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The Best Artisan Market in Mexico City

Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela is a beautiful traditional artisan market just outside Mexico City’s Zona Historico. Kitschy souvenirs shops are everywhere in Mexico City with the usual shot glasses and cheap junk, but for those of you who want something more, something that a person put their heart into crafting, then La Cuidadela is for you. Leather goods from Leon, Talavera ceramics from Puebla and decorative metals and tiles can allbe found here. It’s like a “one stop shop” of Mexico’s handmade specialties. Skip the cheap stuff and take home something that will add color to your house and be an unique conversation piece.

Artisan Products

Leather goods, tortilla warmers, makeup bags, magnets, and small tiles are crammed into the each vendors small territory. You can find these items at many shops in Mexico City, but the quality  and prices are better here.

Leather goods, handmade tortilla warmers and decorative tiles at La Cuidadela Artisan Market

These metal star lights are gorgeous! There is a door you can open to insert a light bulb and hang from the pool deck, foyer or anywhere you want a little pizzazz. They can even ship them fo you.

Tin stars with colored marbles at La Cuidadela Artisan market

I love the decorative metal and tile work on mirrors, so I bought a few for gifts and to decorate our own house They had so many different varieties: square, rectangular, round, big, small, etc.  For me, the size came down to the space in my suitcase.

One of the tin tiled mirrors I bought at La Cuidadela Artisan Market

Ceramics were the main reason we visited this Artisan Market.  Tom and I are into food photography and needed more textures and colors for our backgrounds. We stocked up on as many Talavera plates and serving pieces as we could pack in our carry-on.

Talavera ceramics at La Cuidadela Artisan Market

Talavera plate designs we bought at La Cuidadela Artisan Market

La Ciudadela is located a few blocks south of Paseo de La Reforma, between the Metro Juarez and Metro Balderas on Calle de Balderas. This artisan market encompasses almost an entire city block on the corner of Calle de Balderas and Emilio Donde. If you want something truly Mexican, this is the place to go.

Artesanias Ciudadela Mercado sign on wall


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