La Lagunilla Market (Mercado Lagunilla)
While La Lagunilla can be explored independently, many visitors choose to arrive in the company of a local guide who can help overcome potential language barriers, advise on prices, and point out the best stalls that might otherwise be overlooked. However you choose to visit, vintage wares to look out for include drinks trays, retro clothing and accessories, and even mid-century furnishings. If suitcase space is an issue, you can always take back smaller souvenirs.
Things to Know Before You Go
La Lagunilla is the name of both the flea market and the neighborhood, as well as a fixed marketplace a few blocks south.
Take loose change and bills for purchases at the Lagunilla flea market.
Pick up a michelada (mixed beer drink) and browse as you sip.
Haggling is somewhat expected but don’t expect to snag anything valuable for much less than it’s worth.
Leave any valuables at home, as La Lagunilla can be a prime pickpocketing spot in Mexico City.
La Lagunilla may not be fully accessible to those with wheelchairs and strollers, because of uneven sidewalks and raised curbs.
How to Get There
Situated in the neighborhood of the same name, La Lagunilla Market is about ten blocks north of the Mexico City zócalo and easy to access on foot from most central parts of the city. However, you can also get there via public transportation--the Garibaldi (Line B and 8) and Lagunilla (Line B) metro stations are a short walk from the market, as is the Garibaldi Metrobus stop (Line 7).
When to Get There
La Lagunilla is only open on Sundays, so expect large crowds of locals and visitors alike browsing the stalls, strolling the streets, and shopping for vintage bargains. The market typically gets underway in the mid-morning, around 10am, lasting until the late afternoon, around 6pm. The earlier you arrive the better, but there might be some better deals to be had towards the end of the day.
Other Mexico City Markets
While La Lagunilla is certainly one of the coolest markets in Mexico City, there are other more traditional options for souvenirs and gifts. The nearby Ciudadela Market is one of them, known for its range of textiles, ceramics, and tin products. Further south, in Coyoacán, the Coyoacán Market has similar offerings, as well as more food and fresh produce. It’s also said to have been frequented by Frida Kahlo.
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