Lagunilla is a 400-year-old Sunday antiques market where you can wander through the displays spread out on blankets on the ground looking for treasures. It’s only a few blocks but it will take you half a day to find your hidden gem!
The few blocks are filled with dealers and specialities — for instance just cow skulls, mid century modern furniture or just a tarp full of hooks (which is actually just what I needed!) Go with your measurements and an open mind as you never know what you will find. I have found furniture, old wooden film light tripods that I plan to turn into a floor lamp, hooks, baskets, trays and more. Be prepared to barter, some came down super quick and others had a firm price.
If it’s a large piece of furniture you can give them a down payment and then the rest upon (usually free) delivery. While I felt very safe, I would take a cross body bag as opposed to a backpack. There is a Chedrahui grocery store for buying water and it also has an ATM if you run out of cash. In the back streets the antiques give way to knock off clothing, anime tshirts and taco and juice stands.
I have always taken an uber as parking looks like a nightmare and there is also the Garibaldi/Lagunilla metro station nearby. The market is only on Sundays which is actually when Reforma is closed to vehicles and open for pedestrians and bicycles. If coming from west of Reforma, get your uber to drop off before Reforma and just cross the street.
The market is on the street of Reforma starting at Ignacio Allende and running to Comonfort. As well as the side streets of Gonzalez Bocanegra and Jaime Nuno. So you can do a big triangle between these streets. I have gone in the mornings, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. It gets busier towards afternoon. Bring water as it gets hot and a large cloth bag for smaller items! If I bought something awkward to carry, I have left them with the seller, and then picked them up on my way out. It is an entertaining day out and you never know what you will find!