Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela (Ciudadela Artisan Market)
The labyrinthine Ciudadela Artisan Market, often known simply as La Ciudadela, can be overwhelming for first-time visitors so visit as part of a guided tour to get your bearings. Many tours which stop at La Ciudadela typically feature visits to other Mexico City marketplaces such as Mercado Sonora and Mercado San Juan, while some even include food tastings. Plus, given that many vendors sell variations on the same products, it can be useful to get a feel for the market before returning later to make your purchases.
Things to Know Before You Go
La Ciudadela is one of the best places in Mexico City to pick up local souvenirs.
Haggling is somewhat tolerated, if not recommended, although prices are generally fair.
Many vendors will speak some English, but you should learn some basic Spanish phrases.
There’s an on-site, open-air dining area.
Narrow, crowded passageways may mean La Ciudadela may be tricky to navigate for those with wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
La Ciudadela is situated in the historic center of Mexico City next to Plaza de la Ciudadela and is easily accessible on both foot and public transit. The closest metro station is Metro Balderas (Line 1), which is just a short walk from the entrance to the market.
When to Get There
La Ciudadela is typically open daily from 10am to 7pm, except on Sundays when it closes at 6pm. Given that this is one of the more popular handicraft markets in Mexico City, stop by early in the morning or later in the day to experience it with fewer crowds.
Mexico City Markets
La Ciudadela is one of Mexico City’s better-known arts and crafts markets, but there are plenty of other places you can shop for souvenirs, lesser-spotted cuisine, and more. Stop by Mercado Coyoacán—the marketplace Frida Kahlo was said to frequent—for hippie paraphernalia and handmade wares. Meanwhile, Mercado San Juan is known for its selection of creepy crawlies, scorpions, and unusual meats.
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