Bazaar El Sabado at San Angel
I had heard a lot about this bazar/market but had never taken the time to visit it, since it's very far away from where I live. I knew it had become popular among tourists and I thought it was mainly due to the fact that it's located in one of the nicest areas in town (there are some interesting museums not too far away from here; there are nice buildings, cobblestone streets, nice parks, etc.). So when one of my VT friends came to Mexico City and told me it was a nice place I volunteered to go with her as she needed to buy something there. I thought it was a nice chance to get to know it personally.
Now that I do, I can speak about my impressions. First off, the main market is located within a building; there aren't too many locals inside, the space is rather reduced and there is a Mexican restaurant in the inner patio where you can have breakfast or lunch. Both the handcrafts you can buy here and the food at the restaurant are rather overpriced, in my opinion. I know the handcrafts might be high quality, unique, made by designers, etc... but honestly, the prices were outrageous in some cases. You can find similar stuff at much lower prices elsewhere (e.g. the Ciudadela market in downtown). And then there's a separate street market outside this building, which is independent from the Bazaar and is located on a square across the street. The prices there are still high, but less than at the Bazaar. You can find more stuff here that cannot be found inside, although the quality may be a bit lower. However, I still thought it was overpriced for Mexican standards. I know many tourists don't mind paying those prices because their dollars/euros can buy many Mexican pesos, but for us this place is rather expensive and I wouldn't recommend you to buy handcrafts here because there are other places where you can buy them for less $$$. I also noticed that the locals who hang out in these markets & nearby restaurants are people who are very well-off. So it's a popular spot for posh people to spend their Saturday. I personally wouldn't go back, as it's not the kind of people I like to be around.
Unique Suggestions: If you still want to go and buy something, you might as well try to bargain a little with the sellers... some of them may lower the prices for you, at least a tiny bit. It's a market after all! (I personally hate bargaining so that's why I didn't enjoy my visit that much)
Fun Alternatives: See my tip about la Ciudadela handcraft market if you absolutely need to get some nice handcrafts without breaking the bank!
- Luxury Travel
- Arts and Culture
Re: Tour to Teotihuacan
There is a post in here about the tourist trap bus that takes you to Teotihuacan and asks if there's an alternative. The answer is YES! We avoided the tourist bus for exactly the reasons stated but instead rode the metro to Autobuses del Norte, a gleaming, modern bus station and bought two tickets to Piramides for about 35 pesos each (NOT $30 US dollars!) The bus took us straight to the Teotihuacan site. Along the way a couple of guys got on and sang some great traditional songs. There were no annoying tourist stops at bad restaurants or gift shops. Coming back was just as easy: Hop on the bus outside the site and head back to town. We got out at Indios Verdes instead of Autobuses just to check it out. It was a lively and interesting outdoor bus station/market but much more confusing than Autobuses. I recommend leaving from Autobuses and returning to Indios Verdes, which puts you right on a convenient metro line.
Fun Alternatives: Public bus from the Autobuses del Norte terminal instead of the tourist bus
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
LUIS BARRAGAN MORFIN architect Mexico city
THIS IS NOT A TRAP... this is amazing architect work and live.. LUIS BARRAGAN
general francisco ramirez 12 col appliacion daniel garza 11840 mexico df 55154908
convento de las capuchinas sacramentarias miguel hidalgo 43 tlalpan 55732395
IGLESIA CORPUS CHRISTI arboledas edo mex
BEBEDEROS arboledas edo mex
MUSEO MAQUETAS arboledas edo de mex
TORRES DE SATELITE naucalpan edo de mex
jardines casa ortega 52724945
casa prieto lopez av fuentes 180 col el pedregal san angel
casa gilardi general antonio leon 82 san miguel chapultepec
Casa de los Amigos Ignacio Mariscal 132 Colonia Tabacalera, México D.F
casa en sullivan....
Unique Suggestions: informes@ casaluisbarragan.org
ERNESTO che GUEVARA in mexico city
ERNESTO che GUEVARA DE LA SERNA lived in mexico city and met Fidel Castro in the area of downtown of Mexico DF.
The book & biography EL CHE of Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Pachuca 108 Condesa
Rio Rhin 43 con su novia
Emparan 49 - C con Fidel
Reg Civil de Tepoztlan ( boda )
Napoles 40- 16 depa pareja
revillagigedo 47 armas tienda y refugio
chalco rancho Santa Rosa
you may think that the airport would be the worst place for exchange rates but its actually better than the exchange centres you will find in the city (theres alot on reforma around zona rosa)
When i came back in mexico i spent a whole morning looking for ANYONE that would change my guatemalan quetzales with no luck and only got bad rates for british pounds so stick to the airport if you do need to exchange anything.
FRIDA, ICE CREAM AND A JOLLY LONG WALK !
coyoacan is a pretty little place in mexico city, known to most as being the home of the frida kahlo house and the famous coyocan weekend markets. You can get there by metro but the walk from the station to the "main square" is long and you will most likely get lost if you are not sure of your way... so getting a cab there is the safest bet.
