The Best Markets in Mexico City, Mexico

Find artisanal goods at La Ciudadela in Mexico City
Find artisanal goods at La Ciudadela in Mexico City | © Eman Kazemi / Alamy Stock Photo
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3 September 2021

Exploring the markets in Mexico City is one of the best ways to experience the metropolis, with the stalls, producers and sellers an essential part of the fabric of the city. But with so many on offer, you might need to narrow them down. To help you out, here are the best markets in the capital of Mexico.

If you love Mexican food and shopping, let our local insider guide you through the mercado to nose out the best deals on Culture Trip’s five-day Mexico City tour.

El Bazar Sabado

Bazaar, Market
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This market is popular with both tourists and locals and showcases some of the best handcrafted products in Mexico. However, El Bazar Sabado tends to lean towards the more premium price side of things, so bring enough pesos. Many artisans do accept cards, but don’t be afraid to haggle for the best price.

Mercado del Carmen

Market, Mexican, Contemporary, Vegetarian
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Iglesia de San Juan Bautista and market, San Juan Chamula, near San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.
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This market is different from many other Mexican markets in that it doesn’t actually feel much like a market at all. This upscale, classy marketplace is an area to pick up the best beers, macarons, cupcakes and barbecue items in a hip setting. Mercado del Carmen doesn’t feel traditional but rather more modern and urban.

La Lagunilla

Market
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La Lagunilla is one of the largest markets in the city and comprises three big sections. There is one for clothing, one for furniture and homeware, and one for food. Street vendors and other stalls surround the fixed market every day, but on Sundays, the scope extends, as do the crowds. Try to go on a quieter day if possible.

Mercado de San Juan

Market, Mexican
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San Juan Market (Mercado de San Juan) near the Historic District in Mexico City specializes in exotic and gourmet ingredients and caters mainly to res
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There are no crafts at this Mexican food market. However, the levels of skill shown in some of the food stalls might make you doubt this. This market has a reputation for the exotic and gourmet, with plenty of imported cheeses, pâtés and meats. This is the place to be in Mexico if you’re looking for fresh fruit, fish or cuts of meat.
These recommendations were updated on September 3, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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