this is a huge 304 hectares flea, food ,flower all you can imagine you need central market. Been here for over 35 years,and its huge, you can get lost here, can come in by car parking is about 12 pesos mxn, and there are aisle of store front selling everything you need
Mexican comes here from all over the country too. There are families with more than one shop, and you have travel agencies,banks, and restaurants inside too.
You can find anything and spend the day with the family here on foot is free. Its open early very early as market do;
As far as volume, it is the second generator of cash behind the stockmarket!!! and biggest in Latin America. You can read more about it here
I have it on official site how to get here on public transport as I got by car...!
What to buy: all you can think of
What to pay: best prices anywhere
This was an old factory that went bust, and one enterprising men turn it into a shopping center with stores, and restos all over in a villa like setting, like a Mexican hacienda.
The place is open Mondays to Sundays from 11H to 20H.
In the link on the left go to the outlet sayings TIENDAS and open it, you can then choose the type of store you are looking in Spanish of course.
In the link on the picture it has arrows just below it hit it and see photos of the shopping center.
it also kept the old chapel that was there for the workers of the old farm hacienda factory , call the capilla de la Divina Providencia or the divine providence. Really a super place to be with the family and unique.
What to buy: kids clothing, shoes, and eating out, and see something unique in a mall ,a chapel.
What to pay: shopping center prices but in DF
the best shopping experience in a dept store in Mexico DF, been coming here since 1998. Can compare to any in Europe.
What to buy: dept stores mostly thus is clothing and foodies
What to pay: dept store prices but the variety and quality is often better
yes check Sanborns, places all over,I am going there tomorrow lol! DF, and friends and family waiting.
The VIPS cafeterias also have a store section but dont remember if have them.
also, the Zona Rosa area daytime, has many shops for tourists; and the biggest shopping center in latin america is santa fe
What to buy: souvenirs, pharmacy, electronics, and cafeterias all in one
plus a big mall for everything
What to pay: good prices than back home
I needed an headset to use skype on the pc in the hostel and some extra memory stick for my camera. also bought some drink and food here
What to pay: was a good headset you can fold it for 100 pesos
sony 2g memorystick 540 pesos dont know if this is a mistake because i found it very cheap
Flea and Antique Markets
street vendors can be found anywhere in Mexico City,but these are more "formal" flea markets selling handcrafts, furniture and antiques.
* Bazar del Sábado in San Angel. Every Saturday, come here to see artists displaying and selling thier work.
* Mercado de Artesanias in Coyoacan
* Plaza del Angel in Zona Rosa
* Mercado de Alvaro Obregon in Colonia Roma
* Sunday art market in the Monumento a la Madre
* Mercado de Antiguedades de Cuauhtemoc, near Centro Historico
* La Lagunilla and Tepito near Centro Historico (tepito is a curious place and you may easily get lost if you come down here. You can literally find anything and everything here but if you do want to come, dress down, where no jewelry and bring little money, it is not a safe place and probably best avoided if you do not speak spanish. It is a well known area for buying fake documents and black market goods)
shopping malls are spread all over the city and usually include starbucks,zara,mango,a cinema and a hair salon.
Listed below are malls by area with address.
The best ones are Antara,Parque Lindavista,Perisur and Pabellon Polanco.
* Reforma 222, Paseo de la Reforma 222, Juárez
* Plaza Insurgentes, San Luis Potosí 214, Roma
* Plaza Galerías
* Parque Delta, Cuauhtemoc 462, Narvarte
* Metrópoli Patriotismo, Patriotismo 229, San pedro de los Pinos
* Parque Lindavista, Riobamba 289, Lindavista
* Plaza Lindavista, Montevideo 363, Lindavista
* Plaza Satélite, Circuito Centro Comercial 2251, Ciudad satélite
* Mundo E, periférico Norte 1007, Santa Mónica
* La Cúspide
* Antara Polanco; Ejército Nacional 843, Polanco
* Moliere dos22; Moliere 222, Polanco
* Pabellón Polanco; ejército Nacional 980, Polanco
* Magnocentro 26 Fun & Fashion, Magnocentro 26, Interlomas
* Parque Duraznos, Bosque de Duraznos 39, Bosques de las Lomas
* Paseo Arcos Bosques, paseo de los Tamarindos 100, Bosques de las Lomas
* Centro Santa Fe, Vasco de Quiroga 3800, Santa Fe
* Centro Coyoacan, Avenida Coyoacan 2000, Del Valle
* Plaza Universidad, Avenida Universidad 1000, Del Valle
* Galerías Insurgentes, Insurgentes Sur 1329, Del Valle
* Perisur, insurgentes Sur 4690, Jardines del Pedregal
* Galerías Coapa, Calzada del Hueso 519, Coapa
* Plaza Cuicuilco
* Plaza Loreto, Altamirano 46, San Angel
* Pabellón Altavista, Camino al Desierto de los Leones 52, San Angel
* Gran Sur, Periférico Sur 5550, Pedregal de Carrasco
this large market is one of mexico cities best places to find arts and crafts under one roof. I love this place because of the history and the friendliness of the market owners and craftsmen. You can find anything from silver jewelry, lamps, scarfs, mexican tin ornaments, day of the dead, frida kahlo and also theres some huichol indian crafts sold there too.