Weekdays, the main square in mostly empty but has great ice cream, cafes and elotes. Weekends are crowded with the market selling jewelry and crafts.
Unique Suggestions: eat ice cream and see frida kahlos home.
Shopping in downtown
There are all kinds of shops spread in a very wide area in downtown Mexico City. You can find almost whatever you can think of: clothes, shoes, books, jewelry, computer and electronic stuff, CDs/DVDs, videogames, etc. However, be careful about what you buy and where: not all shops offer good quality stuff and you have to pay attention both to the genuineness and the price of the things you plan to acquire because many people will try to rip you off (I know it's sad, but it's true). Something is for sure: whatever you buy from the street vendors is NOT genuine stuff and it won't have any guarantee, so you must be aware that it might get broken soon, not work properly, etc.
Unique Suggestions: Bargaining with the street vendors might be attractive because you'll spend less money this way, but I highly recommend that you buy things - especially expensive, hi-tech or valuable stuff - in properly established businesses (and not even these are always honest but they certainly are a bit more reliable).
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Souvenir Items in Artesanias El Quetzal
Do not buy your souvenirs in Artesanias El Quetzal on your way to Teotihuacan. The prices there are 4 times compared to those sold while walking at the pyramids in Teotihuacan... plus it's the same quality especially the souvenirs made out of Obsidian stones!
- Hiking and Walking
Plaza Garibaldi - Hidden service fees
Some restaurants have hidden fees. If you do not ask, you will get robbed. You will be approached by people in the plaza with fliers of great entertainment in the restaurant. Free of charge and with no cover charge. This is where the scam begins
Your bill will come with extra music and entertainment fees, high tax fees and high service fees. All of these are called CUBIERTO or CTO for short. The restaurant "disclaims" this in a small fine print in the back of the menu that simply states " a service fee will be added".
Be very careful. Even mexicans fall in this scam
Unique Suggestions: Always ask for "Cubierto" or hidden service fees
Ahhh, the tourist bus
Actually, this isn't a bad idea if you only have a day or two in Mexico City. For 100 pesos (115 on the weekends), this bus will take you all over the historic core, down Reforma, Polanco, Chapultepec Park and more and you won't have to figure out the Metro or worry about your safety in a taxi. You'll have a great view from the top of these double decker buses and the tour lasts a not too long, but a "I got my money's worth" two hours and 45 minutes.
Parque de Alameda
This park on the westside of Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of the city's "lungs". Lots of benches, and statues invite visitors to walk around a little. This is what officials say...
Unique Suggestions: My friends told me to keep away from there, though, because it's dangerous due to drug dealing, prostitution ... .
Tour of the Shrine of Guadalupe
Grayline tour of the Shrine of Guadalupe was a sham.
The guide first took us down to a gift shop and gave us 20 minutes of walking around. When it came time to visit the Shrine, we were informed that we could only visit the newest church. I wanted to visit the oldest one.
We walked in, saw the frame picture of the Lady of Guadalupe and left. While walking from the gift shop to the church, the hawers were out in full force. In your face and wouldn't take "No, gracias" at all. They waited for you to leave the church and were at you until the door literally closed in their face.
Unique Suggestions: Although, I have taken many Grayline tours while in Mexico City, this one was the only one that was a waste of time. Poor planning on the guides part. More interested in his cut. The general atmosphere of the shrine will not give you a religous experience.
Fun Alternatives: If you really want to experience Guadalupe the way it was meant to be, take a taxi. Do it on your own.
I don't know what you can do with the hawkers of junk. I finally told them, I had no cash, just one credit card. Hope this helps someone.
- Religious Travel
Airport Money Exchange
From what I've seen, the best exchange rates you'll find are at the Benito Juarez airport. So, I'd recomend that you change most of your money there.
And don't make a mistake, like we did, when we thought that rates at the airport are for surely worse than in the city
- Budget Travel
La Ciudadela is the place for handcraft and stuff
There are several markets in Mexico City where you can find magnificent pieces.
If you are staying in La Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) you'll feel tempted by the Market at Londres Street, which they call Mercado de Londres (London Market), but prices are much higher there.
There are other markets and stores downtown, but I suggest you compare prices, if you got time.
Unique Suggestions: Always try to look at the price tag first, because if you ask and they notice you're turist, they will tell you a different price and they might increase it in your face (even if the price tags say something else)!
Fun Alternatives: What I noticed is that La Ciudadela (at Balderas and Ayuntamiento), a well known place, has got the same things as anywhere else in town and at a better price.
Mexico City Airport Taxi
You buy a ticket for a taxi from the aiport and you pay for an executive car or van, when you only really need a sedan. Unless you ask for a sedan they will sell you the more expensive and porbably unneeded vehicle.
Here is a link showing the rates from the airport.
I paid 240 pesos when a simple sedan at 160 pesos was all I needed.
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