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Mercado de Jamaica– the flower market of Mexico City

This Sunday afternoon, we decided to go for a exploration of the wholesale flower market of Mexico City, Mercado de Jamaica. This massive market is apparently *the* place for purchasing flowers for basically all flower vendors in Mexico City and for locals looking for fresh, gorgeous, bargain-priced flowers. We decided to go here with John’s dad Bob (who’s visiting along w/John’s stepmom Pam) because he’s a certified master gardner (I’m told this is an actual title? Who knew!) & thought he would be amused. If I was holding any sort of celebration here in Mexico City, I would definitely hit up Jamaica to stockpile on stunning flower arrangements in advance, since I cannot arrange my way out of the proverbial paper bag. 

We were initially somewhat skeptical of how different this would be from the other bazillion mercados here in Mexico, but I can confirm: it is definitely worth a visit & also a good spot to bring visitors. (Most of the aisles are quite large/spacious, making it both easy to gawk & take photos from afar, and less stressful for disoriented gringos as you are less likely to be run down by locals with small grocery carts or men carrying sides of beef.) That said, there is plenty of the standard market fare as well, so if you are looking to see piles of avocados, hanging pig heads, or the best damn carnitas stall I’ve experienced, you will still be in luck.

Bob poses with roses (as well as bags of pre-plucked rose petals, in case you are too lazy for a full-fledged game of "He loves me, he loves me not")

Bob poses with roses (as well as bags of pre-plucked rose petals, in case one is too lazy for a full-fledged game of "He loves me, he loves me not")

John's favorite-- pollen-laden lillies. That said, by some act of God, we managed to get through this whole market with neither John's nor Bob's allergies acting up. A small miracle.

John's favorite-- pollen-laden lillies. That said, by some act of God, we managed to get through this whole market with neither John's nor Bob's allergies acting up. A small miracle.

This intriguing arrangement has complements its roses on top with another set of roses upside down, dipping into the water in the vase

This intriguing arrangement has complemented its roses on top with another set of roses upside down, dipping into the water in the vase

The boxes of brightly colored gerberas were some of my favorites

The boxes of brightly colored gerberas were some of my favorites

I have never seen such a vibrant blue dye-job on a calla lily

I have never seen such a vibrant blue dye-job on a calla lily

Whatever your religious ceremony needs-- wedding, funeral, baptism, you name it-- Mercado de Jamaica has you covered

Whatever your religious ceremony needs-- wedding, funeral, baptism, you name it-- Mercado de Jamaica has you covered

For those of you who find individual flowers a bit dull, but love dogs, do not fear: Mercado de Jamaica has something for you as well…

In case this isn't immediately obvious to you, these flowers have been formed into a white dog carrying a rose in his mouth.

In case this isn't immediately obvious to you, these flowers have been formed into a white dog carrying a rose in his mouth.

Pam has a little white kick-dog named Teddy back in Florida, and since she was trapped in our apartment today with a displeasing illness, Bob brought her back a white Teddy look-a-like made from flowers. These are brilliant-- cost $2.10 USD in Mexico, but I bet you could sell these puppies for $30+ in the US. :)

Pam has a little white kick-dog named Teddy back in Florida, and since she was trapped in our apartment today with a displeasing illness, Bob brought her back a white Teddy look-a-like made from flowers. These are brilliant-- cost $2.10 USD in Mexico, but I bet you could sell these puppies for $30+ in the US. :)

 And finally for those of you who hate flowers altogether, still do not fear: like I said, you can always just eat. :)

For those of you familiar with the fruit-like vegetable jicama, this was a stand that sold "paddles" of jicama (note round, white thing on a stick in the back), which were then dampened & dipped in various colored/flavored sugars. A fan favorite with the kids.

For those of you familiar with the fruit-like vegetable jicama, this was a stand that sold "paddles" of jicama (note round, white thing on a stick in the back), which were then dampened & dipped in various colored/flavored sugars. A fan favorite with the kids.

And finally I think we found the best stand for a late lunch-- "Carnitas Paty". The carnitas tacos (braised/carmelized pork) were fantastic. Though we were a bit more skeptical when the client after us ordered what appeared to be several pig penises chopped into taco filling. Concerning.

And finally I think we found the best stand for a late lunch-- "Carnitas Paty". The carnitas tacos (braised/carmelized pork) were fantastic. Though we were a bit more skeptical when the client after us ordered what appeared to be several pig penises chopped into taco filling. Concerning.

John & Bob, mid-pork festival. A productive market trip on all fronts!!

John & Bob, mid-pork festival. A productive market trip on all fronts!!

HOW TO GET TO MERCADO DE JAMAICA IN MEXICO CITY: It is conveniently located right on top of the Metro stop of the same name (Jamaica) on the brown line (#9), whose endpoints are Tacubaya & Pantitlan. By taxi, it is just north of the Viaducto east-west highway and about ~2 miles southeast of the Zocalo.

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19 Comments on “Mercado de Jamaica– the flower market of Mexico City”

  1. #1 American Mommy in Mexico
    on Feb 7th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Very entertaining! I really want to go there alas Mexico City is not on our list of places to vsisit this year!

