La Lagunilla Market

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La Lagunilla Market
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La Lagunilla market is a fantastic place for those looking for furniture, clothing, toys, records, books, and accessories from the Twentieth century. Arrive early and bring cash.
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Danielle S
Hue, Vietnam12 contributions
Tons of fun! Arrived early and felt there was a great selection of vintage trinkets. So many wonderful things to look at. Easy to negotiate prices. Bring cash -- there is so much to buy! Easy to find, take the Metrobus to Girabaldi stop, walk to the right and up about 3-5 blocks. The area outside of the market looks a little rough; just keep walking until you see tents. Everything starts off Calle Allende where it intersects with Reforma. There's plenty to explore. I was solo and felt very comfortable looking, bargaining, and buying. I got some really cool trinkets!
Written February 6, 2022
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hello_df
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La Lagunilla market is a fantastic place for those looking for furniture, clothing, toys, records, books, and accessories from the Twentieth century.

Do

Arrive early
Bring a friend that speaks Spanish if you don't
Bring cash
Look poor
Get there by metro
Bragain

Don't

Bring expensive stuff with you (camera, jewlery)
Go to a near bank machine
Eat or drink anything
Put all your money in one pocket
Look like a tourist
Look lost
Take a taxi from the street

Warning:

Since Lagunilla is surrounded by Mexico City's dodgiest neighborhoods, unless you are a punk, do not do this on your own if you do not speak Spanish.

Another thng you need to know: you can't expect a taxi driver to know what you are looking for. Lagunilla is a huge area and there are many markets kown as Lagunilla Markets there.

I strongly recommend you take the metro, but if you want to go by taxi (make sure you call a taxi company and don't take one from the street), you want to go to 'Mercado de Antiguedades'. This is very important or you will be dropped somewhere else.

Corner of Francisco González Bocanegra and Paseo de la Reforma Norte, Mexico DF

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Written January 14, 2007
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,247 contributions
Couples
I hesitate to recommend tourists going to this area because of its well-publicized reputation (on the Tepito side). Travel literature and the history of the neighbourhood states that you are taking a risk by coming here, especially if you look like a gringo.

Having said that, I had to go after I saw Tepito featured by Anthony Bourdain in “Parts Unknown.” And my wife was lured by the fact that it had a reputation for great street market shopping.

Truthfully, we enjoyed this outing....enough to go twice. The main attraction is the shopping selection. If you like the street markets in Asia (e.g., many fake clothing items; DVDs; purses; shoes; t-shirts; novelty items), then you will love this street market. It is massive, and very crowded. Under-dress, and keep close guard on your purse/bag/belongings. However, this won’t hide gringo-coloured skin.

I tried micheladas (spicy beer cocktail) a few times in Mexico City, and the ones in this street market area of Tepito and the Lagunilla were the best. Not to mention huge, at 1.2 litres.

Truthfully, I did not feel uncomfortable for some time, especially with police everywhere. But I started to feel less comfortable after the following:

> As you get closer to Tepito Metro station, I noticed all the police have riot gear, including large plexi-glass shields and helmets with face-guards.

> A local women walked up to us, and in broken English, told us to be careful due to the colour of our skin. And she told us to watch out for the police. She then asked for our permission to pray for us and our safety. We said ‘yes,’ so she bowed her head and prayed for some time, thanked us, and left.

The crowds also got overwhelming at times. The market laneways are very narrow, so sometimes you are bumping shoulders with other people.

As you walk north of the main shopping/market street (Eje 1 Norte Rayon), I think that is technically when you enter the ‘Tepito’ neighbourhood. The ‘items for sale’ in this area also becomes less ‘family-friendly.’ Pornographic materials, sex toys, and tazers, oh my!

If you want to play it safe (aside from not going at all!), stay on the main street (Eje 1 Norte Rayon). The street market on Eje 1 Norte spans from one metro station to the other – Lagunilla Metro station to Tepito Metro station, both on Metro Line B, Gray. Going north of this street is when it gets sketchier (you’ll know by the items for sale).

