The Sunday Antiques Market at La Lagunilla is arguably the most famous thing about the neighborhood. Most international visitors will want to arrive to the Boxeador Monument Park on Paseo de la Reforma.
The market covers the sidewalks and streets surrounding the giant Tianguis de Comonfort antiques building. This is the headquarters for some of the bigger vendors. Smaller vendors will spread out over many blocks before merging with another enormous street tianguis. This adjoining tianguis is dedicated more to younger peoples’ fashion and sneakers. It will seem endless.
- In fact, La Lagunilla used to be a small body of water. This was left open throughout the ancient period to allow for canoe deliveries to the giant street market then in Tlatelolco, now on the other side of Reforma. As the colonial period got underway, the lagoon was filled in.
Already by 1590, a well-regarded embroiderer named Amaya had set up shop at the corner of today’s República de Chile and Mariana Rodríguez del Toro de Lazarín streets. That tradition of dress-making in the neighborhood has carried on to the present day. That’s been supplemented by furniture, antiques, collectibles, and just about everything else.
Thus, La Lagunilla has even more of a tradition of public markets and street sales than much of the rest of the city. In the area immediately around the Sunday Antiques Market, you’ll also find acres of furniture, clothing, and miscellany. And if the streets are crowded with vendor, most people will say “so much the better.”
If you’re hungry, don’t forget that all of La Lagunilla put the restaurants section of their many markets into the Mercado San Camilito. It’s the only 24-hour market in the city.
Sundays: 9 a.m. to roughly 3 p.m.