Markets in Monterrey offer a chance to find everything from locally made arts and crafts to secondhand goods and delicious local prepared foods as well as culture and color. Indoor and outdoor traditional public markets are part and parcel of Mexican culture and are in many ways the heart and soul of this region. You can walk stalls in flea-market-style secondhand shopping plazas offering everything from antiques and collectibles to secondhand housewares. You can hit up vibrant food markets where locals sell fresh produce and prepared meals from generations of family recipes.

    Arts and crafts markets let you explore local culture and find the perfect gift or souvenir. Check out some of the most beloved markets in Monterrey.

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    Mercado Juárez

    Visit a main market for food in Monterrey

    Mercado Juárez is arguably the main downtown market in town, beloved by locals and visitors alike, and offering tons of fondas, or family-run food stalls. Here you can enjoy prepared foods of just about every variety to really taste what authentic Mexican cuisine is like. These recipes are prepared using generations of family techniques and are just like what locals eat at home as opposed to the more tourist-focused eateries you might find elsewhere.

    This market can be a whirlwind of sight and sound, and it can be easy to get lost in the wonder of it all. Mercado Juárez is located directly in the heart of downtown Monterrey.

    Location: Calle Juárez a Calle Vicente Guerrero, Ruperto Martínez, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm

    Phone: +52 81 1035 4327

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    Mercado Barrio Antiguo

    Check out a vast indoor street market

    Mercado Barrio Antiguo is a destination for foodies offering a brightly-decorated indoor space surrounded by more than a dozen vendors offering street food and drinks. The middle of the hall is filled with communal tables, so after you grab your food, find a seat and make some new friends, be they other visitors or locals. The vendors here sell all varieties of street food from tacos and burritos to churros, hot foods, and desserts. You can even visit a bar to grab a beer or cocktail to go with your meal.

    If you're a fan of Mexican street food, this place puts it all under one roof. It's 10 minutes south of downtown.

    Location: José María Morelos #837-L5, Barrio Antiguo, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 81 8031 4683

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    Mercado Campesino

    See a local market selling produce and livestock

    Mercado Campesino is an unusual public weekend market where you'll find not only fresh produce and local cuisine, but even live animals for sale. This outdoor market features dozens of stalls where vendors sell livestock from chicken to pigs as well as flour tortillas, semitas turcos, machata, locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables, chiles of several varieties, and what seems like an endless selection of different salsas. Some of the food stands here also sell prepared meals so you can taste the ideal way all of these ingredients go together.

    This market is built for locals, by locals, and is where many who live here get their food and supplies. It's directly in central downtown.

    Location: Venustiano Carranza 1817A, Rubén Jaramillo, 64489 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 6 am to 3 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

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    Plaza Comercial Fundadores

    Head for a massive shopping plaza downtown

    Plaza Comercial Fundadores is less a public market and more of a shopping mall and commercial center, offering tons of shops and stores, including a supermarket and food court. This is a place to come for window shopping or to find vast opportunities to buy local produce and ingredients to take home and cook your own meals while you're on vacation. You can find clothes, toys, electronics, even a multiplex movie theater showing all the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

    The onsite food court gives you plenty of more familiar options to eat. If you want a more traditional shopping experience, this is where you'll find it, right in the heart of downtown Monterrey.

    Location: Av. Cuauhtémoc 327, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Mercado Colon

    Visit a local farmer's market with live music

    Mercado Colon is a popular local farmer's market where you can get fantastic local street food, fresh produce, and juice, and even enjoy live entertainment. This market is a staple of local culture with delicious quesadillas, gorditas, and specialty foods. Among the most popular regular vendors are Doña Mela and Doña Pily. There's a short wait for food because it's all freshly made, but the prices are great and the quality amazing. You can also enjoy local folk music acts performing all the time here.

    This market is a vibrant spot to soak up local culture and is a destination for residents and visitors alike. It's just 8 minutes south of downtown.

