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La Ciudadela

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Address: Calle Baldera 6 and Enrico Martinez, Mexico City, Mexico
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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great place to shopperholic

this is heaven for shopaholic..many stores selling souvenir made in mexico from traditional souvenirs till modern souvenir..you must have skill for negotiating price with seller... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Swandi S

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is heaven for shopaholic..many stores selling souvenir made in mexico from traditional souvenirs till modern souvenir..you must have skill for negotiating price with seller before buying their products..because different stores, different seller, different price but same products

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Thank Swandi S
Fayetteville, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ubered here and had no problems. Nice ceramics and people were kind. We purchased ponchos and scarves as well. Loved it!!!!

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Thank Mindy D
Tampa, Florida
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I love to walk through local markets and I hate to be harassed. Both my husband and I were so pleasantly surprised at how calm and friendly all of the shopkeepers were as we browsed. We were expecting something similar to Fez, Marrakesh or Cairo for example and it could not have been farther from that. It was so low... More 

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1 Thank twinsareenough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The market has a great location and each stall has a beautiful selection of authentic artisan work from every corner of the country, and everything is hand made.

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Thank Norma S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I went to market during tour and buy some dress and ceramic. Then I post my photo with dress many friend just want it so I have to take a bus from Santa fe there to buy more. I found one amazing shop that give me very good price. Some shop deny for bargain.

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1 Thank LamerDeJoy
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is a great market for souvenir-shopping. The shopkeepers don't hassle you and the prices are very reasonable. We bought Mexican shirts, ponchos, magnets, painted skull figures, mariachi figurines, and more! We liked it so much, that we stopped by twice. If you come on a Saturday, as an added bonus you can watch the older couples dancing to Cuban... More 

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1 Thank Katita123
Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

One of best places to buy Mexican souvenirs. All sorts of handcrafts from pottery to silver and plenty of kids toys. Interesting to check out the vast array of goods, there is something for everyone here. Not the safest neighbourhood to wander but safe enough to uber to and from.

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2 Thank Dean B
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is a great place for shopping, prices seemed mostly fair, although you do encounter a jerk once or twice who will try to milk you for every peso. Just huff and walk away when this happens! I came here twice and enjoyed shopping here, although the constant "Pase, buen precios" or whatever got tiresome quickly. Easy to get disoriented... More 

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3 Thank Andrea L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Smack in the middle of historic Mexico City, if you are looking for a one stop shop this ought to be it. Do bargain and be prepared for a good two hours of Mexican arts and craft shopping.

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2050 Hawley Drive, Vista, CA 92084
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

There are plenty of markets in DF and this one is not much different. But if you are close to the area, it really is worth to go. It is nice, clean, the vendors are not pushing, everybody is very helpful, if one vendor doesn't have an article, he tells you where to go. It is a huge selection of... More 

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This beautiful park was once the playground for the wealthiest families in the colonial era, and is now the perfect place where locals and visitors can spend a sunny weekend afternoon to relax or shop for souvenirs at the market. Kids can run around or grab a bite of cotton candy while teens and adults wander around admiring the charming gardens and the sculptures that adorn it. Once the heat rises, it may be time to visit one of the many cozy restaurants or cafés with its characteristic art nouveau facades to cool down and call it a day.