Markets in Colonia Del Valle

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. 

Mercado Tlacoquemecatl

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. 

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all this only cost me 50 MXN which is about 2.70 USD

all this only cost me 50 MXN which is about 2.70 USD

Fresh Tortillas!

Fresh Tortillas!

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

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Tianguis

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) 

 a glimpse of the market

 a glimpse of the market

Chocolate anyone?

Chocolate anyone?

The fruits and vegetables are always so fresh at these markets. It's mandarin season right now and the mandarins are so sweet and fill up your entire mouth when you eat them. 

The fruits and vegetables are always so fresh at these markets. It's mandarin season right now and the mandarins are so sweet and fill up your entire mouth when you eat them. 

If you go to this market, buy this sauce! It's absolutely amazing and I'm now addicted. It's a family run business and she's at this market every Friday. I got the fig sauce, it's all natural with no preservatives and unbelievably delicious. The name is El Sazon de Don Lalo

If you go to this market, buy this sauce! It's absolutely amazing and I'm now addicted. It's a family run business and she's at this market every Friday. I got the fig sauce, it's all natural with no preservatives and unbelievably delicious. The name is El Sazon de Don Lalo

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:

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Tip: Bring small bills - 100 pesos or less. They usually don't have change for bigger bills.