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Mercado Sonora

Avenida Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 419, Colonia Merced Balbuena, Mexico City, 15800, Mexico
Mercado Sonora Market in Mexico City
Julie Schwietert Collazo
Type of shop
Gifts or curiosities
Value, Eclectic, Artisanal/handicrafts

Since it opened in 1957 (inaugurated by none other than the country's president), Mercado Sonora has been known as Mexico City's "witches and animals" market. It's here where a scorned lover can shop for a potion to restore his or her romantic luck, purchase a statue of Mexico's patron saint (the Virgin of Guadalupe), or ask a healer to recommend a mix of herbs to cure whatever ails them. It's also the market where shoppers can buy life-sized—and larger than life—catrinas, catrines, and calaveras. The massive papier-mache skeletons hang from the ceiling and are propped up on stands at various market stalls, some unadorned and others decked out it in their eternal finery. These figures are popular in Day of the Dead celebrations, but make for fun decorations any time of the year.

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