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Mercado La Cruz Coyuya

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mercado la cruz


The Mercado La Cruz is just about mid-way between Metros Santa Anita and Coyuya. The market marks something of a mid-point along the wildly underrated Avenida Coyuya.

The avenue divides, diagonally, the two neighborhoods of Santa Anita and La Cruz. It does so rather pleasantly with trees on both sides, and down the middle. Both are historic neighborhoods. Santa Anita is Iztacalco’s only official original settlement. Santa Cruz is the former Rancho de La Cruz Matlapanco which formed part of the Granjas Mexico, today’s Ciudad Deportivo (to the east). Surprisingly, the name is still often used, even the “Rancho” part.

Both neighborhoods share something the canal-side heritage so important just to the north. The ranch itself was more heavily invested in cattle and livestock production, but the result for visitors today, though, is a market heavily invested in Santa Anita’s long history serving tamales. These once left on special tamale barges and traveled as far north as today’s Colonia Guerrero. Vestiges of that tradition are everywhere in the area.

A 2017 UAM study counted some 231 merchants here. Among all of them a good handful continue to sell good sit-down meals, every day. It’s preferable to street food or expensive restaurant food, and makes popping in well worth your while.

The Mercado La Cruz butts up against the big, but thankfully low-rise, pediatric hospital. The two together are thus neighborhood institutions. They’ll be happy to see you.

How to get here
  • Avenida Coyuya, esq. con Hidalgo, Col La Cruz Coyuya, Iztacalco, 08320 CDMX


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Nearest at 0.63 kms.

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Nearest at 0.67 kms.

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Nearest at 0.69 kms.


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