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The Mercado de Sonora is one of the oldest and most traditional markets. A great variety of articles to do with white magic and witchcraft are sold here. You will find items such as coloured candles, effigies of 'Santa Muerte' or 'Santa Isabel' and all kinds of spells and charms written on paper to attract money or love. There is also a wide variety of herbal medicines for sale. This fascinating market is worth exploring, even for sceptics. Parking is available.
Mercado de Mixcalco is a bustling market in the city. It mainly features clothes and footwear shops. You will find vibrant Mexican apparels, trendy clothing, leather jackets and more for women, children and men. Haggle a bit and you might get a steal. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.
Abelardo L. Rodriguez is a typical local market built in 1934. Located just northeast of Zocalo, this traditional market has all sorts of things to offer. The most remarkable feature that draws a number of tourists to this market is the wall and ceiling covered murals. These magnificent paintings have been made by the students of Diego Rivera and display social themes. Another noteworthy characteristic of this market is the in-house auditorium and day care center. Apart from all these fancy things, the market offers a lot of fresh local produce.
This lively, bustling and often rather chaotic market near the Jamaica metro station is difficult to miss. Here you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables of all sorts, but what makes it unique is the stalls selling live animals and birds. Walk around the area and you'll get a glimpse into a part of Mexico City tourists don't normally see.
The Mercado de San Juan enjoys a rich cultural legacy. Here, you will find items including clothes, footwear, fruit, vegetables, flowers and meat. You can also nosh on snacks and tortillas or buy items to prepare a traditional Mexican meal at home. There is also a huge selection of imported goods and novelties, ranging from toys, plastic items and pans to CD players and televisions. Prices vary according to the item and its provenance; imports from China may be the cheapest, but in terms of quality, they aren't necessarily the best. Parking is available.
La Lagunilla Market is one of the biggest markets in Mexico which is located at a close distance from downtown. The market is a traditional one and is divided into three sections which cater to clothing, furniture and food. The market devoted to furniture also has a separate section that sells antiques. It generally caters to the low income groups and offers things at a cheap price. This place also has a weekly market called Baratillo, which sells second hand items.
This is a unique market for those who are into keeping aquariums. Everything you need to set up a marine or freshwater aquarium, including the fish is available. Glass and acryllic aquaria of every shape and size; filters, sand, water purification gadgets, sophisticated air systems, activated carbon and an immense range of sea and fresh water fish can be found here, all for very reasonable prices. Kids will have a good time watching the fish (including several rare varieties) swimming in the enormous aquaria. They also sell small tortoises, rodents and Madagascar cockroaches. There are parking facilities in the surrounding streets.
For a genuine flavor of Mexico, a visit to Ciudadela Market is a must on every traveler's list. As soon as you enter the narrow market alleys, you are greeted by a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and a cacophony of 350 vendors selling their wares. Many of them have traveled from the furthest corners of Mexico and their very livelihood depends upon this market. They try to preserve the diminishing folk arts of Mexico by creating traditional products by hand. Shop for masks, dolls, papier-mâché figures, sombrero hats, tile mirrors and Olinalá crafts. Vases and pots clamor for attention alongside colorful mats, baskets, hammocks and even ominous skeletons. Wind chimes and local musical instruments seem to create a congruous melody amid the buzz of the lively market. If you are a good bargain-hunter, you can walk away with some of the best souvenirs at low rates.