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The Edible Wonders of the Mexico City Subway System

A visual tour of the staggering array of food to be found underneath the streets

The rule of thumb is that you can't go 10 paces in DF without stumbling upon a thing to eat. The city’s metro, officially known as the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, is one of the biggest subway systems in the world. In terms of food, it’s an extension of the streets: Vendors peddle snacks both salty and sweet, and stalls sell everything from health food and homeopathic remedies to chain-restaurant pizza and milkshakes. (Domino's is particularly popular.) Commuters grab breakfast and mid-day snacks while waiting for trains, and can buy freshly made tortillas from underground tortillerias to take home at the end of the day.

Also within the belly of each station you’ll find kids selling chips and crunchy snacks, and women offering cinnamon sugar-dusted churros. Follow your eyes and nose for the best options. The metro stops with the widest selection of street food include Insurgentes, Balderas, Chabacano, Tacubaya, Pantitlan, Centro Medico, and all of the stations near Bellas Artes.

We sent photographer Jake Lindeman underground to photograph the scene, but photographing in the subway system is, it turns out, illegal, and the police made him delete a lot of this photos. Here are the delicious images that survived.

On weekday mornings, you can often find a doughnut stand at the Metro Centro Médico.

It seems like nearly every stop of the DF Metro system has a natural health shop offering not only vitamins but a mysterious counter filled with packaged health cookies and other treats.

The McDonald's cone is a (cheap) ubiquitous treat. It's easy to find other grab and go options, as above right and below.

Mobile vendors carry baskets stuffed with various crunchy snacks like this one, found on the platform at Metro San Cosme. Extra lime and hot sauce are usually available in bright bottles.

While Domino's dominates the metro pizza scene, a few local stalls offer more variety, like this stand just inside Metro Allende. Locals turn to massive bottles of hot and Worcestershire sauce to up the intensity.

Once in a while, a tortilla stand will pop up offering bags of delicious, warm tortillas for snacking on the train, like this one in Metro Balderas.

A small stand in Metro Hidalgo offers alegrías, puffed amaranth bars with dried fruits and nuts.

This Metro Balderas tacos de canasta stall offers an inexpensive, quick meal in the hallway that connects two train lines.

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