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Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela
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$59.00*
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Mexico City Food and Local Markets Walking Tour
Ranked #35 of 538 things to do in Mexico City
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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 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.
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.

Thank Mina H
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I have been visiting this craft market since 1992. It has not changed too much in that time. The restaurant is ok although I think it was better in the past. Bathrooms are now cleaner and you have to have change (4 or 5 pesos) in order to get in.

At this craft market you find a good selection of crafts from different parts of the country. Some include wood boxes from Olinala (very aromatic wood), Amate paper paintings (paper made from bark of native tree), jewelry shops selling silver jewelry, pottery from different regions, embroidered clothes, bead necklaces and earrings as well as crafts from the huichol indias (high quality bead figurines) among many other types of crafts. The price is always negotiable and I usually ask what is the maximum discount they will offer. Many shops sell similar items so it does not hurt to take one first look and ask prices and then go back for a second look. On the other hand I have discovered after many years of craft shopping in many countries, that when you see something you really like , it is best to buy it right away. Sometimes you just don't find the same item at a cheaper price. Some shops especially the jewelry shops take credit cards, but you often get a cheaper price if you pay cash. You also get a better price sometimes if you are buying 2 of the same type of item.

If you ask where a safe taxi is people can point you to the place. We took this taxi service and it turned out to be a private car. The driver spoke some English and it seemed safer than just trying to get a taxi circulating around.
Bring pesos and wear comfortable shoes. If you want to do some serious shopping and it is your first time in this place, plan on spending half a day there especially if you take a lunch break. It helps to speak some Spanish at least the basic how much is this? Etc.

1  Thank Sarracenia
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

It has everything you might be looking for from Mexico´s crafts in a single place at the best price. Only walk tru it takes about 2 hours, if you also want to do some shopping you might need a whole day or even come back if you want to fight the price and choose among the enourmous vairety of items offerd. You can eat tippical food in the center square but they only take cash so be sure to carry plenty of it because you´ll most probably spend big.
Personal recommendation of what to buy:
Pewter table ware (a three piece bowl set with salad forks is about 45usd)
ceramic archeologic reproductios (from 20usd)
Blue painted ceramic (from 20usd for a plate)
Black lace ceramic vases (from 15usd a piece)
tree hand made paper paintings (from 15usd a piece, hand made - from 4usd the printings)
hand embroidered blankets (from 40usd to 450usd)

be ready to ask for discounts. you´ll get better prices if you are a spanish speaker and ever better ones if you manage to make them believe you are mexican

3  Thank Helena T
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

I have been coming to Mexico City since I was a little girl and this is the first time I have been to the Cuidadela. I don't know why my family has not told me to come here before since it is the best place for one stop shopping for arts and craft goods from all over Mexico. Like other people have mentioned, definitely shop around. We found extremely varying prices for the same item. For example, a small black clay Oaxacan skull was half price at one store we shopped at. The restaurant in the center of the Cuidadela is moderately priced and very good. Try the chicken tostadas. They were delicious! We will definitely come again next time we are in Mexico City.

1  Thank kidvacation
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The easiest way to buy good art & crafts from all over the country. Prices are not as cheap as you might find in situ, but you can get very good bargains. Best of all is the convenience of having a wide variety of products under one roof. The restaurant offers a "Comida Corrida" which consist of a typical meal served by mexican mothers at home. VERY CHEAP and good food. This is a full morning visit (4 to 6 hours)

1  Thank CarlosCli
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