Mexico City’s fabulous Sundays-only flea market—in a down-at-the-heels neighborhood near the Centro Histórico that looks worse than it is—is a must-do for anyone who loves the nostalgic or the campy. No fewer than six block-long aisles host dozens of stalls featuring all manner of trash and treasure, including antique furniture and light fixtures; frilly housewares that get you back in touch with your inner grandmother; books and vinyl LPs (record players, too); artworks that might be worth a fortune; toys; dolls and action figures; and fantastic vintage beer and soft-drink trays that make great, practical CDMX souvenirs.
Grab a hat, sunglasses and tote bag and head north a few meters from to the intersection of Reforma and Lazaro Cardenas where this wonderful flea market takes place every Sunday. Plan to stay a few hours for meaningful browsing. You'll be surfing mostly in endless piles of rusty, broken and three-legged junk. You might, however, run into that very special souvenir to take back home.