In terms of shopping, if you’re looking for touristy souvenir-type items, this isn’t the market for you. It’s best to go to the tourist sites for these kinds of trinkets and souvenirs.
Written January 12, 2015
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anniemz
3 contributions
Couples
It took my bf and I about an hour, 3 Google searches and asking some locals how to find this market but when we finally did it was cool. Groovy antiques and vintage furniture and stuff.

Pro tip: it's actually called "mercado antiguedades lagunilla" on Google and the address on trip advisor appears to be incorrect.
Written May 26, 2019
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bryanmantezoni
Houston, TX2,817 contributions
Friends
This market has been here for so many years and the beautiful thing of this market is that you can get anything you want all you have to do is just walk around the aisles and please exercise caution or go with somebody that is from Mexico City since it is well known to be very very dangerous, do not visit after 5 PM.
Written December 21, 2017
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karmanomad
Bangkok31 contributions
Solo
Visited the Sunday market. Enrique L from ToursbyLocals took me there. A visual feast. I shot a lot of mobile phone video. I was tempted to buy stuff but luckily had brought a small wheelie with me to CDMX partially to limit my shopping. Enrique is a knowledgeable and chilled out guide btw, he took me to Teotihuacan too. My time was limited and I was also partially working and he adapted perfectly. I recommend the market, though I was warned not to carry a large camera so left that behind and used my phone.
Written March 3, 2018
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pattayainsider
Las Vegas, NV1,039 contributions
Solo
On Calle Comonfort, it's mostly shopping for locals. If you're interested in the antiques and flea market area, it is located on Calle Gonzales Bocanegra, between Reforma and Calle Comonfort.. and some surrounding adjacent streets and alleys too. The antiques area is ONLY on Sundays. Maybe 200 sellers here, good selection, easy to negotiate prices and friendly sellers. Items range from moderate to high quality. Fun atmosphere here.

Metro Garibaldi would be the closest subway, then maybe a 15 minute walk.
Written September 5, 2017
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Alicia P
2 contributions
Couples
Was at the markets today after lunch in Plaza Garabaldi. Nothing of interest for tourists here. Low quality clothes and furniture- this is where the impoverished locals do their shopping. Crime is very serious here. I had a gold necklace snatched from my neck today, the culprit didn't try too hard to run away and pulled a knife when I followed. There really is nothing here but crowds and crap. Save yourself the stress and spend your pesos elsewhere.
Written December 31, 2015
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Sabre44
England99 contributions
Friends
This was a great experience! It is a huge market and there are so many things to see. Not just the usual stalls but a good variety of antiques, stalls where you can have your hair or nails done or body hair waxed or piercings done.

We ate at a stall serving ribs and Jamaica water. The food was excellent but the people were even better. They could not have been more friendly and solicitous.

The market is huge so wear comfortable shoes and allow enough time. I also recommend going with a good appetite as there are lots of lovely treats available.
Written August 15, 2014
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149kristens
3 contributions
Friends
I am an American traveler from Altanta, Ga. I have been dating a guy who lives in Mexico City so I have been visiting a lot. On my shorter trips I am always looking for a great market. I have found some good ones especially around the Coyoacan neighborhood where he lives. I specifically look for HAND-MADE traditional Mexican embroidery, crafts, and antiques.

This past Sunday a friend took us to La Lagunilla Market. It was exactly what I was looking for. I promptly ran out of money so I am going back this weekend as well. Sundays are the best day to go. Dont be intimidated by the crowd everyone is there to do exactly what you will be doing which is wading through rows and rows of colorful stalls selling everything from antiques to puppies. On Sundays all the local barbers come from the most expensive salons in Mexico City
to cut hair for amazing rates. My boyfriend got a haircut and it took no time and looked great.

I bought three hand stitched panels of embroidery for only about $7 a piece ! I also got an antique brass door knocker that is in the shape of a hand for a steal.

If your looking for some real Mexican market experience I cant recommend this place any higher. Go on Sunday, Grab one of the very very popular michelada beer drinks they sell by the liter with tamarind paste and chili. Don't worry about looking like an alcoholic because EVERYONE will have one and at the very least watch the people in the most lively market in town.
Written August 15, 2014
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