mercado de San Juan

Location: Calle 20 de Noviembre, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Daily, 7 AM – 5 PM

Located just a few blocks from the cathedral, Mercado de San Juan is a smaller, more intimate market known for its fresh produce and meat. It’s a great place to find high-quality ingredients for cooking at home. The market also has a few food stalls where you can grab a quick, delicious, and affordable meal.

We Recommend: Enjoying a freshly made juice or licuado (smoothie) from one of the juice stands, using your choice of the fresh fruits available at the market.

La Placita

Location: Plaza San Francisco, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Outdoor Artisan Market
Open: Weekends, 10 AM – 5 PM

La Placita is an open-air market that takes place in one of Morelia’s quaint plazas. It’s particularly popular on weekends when local artisans come out to display their crafts. Here, you can find everything from handmade jewelry to traditional clothing and pottery. The market’s relaxed atmosphere makes it a pleasant place to browse and shop for unique items.

We Recommend: Picking up a piece of the intricately painted pottery, a beautiful example of the region’s rich artisanal heritage.

El Mercado de Antojitos

Location: Corner of Avenida Madero and Calle Santiago Tapia, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Street Food Market
Open: Evenings, 6 PM – 11 PM

El Mercado de Antojitos is the go-to spot for evening street food in Morelia. As the sun sets, the corner of Madero and Santiago Tapia comes alive with the smells and sounds of sizzling food. This market is perfect for those looking to sample a variety of Mexican street food in one convenient location.

We Recommend: Trying the quesadillas filled with local ingredients like huitlacoche (corn fungus) or flor de calabaza (squash blossoms), cooked right in front of you on a hot griddle.

Centro de Abastos

Location: Periferico Paseo de la Republica, Industrial Area
Type of Market: Wholesale Market
Open: Daily, 5 AM – 5 PM

The Centro de Abastos is Morelia’s main wholesale market, but it’s also open to the public. This is where you’ll find the freshest produce, meats, and seafood at the best prices. It’s a bit further from the city center, but well worth the trip for those looking to stock up on groceries or experience a more local side of Morelia’s market scene.

We Recommend: Visiting the seafood section for fresh, locally-sourced fish and shrimp, ideal for a homemade seafood feast.

Tianguis Cultural

Location: Calle Santiago Tapia, Centro Historico
Type of Market: Cultural and Artisan Market
Open: Saturdays, 10 AM – 5 PM

The Tianguis Cultural is a weekly market that celebrates Morelia’s vibrant arts scene. Local artists and craftspeople set up along Calle Santiago Tapia to sell their creations, which range from paintings and sculptures to handmade clothing and accessories. It’s a great place to support local artists and find one-of-a-kind pieces.

We Recommend: Browsing the selection of unique silver jewelry, often inspired by pre-Hispanic designs and motifs.

These markets in Morelia offer a glimpse into the city’s soul, where tradition meets the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you’re looking for fresh food, artisanal crafts, or just a vibrant atmosphere to soak in, Morelia’s markets are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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