The Mercado Cabecera Iztapalapa is among the most important public markets in Mexico City. As organizer of the famous Semana Santa Tianguis, it’s been a bedrock of Iztapalapa life for more than a century. The market itself is nearing 70 years old, but the tianguis from which it grew dates back to the mid-19th century.
Don’t underestimate the depth and breadth with which Holy Week observations here affect nearly aspect of the market. It’s almost a pilgrimmage site in itself. Just about any visit will have to include at least a passing acknowledgement of religious life here.
A 2017 UAM study counted some 199 vendors inside the market. These spill over into a less formal annex area that pushes to the rear of the San Lucas Church. They’ll up the number considerably. But importantly, among all these vendors are lots selling prepared food. That makes it a very reliable lunch spot.
The Mercado Cabecera Iztapalapa is an essential part of the Iztapalapa Historic Center. Technically it’s in the Barrio San Pablo, but street sellers will spread well into San Lucas. And after all, San Lucas is where most of the important Semana Santa events begin. It’s all just a few minutes walk north of Metro Iztapalapa. And if you’re not here for Semana Santa, rest assured, many of the activities seem to last year round.