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La Ciudadela

Calle Baldera 6 and Enrico Martinez, Mexico City, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #3 of 43 Shopping in Mexico City
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping, Arts and crafts
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 (food stalls) if you need a pick-me-up snack or beverage. « less
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Mexico City, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a traditional maze of a market with individual stalls selling everything from guitars to jewelry. I've been twice and have never left empty handed. The variety and quality are impressive, but be ready for some haggling!

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Texas, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My family and I got to visit this amazing little market on our vacation to Mexico City and all I can say is WOW! Vendors everywhere, crafts everywhere, shot glasses, some t-shirts, and there's even food! People at this market are all very hard workers and want your business so they will work with you on prices. Also if you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The market of La Ciudadela offers a good example of the artcraft of the country Since the tapestry (a), to the Talavera, silver (expensive), crafts in Pewter (mixture of tin, lead and lightweight aluminum) .There also can find Alebrijes and the famous Tree of Life. The price does not vary much from stand to stand. I guess the vendors are... More

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Interesting place to visit, also close to a wonderful artisan market. The rust-coloured building houses the National Library.

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

My Mexican host recommended this place for my souvenir shopping, and it was much cheaper than any of the other places I visited! There's a good variety of items, although they all stay in the souvenir range. One tip: look around before buying an item, as oftentimes the same item will be sold in different shops for different prices.

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Simcoe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Stopped here to pick up some souvenirs for a handfull of people, found alot of the stalls sold the same items, exact same, but there is a good variety of merchandise, cloths, jewlery, glassware, ceramics etc. Found the prices a bit high but if you have to pick up a range of gifts I'd head there.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Great place to see and purchase Mexican handcrafts. Bright colors, and all different types of items from glassware to jewelry!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

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.

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Winslow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great market, full of glass, pottery, clothes, silver, baskets...blankets, all sorts. You will need to bargain ...but you will find all sorts there. You can also stop for a beer/lunch in the square ...

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motnreal
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

we went there to get all our souvenirs and gift and it was perfect. if i would had had a bigger luggage, i would have bought a lot of stuff. the prices where great and much better than bazzar del sabado

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