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
Directions: line 2 to tasquena (blue) get out at nativatas think it was about 7 stops from zocalo
you only have to cross the road then
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
Directions: you can reach the market from leaving cuauhtemoc metro station or from Balderas its even easier.... exiting the metro you will start to see lots of market stalls, follow them down to the end to the market entrance.Related to:
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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.
Address: Balderas avenue
Directions: Close to BALDERAS METRO STATION, only a short walk towards the north.Related to:
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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
Address: Polanco District
Directions: Allen Poe street/ Presidente Masaryk around that area.
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!!
Address: Periferico Sur 4690, Pedregal de San Angel
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.
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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
Address: Hidalgo st
Directions: Metro: Jaurez
get out of Jaurez metro station, on Hidalgo, turn right, go straight until you find the market on your right hand side
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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.
Address: 215 Campos Eliseos
Directions: In Polanco there are several shops.
Website: http://www.pinedacovalin.comAdd to your Trip Planner
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.
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.
Address: PLAZA DE LA CIUDADELA 1 Y 5, COLONIA CENTRO, CP 06
Directions: Se ubica en las calles Balderas y Emilio Donde, frente a la Plaza de la Ciudadela y la Biblio. México, a unas cuadras del Reloj Chino y Televisa. Entre metro Balderas y Juárez, rodeado por avenidas importantes como Reforma, Eje Central y av. Chapultepec.
Website: http://www.laciudadela.com.mx/Add to your Trip Planner
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
Address: Tamaulipas 88, Col. Condesa
Website: http://www.astralfreaks.com/Add to your Trip Planner
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.
Address: Estocolmo 26, Zona RosaAdd to your Trip Planner