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EXPLORING MEXICO CITY

Mexico City Markets
by Ron Mader

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El que busca encuentra. (One finds what one looks for.)
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There are a number of fantastic markets in Mexico City.

BAZAR SABADO

Bazar Sabado (Saturday Market) takes place in the Plaza San Jacinto in the San Angel neighborhood. Hundreds of vendors sell paintings and other crafts.


CIUDADELA

For a great selection of Mexican crafts, visit the Ciudadela, four blocks south of the Alameda Park on Balderas Avenue just south of Paseo de la Reforma. It's a semi-covered market that covers 16,000 square meters with more than 200 stalls. It's worth quite a chunk of time if you want the full tour. There are some great comedores if you need a pick-me-up snack or beverage. Check out the photos on Flickr

 

SONORA MARKET

This market is famous for ceramics and herbs. There's no finer place to look for Independence Day celebration decorations!

OTHER MARKETS

There are also a number of boutique stores and the chain of Fonart stores. Larger venues include the San Juan and Jamaica Markets.

MEXICANISMOS: MEROLICO

The merolico is a street vendor whose loud and often humorous oratory is used to garner sales.

MARKET TOUR

For visitors heading out to the markets, we have a recommendations to make the most of your market visit.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Before you arrive - Learn how to say 'thank you' in the local language (or languages).

Before you arrive - Print out a Flickr photo of someone you'd like to visit.

Buy something - See something you like? Make a purchase!

Bring small bills - Don't expect to get change for a small purchase if you are paying with a 200 or 500 peso note.

Bring change - Exact change is always appreciated.

Be time specific - If you are seeking produce for today or tomorrow, be specific. vendors are pleased (and at times insistent) in choosing the right produce.

Don't block the corridors - Remember that the market is a work environment. If you're in a group or traveling by yourself, keep the corridors clear for other clients.

Always ask before taking pictures - It's common courtesy, particularly for close-up shots. Better than taking a photo is printing out a photo from Flickr, find the vendor and give them the copy. Be Generous!

Pay attention - Tourists in markets are easy targets for thieves. Lessen the chances of robbery by paying attention.


AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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