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La Ciudadela

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Address: Calle Baldera 6 and Enrico Martinez, Mexico City, Mexico
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, Arts and crafts
Description: For a great selection of Mexican crafts, visit the Ciudadela, four blocks...
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.
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Everything in one place!!!

Amazing place, arts and handcrafts from all over Mexico. Love this place. Close to centro historico. I always stop by every time I'm in the city.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Amazing place, arts and handcrafts from all over Mexico. Love this place. Close to centro historico. I always stop by every time I'm in the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I've been here several times, and I always drift over to Aisle 7 for Juanita's beautiful hand-crafted jewelry. Juanita will customize her pieces for you - she will make your necklaces shorter or longer, or make bracelets from a necklaces, and she even made stud earrings instead of dangling ones when my friend asked for them. There are plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

If there's one market that you should visit as a tourist, this is it. Genuine Mexican artisan goods unlike other markets where much of the stuff is "made in China". Excellent prices, a great variety and a quaint little eatery as well. Make sure you hold on to your cab while you shop. It's very difficult to catch one outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A lot of handicrafts from all over Mexico. You can bargain, but maybe only for 25% or so. No matter, prices aren't too bad anyway. It takes a while to sift through the junk sometimes to find what you want, because similar items may be scattered throughout the huge market, and quality does vary. But if you need souvenirs from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This is a fairly large indoor market with a variety of local products. There are usually more than one stall selling the same or similar items so don't buy the first item you see, check the entire market first, then go back and bargain with the best prices you saw in mind. There is a restaurant in the middle of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a huge, covered market near the Balderas metro station. The crafts are from all parts of Mexico, with great stuff from Oaxaca and Chiapas. It can be a bit overwhelming and it is best to know what you are looking for and what you want to pay. The merchants will certainly encourage you, all offering "best prices" and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I go every time I am in Mexico city, and sometimes more than once. Items change with the seasons. So interesting to see all the handicrafts!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My husband and I went to this market just to browse. I could have spent a ton. We ended up buying a hammock and some textiles. The market is huge and has hand made items from all over mexico. It's the perfect place to buy souvenirs or just see the diversity of arts and crafts in mexico.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great place to buy souvenirs, it's a huge place, you can buy anything and they accept dollars at good exchange rate, I enjoyed it very much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

A good place to go souvenir shopping in Mexico City. Don't forget to do a little haggling if you want to find some good bargains.

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