In the Gustavo A. Madero City Hall of Mexico City is installed, from Monday to Sunday, the largest tianguis in Mexico and Latin America; It is the flea market of San Felipe de Jesús, where you can find practically all kinds of food and products at very attractive prices.
The concept of tianguis arose during pre-Hispanic times, and since then it has been a symbol of our identity because they are cheaper products than in stores.
The tianguis of San Felipe de Jesús, seven kilometers of offers
The San Felipe de Jesús flea market is installed along Villa de Ayala, León de Aldama and Ocotlán streets, occupying eight lanes and is a commercial corridor almost seven kilometers long.
In fact, it is so wide that you can go from the Gran Canal avenue from the east, in the limits of the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl, to the limits with Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico.
Furthermore, in ‘the Sanfe market’, as it is colloquially known, at least 30,000 vendors work, since the site receives around 500,000 visitors every Sunday, which is the busiest day.
A little history of flea markets of San Felipe de Jesus
According to the writer José Luis Ramírez, the tianguis began in 1962 and at that time it was called Emancipatory Unionbut the neighbors preferred to rename it in honor of the colony where it arose, that is, San Felipe de Jesús.
And in its beginnings there were only 17 merchants with the idea of selling tools. 60 years later, 15 merchant organizations participate in the tianguis and every Sunday some 120 tons of garbage are generated.
What can you find there?
A tour of Villa de Ayala and León de los Aldama streets will lead you to find all kinds of things: tools, household appliances, furniture and clothing, to give a few examples.
If you are looking for something more special, even collectible, you will also find it: cameras from the beginning of the 20th century, car parts, antique jewelery and even pedal-operated typewriters and sewing machines. There is practically everything and for everyone.
Finally, its gastronomic offer does not fail: barbecue tacos, appetizers, broths, cakes, seafood… The offer is immense, like the place.
Tianguis of San Felipe de Jesus
Location: Av. Dolores Hidalgo 205, San Felipe de Jesús, Mayor Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City.
Opening hours: from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., every day of the week, although Sunday is the best day to visit it since practically all the merchants open their stores.