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Urban markets: Mexico City’s mercados and tianguis.

Among the many pleasures of shopping in Mexico City are its local markets. Far from the luxury boutiques and shopping malls, these humble, rustic and often boisterous destinations offer much more than retail therapy; they’re also a slice of local life and a taste of history.

On any given weekend, the city is alive with tianguis, which is a Nahuatl word for open-air market. The Alameda Central in the historic city center was once the site of a large tianguis,
when the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán was in its heyday. Merchants gathered here to sell an incredible variety of goods, livestock, food, jewelry and more… a practice still common today. While many of these markets are wandering gatherings of merchants that pop up at different spots throughout the city, the ones listed below are permanent weekly fixtures. Mexico City’s mercados, or markets, are equally diverse. Unlike tianguis, they are open daily. CDMX boasts some truly impressive urban marketplaces where you can buy anything from pineapples to piñatas.

Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, these are fun experiences to enjoy in the city, they all promise one additional incentive: delicious and cheap food. Of course, if you do visit a tianguis or a mercado, bring cash and prepare to haggle!

1. La Lagunilla Market

Every Sunday, this enormous flea market that spreads out from the corner of Rayón and Allende Streets crops up to sell everything from mariachi outfits to telephones. Ignacio Allende 78, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico.

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2. Mercado de Artesanías de la Ciudadela

For kitschy souvenir shopping to clothes to musical instruments (or simply a fun day of browsing all manner of items), it’s a fun experience. Avenida Balderas 1, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mexico.

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3. Tianguis de Polanco

This small market lets you enjoy a bit of local flavor in a posh neighborhood. Parque Lincoln, Calle Aristotoles, between Emilio Castelar & Luís G. Urbina. 2 blocks south and 3 west of Metro Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico.

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4. Tianguis Cultural el Chopo

El Chopo is a unique experience. This large tianguis on Calle Aldama in the Buenavista neighborhood is only open on Saturdays and is known for its heavy punk and Goth vibe. Calle Aldama, between calles Luna y Sol, Buenavista, Mexico City, Mexico.

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5. Bazar Sábado

Located in Plaza San Jacinto in San Ángel neighborhood this bazaar is the best arts and crafts market in the city. Items here are generally well made and high-end. San Jacinto 11, San Ángel, Mexico City, Mexico.

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