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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  • We were told that we will keep everything, and that we do not confiramos in the people of the place. From our experience of the local people attended us well. In addition to finding what you are looking for. There is everything. The location if this rather neglected and ugly.
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  • Somewhere different, and with many odors, merges the idiosyncrasies of the Catholicism and different religions. It is a place where you will find, sweets, toys and herbs.
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  • Not much different than any other market unless you are into Halloween supplies. I would not waste my time. We found a few items to purchase but they are just trinkets that could have been found in ot...  more »

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