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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  • October 3, 2017
    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 »
  • September 19, 2017
    The Sonora market is located in a not very pleasant but I like markets and places tend to go the inhabitants of the city and is not only a tourist spot as it is in this place I like. It is a huge market with crafts, herbs and toys at a price more limited of which can be found in many parts of the city. The only negative is the sale of animals that generated me very sad state of many animals and small spaces that are for them.
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  • September 6, 2017
    We went in search of herbs to make tea and found a wide variety, lavender, strawberry, lemon, etc. It is advisable to dress the most simple possible to avoid carrying jewelry watches, etc to avoid temptations to attackers
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