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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
Fee: No
Activities: Arts and crafts, Shopping
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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There were so many happy and helpful vendors at this market, my head was spinning. Great bargins and so much to choice from. We were able to get most of our gifts to take home... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Temperance, Michigan

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Temperance, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

There were so many happy and helpful vendors at this market, my head was spinning. Great bargins and so much to choice from. We were able to get most of our gifts to take home in this one spot. We didn't have time to eat, so I cannot tell you about the food. I would love to go back and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Little gem in mexico city loads of ceramics handmade wooden toys glassware etc. In the middle is a little square with a cafe where u can enjoy a sol & a few nachoes & watch the world go by

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visited the market with friends, useful one spoke Spanish, tho many sore holders speak English. Good selection of a Mexican crafts, glassware pottery, hammocks, mirrors, jewellery etc? Many have fixed prices, tho still worth bartering also walk away you probably find similar item near by. In the centre of the market you can stop for a drink and Mexican snack.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A great place to find all sorts of traditional Mexican curiosities, crafts, pottery, hand embroidered blouses and dresses, souvenirs etc. Its a few blocks from the Balderas Metro station.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Love, love, love this market. I'm "local" (meaning I live in Mexico City and not a tourist) and I really enjoy coming here and taking my guests here. Great variety of souvenirs and handicrafts. I find the prices really reasonable and very competitive. It can be overwhelming so try to come with a list of what you'd like to shop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is a good place to pick up souvenirs at low prices. Variety is somewhat limited and as you would expect, quality can vary and this is not the best option for high end gifts.

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

After shopping at several markets in the city, I was delighted to find this little gem, not far from the Centro Historico. We found loads of gifts and souvenirs to bring home. The market was clean with a nice bathroom (five pesos) and a good cafe in the middle. The market is a short walk from the subway (between Balderas... More 

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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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