Mercado Sonora, Mexico City

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Mercado de Sonora is a city-established traditional market, located just southeast of the historic center of Mexico City in the Colonia Merced Balbuena neighborhood. It was established in the 1950s with a number of other similar institutions in order to help regulate retail commerce in the city. This market has specialized in a variety of merchandise such as pottery, party items, and live animals — and the two which make it notable, herbal medicine and items related to magic and the occult.EstablishmentMercado de Sonora was one of a number of mercados públicos or public markets established by the city government in the 1950s, along with others such as Mercado Jamaica and the La Merced market. It is part of a number of mercados públicos or public markets established by the government to better organize and regulate retail commerce. It is derived from the pre-Hispanic tianguis or street market tradition, which still continues. It was originally set up with a large parking area for cars, but over time this space dwindled as the market grew. The official opening of the market was in 1957. For the market’s 50th anniversary in 2007, there was a large party with actress Edith González as special guest. The event also included mariachis and a limpia or cleansing to rid the establishment of any negative energy.
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  • One of the worst things I saw in mexico is this market! sold animals of all kinds and I am not speaking of dogs, I'm talking about animals in danger of extinction, Tiger! goats! I do not understand how there is no awareness! and the super abuse do not give them water! Sali crying from there! Besides super dangerous! There are people who go with weapons! a horror!
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  • Attend this market shopping and not traverse it entirely without leaving surprised is as impossible. Find topics as varied as everything you need for a child fieta and take a bouquet for a clean of bad vibes, and incidentally take a chicken to mole, without missing the clay pot, and all in one place. Bring it bring it, hire a clown, we make you a clean, read le tarot, supply of medicinal herbs, or simply a molcajete of Hidalgo volcanic stone or Ameca Mecca, is truly amazing. magical and full of color.
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  • I visited this market last week. This market is just a few minutes away from the la Merced market. I have to point out that these markets are not in a touristy neighborhood. If you chose to walk to th...  more »
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  • This is a place of wonderful and amazing Mexico. The food, herbs, remedies and Mexican art is vibrant, colourful and amazingly warmth - a true representation of magical Mexico. Its people are helpful, hard working and honest. Will definitely go back. 🇲🇽 XXXOOO
  • It's a huge market where you can find clothes, food, animals, items for a party like piñatas and religious things. It's open every day and always crowded. Finding a parking lot is a challenge, but they have an underground parking area of a supermarket close by. Everything is really cheap there. You should take care of your belongings and don't spend too much time there. It's really famous for the Santa Muerte figures you can get there.
  • I am a visitor to Mexico so my experience is likely guided by that. I found the market very interesting - there is a variety of items, lots of live animals, herbs, candles. I got my palm read by a local palm reader, which was interested. If you are not visibly Mexican be prepared to pay a little extra - listen to what the locals are being charged and get a price up front for any services. Overall it was a nice experience, It's very crowded, smelly, overwhelming at times. Definitely worth visiting. I have heard rumors it can get dangerous but felt pretty safe myself. Easy to get to by uber, or metrobus. No sit down restaurants nearby so if you are hungry get a snack from the ambulantes outside!
  • Sooo much stuff and it seems endless like really sooo much. But be ready to negotiate for prices.
  • Massive market with all sorts of things. Not really touristy and thus all the more interesting. Lots of places to eat with interesting and delicious food.
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