Mercado de Coyoacán, located in southwest Mexico City, has an orderly beauty and a sleepy country market vibe. The produce vendors exhibit ingredients that you won't see at most restaurants: piles of mamey—which resemble oblong cantaloupes and have fire-orange flesh that tastes like a cross between sweet potato and date—and aguacates criollos, avocados the size of jalapeños with skin so thin it's edible.
Before you fill up on crab tostadas or enfrijoladas (tortillas in creamy bean sauce), visit El Charro for Manuel Ortiz Mendoza’s carnitas (long-simmered pork) dished onto a fresh corn tortilla.
The market is just two blocks from the Museo Frida Kahlo on Ignacio Allende between Xicoténcatl and Malintzin, near the Parque Allende.
This appeared in the May 2014 issue.