Mercado Libertad in Guadalajara, Mexico for shopping the freshest produce, and anything else your heart might desire. I spent the better part of a late morning here with my cousin on my visit to Guadalajara this last May. Another return to some wonderful memories. The Sunday Traveler used to spend a lot of her youth in Mexico with cousins, and this particular cousin used to shop at the mercado for her family’s restaurant, and I would love to tag along. The minute we stepped in to the first building with row after row of vegetables and fruit and cheeses and meats, my mind zoomed back years and remembered these colors, smells, sounds. The photo above requires a little explanation I think; it is an elevated attic carved into the upper rock of the building that is being used as a cold room for some of the produce. I glanced up and it took a minute for my mind to sort this out. I was looking into a room through a doorway.
The stalls are managed by the most wonderfully warm people that the Sunday Traveler had a great time talking to while my cousin made her purchases for her household. Taking photos was very relaxing with people that knew my cousin from her years of shopping here, and the Sunday Traveler had a free pass to take photos at will throughout the morning without hesitation.
Mercado Libertad is huge and comprised of several buildings and a lot of walking was done to get to the favorite vendors.
Spices, any amount you need is measured out for you
Norwegian dry cod
I was starving by the time we left
Our car was loaded with the day’s purchases and we were off to see about lunch.
Mercado Libertad, not to be missed if you visit Guadalajara.