  2. #2 tania
    on Mar 24th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    yup thats my mexico! im from over there i try to go every 2 yrs lately i have been going every year.. lucky:) and this mercado is my favorite i love flowers!! and there is so many there…thanks for the pics they are beautiful…and i want some takos now!

  3. #3 Design Swan » Blog Archive » Lovely Flower Dog
    on Apr 28th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    [...] With dog with rose in his mouth. image credit [...]

  4. #4 yara
    on Jun 18th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    i was just serching this place for fun and I found this…. OMG I used to live pretty close to the mercado! I can tell that those Carnitas are the best, i go over there every year and I can miss to go and eat there… Thanks Pedro (the owner) for those delicious carnitas!

  5. #5 sofia
    on Aug 23rd, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I love super love the puppy flowers, your so lucky to visit Mexico.I cant wait to go.

  6. #6 mexico florist
    on Sep 29th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    We really enjoyed your website and information. We are always looking for quality fresh flowers for our website http://www.Mexicoflorista.com. Thank you again for your beautiful site.

  7. #7 Best kid-friendly Halloween decor – Midwesterner in Mexico
    on Oct 31st, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    [...] wanted to quickly share this gem of a Halloween decoration that we came across on Wednesday down at Mercado Jamaica (which reaffirmed its place in my mind as “the best market in Mexico City”). This [...]

  8. #8 Dia de los Muertos celebrations around DF – Midwesterner in Mexico
    on Nov 2nd, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    [...] Patzcuaro in Michoacan and Mixquic just southeast of DF). However, we did manage visits to Mercado Jamaica, Coyoacan (incl. the Frida Kahlo Museum & Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares- thanks to Ruth [...]

  9. #9 Mexico Shopping Spree – Midwesterner in Mexico
    on Nov 30th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    [...] Jamaica: I’ve posted about Jamaica before, but just to reiterate– easiest way to get there is take the Metro to [...]

  10. #10 image credit - StartTags.com
    on Jan 28th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    [...] Kick … Credit: Vince Flores/Celebrity Photo. Updated: Thursday Jan 04, 2007 | 06:00 AM EST …Mercado de Jamaica the flower market of Mexico City …image credit [...] #4 yara. on Jun 18th, 2009 at 4:01 am. i was just serching this place for fun and [...]

  11. #11 LISA SOLORZANO
    on Feb 5th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    This is one of the best places in Mexico City. I love all the flowers there and being that I’m a florist myself I have an eye for all those beautiful creations done by my ancestors. I can’t wait to go visit again.It’s like the Disneyland of flowers.

  12. #12 Karla
    on Jul 21st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I love this mercado, I live in Dallas TX but I’m from Mexico City, what I love the most are the tacos of cecina, u got to try those, with some consome or flautas, OMG!!! MY MOUTH IS WATERY NOW!!!

  13. #13 Julie
    on Jul 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    jaja Thanks for the note Karla; yeah, I am obsessed w/Jamaica– love the combo of amazing flowers + fruit/veg + elote stands + carnitas stands, etc. etc. Jamaica is also great around any holidays– they have loads of specialty stands during Dia de los Muertos and Christmas. Good luck finding something similar in DFW!! ;)

  14. #14 amaro
    on Dec 15th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    El mercado de flores de jamaica , es rico en variedad , lastima que como grupo, y parte de unaasociacion civil . sirva . para el sostenimiento politico de unn partido , y dentro de este los comerciantes denuncien anomalias y malos manejos , de la mesa directiva , para lo cual yo personalmente no tengo pruebas , pero si se que ,todos debemos manejarnos por la legalidad , y no saltar esta legaliadad comprando autoridades , ni haciendoles favores con el dinero de otros , para conseguir un seudo fuero que protega al corrupto de la ley

  15. #15 Carnitas: bring that porky magic to your own kitchen – Midwesterner in Mexico
    on Jan 24th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    [...] along to you, in the event you’ve not had the chance to try them anywhere like fan-favorite Carnitas Paty in Mexico City’s Mercado [...]

  16. #16 elizabeth
    on Apr 25th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    quiero saber como le hago para comrar flor en jamaica y que me la den a moyoreo que la pudieran mandar a la ciudad de monterrey , en el estado de nuevo leon, pais mexico

  17. #17 A race to the finish: our final days in Mexico City! – Midwesterner in Mexico
    on Oct 23rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    [...] “top market in Mexico City” rating for Mercado Jamaica was recently seconded by an unbiased third party.   Besides flowers, they always have a great [...]

  18. #18 Mexico, a kaleidoscope | lanock
    on Nov 25th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    [...] The Mercado Jamaica is much smaller, with several areas for car parking interspersed, both vendors’ and customers’. Pickup trucks come in loaded w/ flowers to wholesale to the many florists and flower arrangers. I can’t imagine the desperate feeling of coming to town and sitting around a truck all day, hoping someone will buy your wares. Almost every florist has something unique, does something a little differently, so they have something to show off. See http://www.midwesternerinmexico.com/2009/01/19/mercado-de-jamaica-the-flower-market-of-mexico-city/ [...]

  19. #19 jackie
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    me van a ser mis 15 este ano y qiero una mariposa echa de flores

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