Known as the "Barrio Bravo," Tepito is essentially a huge outdoor market that's especially busy on Sundays, when the neighboring Lagunilla (outdoor) market is also in full swing. Actually one part of the larger colonía Morelos, the neighborhood has a reputation for crime and piracy. The usual urban precautions, understated dress, and good manners will get you far, however, and help score a bargain or two along the way.
Know that the best food here doesn't have an address and won't pop up on a Google map. Look for crispy chicharrón stands, stalls selling tacos de tripa or cabeza, whole fried fish filets sold out of a shopping cart, and buckets of pulque, a thick, fermented beverage that's hard to find outside of Mexico.
Tip: Take the subway to the Lagunilla stop, rather than Tepito, to enter at the heart of the action. Tip #2: This is a neighborhood where hiring a tour guide pays dividends.Read More