Mercado’s in Mexico City are a fun cultural experience. These are the best Mercado’s that offer quality folk art, textiles, culturally themed jewelry, and other simple treasures.
San Angel Bazar Sabado
Bazar Sabado is my favorite, a must for serious shoppers and art lovers. One of the few locations in all of Mexico City that offers quality and affordable art.
The Bazaar Sabado is located in Plaza San Jacinto. Bazar Sabado is open only on Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
Bazar Artesanal Mexicano
The colorful, traditional Mercado, in Coyoacán, occupies two stories of stalls on the street dividing Plaza Hidalgo and Parque Centenario, an area with cafes, ice cream shops and restaurants. Vendors large and small sell local art, textiles, food, candy, furniture, pottery and jewelry brought in from Taxco, Puebla, Oaxaca, Veracruz and other parts of Mexico. Open daily.
Carrillo Puerto 25 (across from Plaza Hidalgo), col. Villa Coyoacán,
Centro de Artesanías La Ciudadela
Another favorite destination to purchase authentic arts and crafts is La Ciudadela; this market has hundreds of stalls with goods from all over Mexico. You’ll find Talavera pottery, hand-embroidered clothing, paper Mache skulls, leather goods and much more. Most of the art is high quality; antiques are also sold here. Worth seeking out are Oaxaca alebrijes(whimsical painted animals), guitars from Paracho and Huichol beadwork. Calle Balderas s/n, Centro Histórico,
Nacional De Arte Popular (FONART)
This store represents traditional folk art, to include: papier-mâché figurines, textiles, earthenware, colorful candelabras, hand-carved wooden masks, straw goods, beads, bangles, and glass. The Fonda Nacional para el Fomento de las Artes (FONART), a government organization that helps village craftspeople operate the store. Juárez 89, Mexico City, Mexico
Mercado de la Merced
This is the city’s biggest market and among the most fascinating in the country, it’s housed in several modern buildings, and the shops line the tidy, crowded streets all the way to the Zócalo. The first building is mainly fruit and vegetables; the others sell items you will find if a department store joined forces with a discount warehouse — especially housewares, such as hand-held citrus juicers of all sizes, tinware, colorful spoons, and decorative oilcloth. The main market, east of the Zócalo on Circunvalación between General Anaya and Adolfo Gurrión, is the place to stock up on Mexican spices. The easy 13-block walk from the Zócalo zigzags past many shops. Or take the Metro; the stop is right outside the market. The market is busy, recommend hiring a guide to explain the details of the Mercado, and ensure your safety.
Museum Gift Shops
All the major museum gift shops offer unique artisan treasures. Worth a visit, my favorites; Frida Kahlo museum, Museo the Anthropolgia, Bellas Artes, each museum offers unique artistic gifts that represent the Mexican culture.
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