The Mercado Leandro Valle is one of the main markets in the giant eastern Iztacalco neighborhood of Agrícola Oriental. Opened in 1969, it’s spent better than 54 years as a commercial center, and even as something of a community center. The market is named for Reform-Era general and Mexico City native, Leandro Valle.
Today the market serves things on a giant scale. Trucks arrive daily from the Centro de Abastos. Some arrive from even further afield. But among all the vendors of fruit and butcher items, a good number prepare cooked meals too.
That makes it an excellent spot for lunch. This is especially true for international travelers recovering from too much street food, or worse, airport food. Look for one of the couple of Comida Corrida lunch counters or fondas. It’s a spectualar place to eat, and you’re supporting small businesses and even local farmers.