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Mercado San Juan – Arcos de Belén


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The other San Juan Market

Barrio San Juan Moyotlan Walking Route
Barrio San Juan
Walking Route

For those in the know, the other San Juan Market may be much more like what they were looking for. It’s on the very southern edge of Centro, at the corner of Arcos de Belén and Eje Central at Metro Salto del Agua

The Place for Lunch

A mainstay for lunch in the area, there are three or four major fondas in the southwest corner. They largely dominate the lunch business with a few other smaller locales keeping the entire place busy. Then you still have the resplendent chaos of the produce stands, the fish-mongers, and the butchers. Together, it’s a magnificent harmony of color, sound, and smell.

The fact is, international visitors have been wandering in and out for decades. In the past, they were usually looking for the San Juan Market – Pugibet. But, truth be told, today the Arcos market has become a destination entirely all its own.

A big part of the reason is for those three or four fondas mentioned above. And for just this reason, these same fondas have increasingly employed waiters with at least some English skills. Fruits and vegetables are less polished and photo-ready here, but as a classic neighborhood center, it’s a wonderful place to visit and enjoy at least a good part of your afternoon.

Afterwards, a stroll back up the Calle López to the Palacio de Bellas Artes may be in order. It’s a fascinating look into the Real Mexico City and all the many parts of it that remain unchanged, even after so many years of changes and progress. The rest of San Juan Moyotlan can be visited here.

How to get here


Metro Salto del Agua

Nearest at 0.07 kms.

Salto del Agua Fountain

Nearest at 0.09 kms.

Capilla de Salto del Agua

Nearest at 0.12 kms.


Templo Mayor Archaeological Site & Museum

One of the most important sites in the city, even today, don't miss the chance to visit the Templo Mayor.

Old Christ Church, Articulo 123

One of Mexico City's best loved old ruins of a church, this one's still got a story.

The National Palace / New Houses of Moctezuma

One of Mexico City's proudest, most enormous parts of history, the Palacio dominates the entire east of the Zocalo.

Catedral Metropolitana

The first Cathedral to have been built in the Americas.

Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento - Old City Hall Building

Among the earliest on the buildings on the Zócalo, it's still the seat of City government.

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