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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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  • A very large market, divided by separate lanes for types of products, largely products of China, something, a part of sale of animals and other medicinal plants. I went on a Thursday morning and was not full. Is a few blocks from the Metro Merced.
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  • Buy one copals for shipment to Cancun, the first time worked very well but the second after payment I never get anything and gave us months and months of long, we went to Mexico to find the person responsible for shipments of the official page and nobody knows it.
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  • Great place to meet at the root the Mexican culture, including huge with several food stalls, but prepare the stomach because the foods are completely typical and very spicy, for those who want to know the real Mexican side a great option to spend an afternoon.
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