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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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  • Another Mexican markets. How to enjoy informal trade, these guys. This has the mother lode of selling things of mysticism, sorcery and pre-Hispanic culture. Tumultuous, confusing. He was one of the few places where I felt less safe in the city.
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  • of Mexico, not know another place that concentrate greater variety of herbal medicinal that the market of sound, both fresh as dried
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  • You can get anythig in this market, they sell pretty cheap dogs and goat, chicken and fish, all you need for your dog at cheap prices,,,,example= I was going to buy a dog carrier (very fancy looking) ...  more »