I did get some souvenirs there, but I can't say it was easy. Most tents sell the same things (though prices value, do your research!) but it was all very kitchy.
Ciudadela is a wonderful artesinal crafts market. Friends told me that this is where they purchase all of their Mexico City goods and presents because the quality of the goods is incredible and the prices are so reasonable. Mercado Ciudadela is very small. Aisles and aisles of vendors sell very reasonably priced goods. The market can be easily navigated in... More
Chapter 15, "Revolution," of Jonathan Kandell's masterful biography of Mexico City talks about the area. Read it so you can plan the places you can walk to after or maybe before shopping here. This is a one stop shop for souvenirs, mementos, and if you are so inclined, conversation with interesting shopkeepers who are open to bargaining. I bought hand... More
Lovely little indoor market for a selection of souvenirs and special gifts opposite a very green square. It's walking distance from subway Balderas - 10 mn walk from hotel Embassy Hilton off Reforma. Some stalls starts opening at 10 am but normal hours is at 11 am until 6 pm. I found what I wanted there and returned there again... More
During my first visit to the La Ciudadela in April I met with a couple of Artisans at 'El Color de Mexico Artesania Mexicana a shop that sells hand made items from Catrinas to Alebrijes. I had inquired about learning the art of Alebrijes and was told that they offered one on one classes. I returned in August after arranging... More
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