Built in 1934 as a prototype for markets all over the city, this is one of the big ones. The Abelardo L. Rodríguez Market is a true landmark, and sadly one of the lesser visited sites in the center. Architect Antonio Muñoz used all kinds of styles: Baroque, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau and Art Déco to present one of the most dignified and renowned places to shop or for lunch in the city.
At more than 450,000 square meters of walls and ceilings, you bet they’re covered in murals by the students of Diego Rivera. With the Revolution and the ensuing chaos, this was only the second major public market built in the city in the early 20th century. The first was the Dos de Abril market in the Colonia Guerrero and that had been finished way back in 1912.
Like the Guerrero market though, the Abelardo L. Rodríguez Market was meant to provide a prototype for new, more modern marketplace. This was obviously way before supermarkets. It was enormous and offered a whole slew of services in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables. This one, way ahead of its time, included a daycare center, youth center and library.
With entrances on República de Venezuela, República de Colombia, Del Carmen and Rodríguez Puebla streets, it was accessible to the entire neighborhood. International visitors come mostly to gawp at the murals, and they’re well worth it. But check out the roof over the central patio area. The Teatro del Pueblo auditorium on the upper floor and many of the other features were later copied into other public markets. You’ll find the prototype was followed in the La Lagunilla, Tepito and La Merced markets too. Each of them is not just fascinating, but always well worth a visit, not just to gawp, but for an excellent lunch, too.
Phone: 55 5702 4718
República de Venezuela s/n, Col. Centro.