There are so many markets in Mexico City, it can be hard to choose between them. Each offers something a little bit different and exploring each one has become something Luke and I look forward to every weekend.
La Roma is a neighborhood of yuppies, of artists, of boutique cafes and bakeries. It’s one of the most expensive neighborhoods to live in and it’s the one I find myself drawn to more than any of the others we’ve been to so far. All of these traits are exemplified in the local market.
It’s certainly not what you would imagine when you think of a Mexican Market. It’s not like any of the others I’ve been to. It reminds me more of the ones I found in Copenhagen and London. There are no tents, no street stalls that pop up and back down with the days hours. This is a solid building with distressed wooden benches, craft beer and mezcal bars, Mexican fusion foods and French desserts.
It’s the sort of place where you accidentally while away the entire afternoon. Once you sit down with your food and drink and good company, you don’t want to lose your seat. Luckily different vendors have staff walking around to take your order. There are even people bringing around desserts. It doesn’t get any better in my book.
Here are some of my favorite vendors, ones that I will be going back to again and again.
I think it literally translates to “the drunk,” but according to Duolingo, I’m only 2% fluent so what do I know? What I do know is that they have a huge selection of Mexican craft beer, the guys who work there speak English and are really knowledgable. We sampled some really tasty beers including an agave beer (what they use to make tequila and mezcal), a cacao and chile beer which was dark and flavorful, and a few IPAs that were so citrusy and refreshing.
Barra 57 make some seriously beautiful cocktails. Their menus litter the tables and a slight look at them means a waiter will shortly arrive by your side. They do a few different mezcal concoctions and of course, tequila. The selection is definitely unlike any I’ve ever seen.
Butcher & Sons
This must have been one of the busiest stands on the Sunday we spent here. Their burgers, which are the main attraction, are huge, they have a decent beers selection, and they have a gin and tonic menu. They also have several full service restaurants around the city which I’d love to try.
It is as it sounds, a Mexican-Japanese fusion spot. They roll up fresh sushi and add Mexican spices and flavors. They pack them with avocado and there are all manor of dipping sauces available. They also have a really great craft beer selection which we may have taken part in.
That’s all I need to hear. Empanadas are some of my favorite finger foods. I grew up on these latin classics, but they are completely different than my grandma’s (don’t tell her). I mean, brie and blackberries (queso brie y zarzamora), spinach and cheese (espinaca), and even a dulce de leche? These are heaven in a fried pastry.
Hungry yet? When you’re next in Mexico City, get yourself over to Mercado Roma, and get eating.
Address: Calle Querétaro 225, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F.
Hours: 09:00-21:30 except Sundays when things shut at 19:00