What to buy: Tin and sacred heart ornaments - very mexican and quite unknown
day of the dead etc
lamps and mirrors
phone cards which are collectors items - some have very beautiful designs
What to pay: not too much - less if you buy more
Plaza de La Ciudadela is more like a marketplace - rather than a shop - where you will find a lot of little locals/stands selling all kind of local crafts... Jewelry, clothes, embroidery, wool stuff, big Mexican sombreros, pottery, etc... You can find a lot of nice stuff here and the prices are very decent!! It's one of the places where you'll find better prices in town...
What to pay: Even though the prices are low, you can still bargain some with the vendors, especially if you buy several items. Of course it also depends on what you're gonna buy: it's not the same buying a pair of earrings worth $2 US dollars than a big hand-painted wooden box or a hand-embroidered dress that may cost over $50 USD.
For those of you who want to do some serious shopping you can do that at the Polanco District. I cant remember the name of the street but if you take the Turibus you go right through this neighborhood. I believe its stop 19 on the Turibus. I didnt get off here, we just window shopped from the Turibus. If figured why should I get off? I would just tempt myself with looking at things I cannot afford. :)
Actually I didnt get off here because I was pressed for time. But I suggest if you have the time to come by the Polanco District and grab a bite to eat, window shop or purchase something if you dare.
I heard that this is a nice residential neighborhood too and pretty exclusive.
What to buy: Whatever you can afford...........
What to pay: High dollar
In Mexico City you will find glamorous and sophisticated shopping malls and boutiques. A fine place to go shopping is 'Santa Fe' mall if you want to see the whole picture. You will find an enormous mall, the two biggest department stores of the country (Liverpool and El Palacio de Hierro) and multiple small boutiques, art galleries, etc.
But if you like high design shopping, you can take a look at the small boutiques located at Mazaryk Avenue (in Polanco Neighbourhood).
Perisur (or Centro Comercial Perisur) is a shopping mall located in the south of Mexico City. It was opened in 1980 and it's where I go shopping as it is near my house.
it has fast food restaurants and many stores of clothing, jewerly, toys, accessories, cinemas, IMAX screen and the well known Liverpool, El Palacio de Hierro and Sears departament stores and my personal favorite: Mixup, a cd and dvd store. It has also designer boutiques and much more.
What to buy: Whatever you want!!
For those that love art and typical Art crafts, an Alebrije could be the best idea for a nice mexican souvenir, this pieces of art are ususally not very cheap, prices range from $400-2,000 pesoso, some saller and cheaper pieces could be found but rarely.
For those that don't know what an Alebrije is, I should say that this are a famous brightly-colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical animal-like creatures, created by Pedro Linares Inspired by a dream when he fell ill at age 30, he made this sculptures of papier Mache and brightly-painted with intricate patterns and frequently featured wings, horns, tails, fierce teeth, and bulgy eyes.
But today you can find the on diferent materials (some wood carving) made by individual artists.
* The photo show an Alebrije, of monumental proportion made for a parade, but are ususally in small size.
What to buy: Many places around the city, from the airport to fine art crafts stores.
What to pay: More than $400 pesos.
this is one of the best places to do souvenir shopping; very vibrant, good-quality, and affordable.
it's reasonably big and so the prices kinda of vary from one place to another. you'd better bargain with the shopkeeper. in the beginning, i bought a carpet as i thought it was a fixed rate. later i found out something similar at a less rate. i've got quite of few good things when i bargained.
it's so much fun just to wander around this market, and get the energy of mexican spirit - enjoy.
What to buy: it's an open market for mexican carpets, clothing, keychains, antiques and all kinds of mexican souvenirs.
What to pay: least expensive
Mexican designer shop that is very trendy right now--there are shops in the Nikko, the Intercontinental, as well as the airport, and a shop in Polanco. You can get shoes, ties, shawls, purses, etc. in traditional mexican prints, with a modern twist. Purses start at $150 US and up.