The streets round here are chocked-full of good quality traditional handcrafts. But, beware! Do not pay their price!

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The Ciudadela craft market

The art of bargaining.

If you like traditional handcrafts and you are prepared to bargain, this is your shopping destination in Mexico City. In its more than 350 small stalls you will find folk art from every part of the country. The quality is generally very good but, since it is essentially a tourist-oriented market, the prices tend to be a bit high, so do not hesitate to bargain. Wandering through these alleys you will find blown glass figures, masks, fabrics, clay figurines, hand made corn husk dolls, leather bags, typical Mexican toys, stone necklaces and bracelets... The market, which opened for the Olympic Games in 1968, was conceived as place where artisans from all corners of Mexico could showcase their work to the world. It was so successful that it was kept for the 1970 Football World Cup and, after that, it became a permanent feature. Recently, the Government had considered selling the land on which it is located, but for the time being, the market is still up and running. Some of its artisans have started a petition to request that it is considered Mexican Cultural Heritage.

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