Ever gotten lost and found exactly what you were looking for? This happened to me on Friday, I was walking around and couldn't find the market I was searching for, but I happened to stumble across 2 great markets in Colonia Del Valle.
The first market I found is Mercado Tlacoquemecatl. This market is nearly 50 years old and was built to mimic the famous Market of San Miguel, one of Madrid's oldest and most beautiful markets, famous for its' architecture.
This market covers all the basics: fresh fruits, vegetables, juices, meat, fish, handmade tortillas, hardware, flowers, kitchenware. It's wonderful because you can buy mostly in bulk. I needed some nails to hang a painting and I was able to buy four single nails as opposed to a whole package.
They also have a large cafeteria where you can get food from different regions of Mexico, and it's all really affordable.
Open daily from 8AM-6PM - I've been on the weekend and most of the stalls were closed so I recommend going during the week.
Address: Miguel Laurent 75, Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, Benito Juarez, 03200 Mexico City, DF
The second market is a tianguis - these are traditional flea markets that pop up in different neighbourhoods throughout the week. Tianguis are deep rooted in Mexican cuture, the concept of buying and selling dates back to the pre-Hispanic period. (If you want to learn more click here)
This one is in Colonia del Valle every Friday. These are my favourite types of markets because you can get the freshest produce and pretty much anything that you want. Clothes, DVD's, jewellery, candies, delicious tacos, sauces, soaps...you name it, they've probably got it.
It's nice because they are set up outside, this one has a beautiful park (Jardin del Arte) that you can walk through after you experience the market.
Here's a map of where the market's located:
Tip: Bring small bills - 100 pesos or less. They usually don't have change for bigger bills.