The Best Tianguis In Mexico City

Tianguis | © Giulian Frisoni/Flickr

Northern England Writer

Tianguis, often translated to farmer’s market or flea market, is a type of open-air, roaming market popular across the country; in Mexico City alone there are over 1000 registered tianguis. With their roots in pre-Hispanic culture, the majority sell fresh produce, others sell clothes, but pretty much all of them will have a selection of food stalls at which to grab a quick snack. While you can find tianguis pretty much everywhere, we’ve narrowed down seven of the city’s best.

Fashion Tianguis

A semi-permanent tianguis is the Parque México fashion tianguis which bring together around 50 vendors each weekend to sell a range of clothes. While many tianguis are notorious for selling cheap knock-off clothing and accessories, this fashion tianguis does have a pretty reliable selection of genuine designer labels on sale and even, in some cases, offers clothing that can’t be found elsewhere.

Fashion Tianguis, Avenida México s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Colonia Hipódromo, Ciudad de México, México

Pants on sale at a tianguis

1. Bazaar Sábado (San Ángel Tianguis)

Bazaar, Market

Known by two different names, for travellers this will most commonly be referred to as the Bazaar Sábado markets, although this tianguis also goes under the name of the San Ángel tianguis for the Mexico City neighbourhood in which it can be found. Predominantly an indigenous fine art market – the oldest in the city, in fact – you can also find clothes and other goods on sale here too, such as antiques and snacks.

2. La Lagunilla

Building, Market

If you only enjoy bargain hunting on Sundays, you must stop by La Lagunilla tianguis,which takes place on a weekly basis. Perhaps one of the most easily accessible of all the tianguison our list – which often take place in tiny neighbourhoods, unfrequented by travellers – La Lagunilla is situated just 10 blocks from the city’s main plaza. While it has a permanent central edifice, the adjoining street tianguisare best known for used goods and even high quality antiques.

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