Mercado Sonora, Mexico City

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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  • Go across the footbridge via Metro to Plaza de la Merced market, doorways is unclear. Cross the road traffic is heavy, so not. Is the path of the round-trip because it was the end of the year or many people, manjimaru easily. Dark indigenous people from the city centre of impression. Depending on where they sell things will change. The head of the skin will love SOAP and rich oil and armadillos, birds and beasts. Candle. Tucked away full of new areas. White magic book was sold. A B-class would like to collect things, things changed. I think if Spain, who had fun. Ending soon because time has relaxed. Light multiple minority recommendations are in the crowd.
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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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  • 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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