Centro, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Merida's Mercado de Lucas de Galvez is a riot of Mexico's colors, smells, textures, and sounds in the Historic Center of the Yucatan state capital. This is the public market where Meridanos come to buy everyday food items and bargain price clothing, shoes, watches, and, well…you name it, they've probably got it! Vegetable and fruit sellers abound – some of them Mayan village women, each trying to outdo the other with their precisely arranged pyramids and overflowing piles – look for Yucatan specialties like guayaba, chaya, zapote, and mamey. If you are a vegetarian (or at all squeamish), stay away from the fresh meat section, where raw beef, pork, and chicken hang from metal hooks above the counters. At Christmas, you can find strings of tree lights in every possible color and shape imaginable. It's also possible to eat inexpensively at one of the many family-operated restaurants, which offer tacos and other simple food. Other shopping nearby are Garcia Rejon Bazar and Hamacas Merida.
Hours: Daily, approximately 5:00 am to 6:00 pm