There’s no better way to get a crash course on any culture than from watching the street theater of buyers and sellers as they shop and haggle in an open market. If Guadalajara’s Mercado Libertad is the Wal-Mart of mercados, then Guadalajara’s Abastos is the Trader Joe’s.
Here you expect great prices as much as you expect best quality merchandise and items that you just can’t buy anywhere else.
As I enter I see covering the entire side of an adjacent building a faded sign. I can’t help but think about the many stories that must certainly have unfolded beneath it.
It’s hard to tell where Abastos ends, because its warehouses and shops cover more than 30 city blocks. The intersection of Lazaro Cardenas and Mariano Otero is a good place to begin. Within eyesight is a parking garage which offers a view of the area that can give you a much-needed lay of the land before you plunge in.
The Foodie in me can’t help but be impressed by the fact that this is where the pros in the restaurant and grocery businesses come to shop...and that it’s also open to the public!