When visiting a new country (or your homeland even), it’s always a good idea to hit up the nearby mercados to check out the local goods. You can learn a lot about an area by seeing the types of things offered at their local market. Take for example Mexico, a massive country that boasts numerous markets which offer plenty of insight into regional differences by simply seeing the variety of goods offered. Sample local produce and cheeses, check out work by local artisans, have a talk with some of the area’s vendors, and then pick up quality souvenirs to take back home. Most markets are generally free of charge, and while some vendors might strike you as slightly pushy, don’t take it personally (this is just how some do business). Peruse the booths before making a purchase, haggle if it’s welcomed, and if you’re still not sure what to pick up while there, consult our list before your next visit to el mercado.