Flagship Stores: Shop By Neighborhood
We got off the turibus in Polanco to have dinner at El Rincon Argentina. The shops were all closed on Sunday, but it was still fun to browse the windows of all the top designers' flagship stores in Mexico City. The shopping in Polanco really does rival Fifth Avenue in New York because every luxury item you can buy in NYC, you can buy in Polanco, and there's no discounted pricing either. I love all the Starbucks and other cafes that line the streets. I might was well be walking Michigan Avenue or State Street.
What to buy: There are cuter boutiques in La Condesa where you probably don't recognize the designers, but the clothing, purses and accessories look very one-of-a-kind or special to the artist colony there, so no, you won't find this stuff on Fifth Avenue or even in SoHo. I would recommend picking-up something from a local designer, instead of hauling the same Louis Vuitton bag you can buy down the street at home.
What to pay: For designer goods, you'll spend as much as you do in any metropolitan city in the world.
Mercado de Artesanias: Centro de Artesanias La Ciudadela
In the heart of the city of Mexico, "La Ciudadela" Centro Artesanal from 1966 bill with the biggest exhibition and sale of Mexican crafts.
You will be able to find in a single place, exposed in 336 locals and shops an enormous variety of crafts that you/they are sold inclusive to the retail and wholesale for export.
In this place artisans of different ethnoses are like: Nahuas, Zapotecos, Otomíes, Mazahuas, Triquis, Tzentgales, Tzotziles, Purepechas, Mayan, Mixtecos and Huicholes.
Some artisans can even be watched as they make their products. I enjoyed most the huichol art at the back side of the market.
What to buy: Brass articles with glass as cabinets, portarretratos, lamps.Motives of diverse figures, Suns inditos in mud Bracelets, necklaces, you chewed of chaquira
Artistic forge for furniture
You figure archaeological in malaquita, wood and others.
you veil, bags, toys, you chewed, chess, hats, shoes, dresses, mufflers, jorongos, cloths.
Aztec calendars, parchments of stamens of colors, colored amates with landscapes; fruits, flowers, you chewed; miniatures of mud, serapes, reed curtains, lxitle owls.
you figure and mirrors of can leaf
Tonala births Jalisco
earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, cuff links, pins, games of you, etc. of silver of Taxco.
lamps of blown glass and led
jars, glasses, glasses, of blown glass
paintings to the oil in amates
feathers, merry-go-rounds, tureens, fruits, fish, wooden carved angels
In pewter, candlesticks, portarretratos, fruit bowls, charolas, etc.
Paper mache like clowns, births, alebrijes, dolls, fruit bowls, etc.,
Mats, baskets, baskets, tenates, tortilleros, bags, policromados or in a single color.
Also in the music the presence of the craft has been given through the elaboration of musical instruments as they are the famous paracho guitars and the autochthonous instruments: rattles, maracas, keys, reed flutes and drums.
Label: Astral Freaks
This shop in Condesa area is little but great! They offer a whole lot of great stuff, over all the accessoires are great.
What to buy: I just came come with a pair of great leg warmers, such you just pull over your trousers and they look like the top of real fur boots. Come here to get urban lifestyle articles from a Mexican label.
What to pay: Anything you want to
Antiques: Antiguedades Mana
This antique shop offers a wide range of contemporary Mexican paintings as well as sculptures and various objets d'art from artists like Jose Chavez Morado, Olga Costa, Jesus Reyes Ferreira, Francisco Toledo, Felipe Castaneda, Arturo Estrada and Guillermo Ceniceros, in addition to several bullfight painters and many other originals.
North of Zocalo: Proceed with caution
Just north and east of the Zocalo, you'll find all kinds of crowded streets packed with locals buying and selling all kinds of things. Clothing, cheap toys, street food, electronics . . . you'll find it all here and you'll be hard-pressed to find too many tourists. This area isn't too safe at night, so don't stay past dark.
Alternatively, if you're staying near the Zocalo and you really want to do some shopping, head to La Merced, the city's largest market where you can buy just about everything. Just take the Metro to the La Merced stop and you're there.