    Location: adentro del mercado colon, C. Padre Mier 251, Barrio Antiguo, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7 am to 8 pm (closed Saturday–Sunday)

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    Unión de Artesanos de Nuevo León

    Check out a small arts, crafts, and gift mall

    Unión de Artesanos de Nuevo León is a mini-mall and bazaar where you can find all sorts of handmade arts and crafts, souvenirs, gifts, and kitsch showcasing regional styles. Somewhere between a flea market, crafts market, and small shopping mall, this is one of those places that's packed with hidden treasures where you can find just about anything. Whether you're looking for wall art, copper works, handmade jewelry, woodworking, leatherworking, or crystals, you'll find it here. Some vendors even sell homemade sweet treats like candy or baked goods.

    From blankets to clothing to home décor, it's all here. This market is only about 10 minutes south of downtown Monterrey.

    Location: Mariano Escobedo 832, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

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    Corredor del Arte

    Visit a local arts, crafts, antique, and flea market

    Corredor del Arte arises every Sunday from Calle Mina in the Barrio Antiguo and offers a wide selection of collectibles, arts, crafts, antiques, and a flea market bazaar. This is a lively and vibrant market that gets crowded with locals and visitors alike searching for unique items amid heaps of records, books, clothes, home décor, coffee mugs, and plenty of other hidden treasures. This is the place to come to dig for those specialty collectibles you never thought you'd find. While you search, you can also enjoy live local bands playing a variety of musical styles.

    This is a fun Sunday market that's a fantastic place to soak up the local culture. It's 10 minutes southeast of Monterrey.

    Location: Mina Sta. Eulalia, Barrio Antiguo, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (closed Monday–Saturday)

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    Mercado del Chorro

    Try a unique vegan food market

    Mercado del Chorro is unique among Monterrey markets in that it's a food market that is 100% vegan with everything from vegan gorditas to vegan hot dogs and beyond. The market sells a wide range of culinary styles and traditions including Asian food, tacos, and local standards. The catch is there's not an animal product to be seen anywhere you look. It's a weekly market open every Friday evening.

    If you're looking for an outstanding vegan or vegetarian meal or even if you're a meat eater who just wants to try something different, you'll find good food at great prices here. It's right in the heart of downtown.

    Location: Centro, 64000 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

    Open: Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 2 pm to 8 pm (closed Sunday–Thursday)

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    Mercado del Norte

    Visit an arts and crafts market in a historic building

    Mercado del Norte is a food, arts, and crafts market in the northern neighborhood of Monterrey where you can find all sorts of items at fantastic prices. Here you'll find collectibles, handmade local arts and crafts, and truly unique food items like barbecue tacos. You can cool off with yogurt-based drinks, which are surprisingly refreshing, and sweet snacks that will pep you up when you hit that low-energy part of your day. This market is built on a historic site in the heart of the Old Matehualita neighborhood and was constructed in 1928 in the neo-colonial style.

    That makes this market a vibrant cultural site and a historic locale with stunning architecture. It's right in the heart of downtown.

    Location: Av. Cristóbal Colón Sn, Col Obrera, Zarabia, 64490 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

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    San Pedro Street & Food Market

    Take a cooking class while the kids paint and play

    San Pedro Street and Food Market is a once-monthly Sunday market offering tons of local and international food vendors, arts, crafts, workshops, classes, and culture. This unique market offers open space for people to relax and play pickup games of sports, and for the little ones, you can explore a kids' area offering activities like painting, storytelling, puppet shows, mimes, and arts and crafts workshops. A hospitality area offers videos and movies to enjoy. For the grownups, the market offers workshops for cooking and grilling where you can learn the genius of culinary arts to take home and show off to your friends.

    This vibrant market offers a little something for everyone. It's 13 minutes south of town.

    Location: María Izquierdo esquina con, Av. Batallon de San Patricio, Valle Oriente, 66278 San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed Monday–Saturday)

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