Coyoacan market (weekends only): Great neighborhood, good deals
On Saturdays and Sundays in Coyoacan, there is a market that has a great festive atmosphere. It's a great market to come to just to people watch, but you can also find all kinds of crafts and clothing items. Laura and I spent an hour or so walking through the stalls and checking out all kinds of interesting items. We found beautifully painted, artistic boxes, some colorful plastic light fixtures, all sorts of ceramics, leather items and plenty more.
The market converges around Plaza Hidalgo. The closest Metro stop is Viveros (not Coyoacan).
artesania market near Plaza Morelos: Plaza Morelos
The artesania market near Plaza Morelos is one of the best places to buy gifts and local craft (artesanias). The best ones are the wooden Oaxaca sculpture.
Most, if not all, of these items are hand-made, very creative and unique.
What to buy: local craft
What to pay: low prices
Mexico city is in Mexico one of the cities where you can find the new fashion style stores. Santa Fe is the biggest mall in Latin America, you can find all disigners stores, and much more.
Fun for your kids, good restaurants, music, shoes, jewerly - all that you can need.
Santa fe and Perisur are the best malls you can find in the city.
What to buy: Clothes.
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Centro de Artesanias "La Ciudadela"
In here you can find lot of crafts. It's near "Balderas" Metro station.
The market is big enough to find what you are looking for.
What to buy: Handcrafts, Rebozos, Sombreros, Chal, pottery, silvery jewerly (if you have time and going to Taxco - there you can find it cheper), traditional toys.
What to pay: Depend what you want if you just want some suvenierse from US4 to maybe US10
If you are looking for something more like US 10 - US 30
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Santa Fe Shopping Mall: Largest Shopping Mall in Latinoamerica
Well... First of all, I work here, as a interior designer at the Liverpool store, (that is like Dillars, Corte Ingles, and that kind of stores)...
What we have here is a HUGE shopping mall, where you can find about everything (exept for food markets)...
4 floors full of trendy (and not so trendy) shops, restaurants, cinemas, recreation places and even a practice golf field....
If you have time (and money) go and visit... It?s EVERY woman shopping dream (well... I know some man that will love it too!!!)
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Centro Historico (the Historic Center): Lively district for shopping, eating, etc.
The Historic Centre has fine colonial architecture, including Art Nouveau/Art Deco historic buildings. The ground floor of these buildings house many shops, restaurants and other businesses, which makes for a very lively entertainment/business district. Many of the side streets/alleyways have been blocked off to traffic to create lively pedestrian areas, where there are many cafes and shops.
What to buy: You can find just about anything you might need here in the Historic Centre.
Mercado Lagunilla: Market
This large food market spredas over 3 large halls. People here are selling nearly everything that grows in Mexico and is eatable. Go there, if you just want some frsh fruits or want to prepaire meals or just to get an idea how many differnt chiles acctually exist.
What to buy: Ingredientes that are hard to find outside Mexico and you need for Mexican specialitys with which you want to impress your friends back at home.
- Food and Dining
Mercado De Artesanias San Juan: Handicraft market
Here you cn find all kinds of souvenirs from all over Mexico. There are more smaller shops, each one offering differnet kind of goods. You can choose between sombreros, instruments, pottery, masks, blankets, many differnt sculptures, silver products...
Place is worth to visit even if you don't need to buy anything. It's very colourful and you see something tipical from everywhere not actually being there.
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Centro Santa Fe: Big Mall!
I was told it is the largest shopping centre in Latin America (oh, well, I was told the same thing about Sambil in Caracas and they say the same about Barra Shopping in Rio. I think Santa Fé is not bigger than Barra shopping!)
Anyway, it got department stores, boutiques, restaurants, play areas for children and ten cinemas!
I was in Polanco, so I thought it was quite far and you have to take a cab, there is no metro nearby.
What to buy: You can buy anything there.
What to pay: I guess you have to be prepared.
The department stores can have higher prices, but if you look around you can find reasonable prices.
Mercado de la Ciudadela: Lots of 'Artesanias', clothes and typical things
It's a complex of about 300 stores. There are products from all over Mexico at very good prices.
What to buy: Crafts, clothes and etc.
What to pay: Well, it depends... Prices do not vary much there, but you can always bargain!
I spent 230,000 Mexican Pesos and I got some good crafts. Clothes however can be more expensive. Just a little cheaper than in La Zona Rosa (but, in La Zona Rosa they are prettier, in my opinion).
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