Plaza de la Constitución in Mexico City - photo by MaFernandaTj under CC-BY-SA-4.0
Plaza de la Constitución in Mexico City - photo by MaFernandaTj under CC-BY-SA-4.0

BEST SHOPPING IN MEXICO CITY: 17 PLACES TO VISIT

The shopping venues in Mexico City are a mix of fresh ventures and well-established labels, of modern chic and traditional organized chaos. Here are some of the destinations to experience the best shopping in Mexico City. And if you’re exploring the city alone, it would help to pick up some solo travel tips in Mexico along the way.

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Best Shopping in Mexico City – Bazaars and Markets

El Bazaar Sábado

As the name suggests, this bazaar is open on Saturdays only. It’s worth visiting this colorful enclosed market brimming with artwork, textiles, crafts, handmade jewelry and accessories. Plus, the vibrant atmosphere is punctuated with strolling performers and musicians.

Flea Market at Mercado Lagunilla

On Sundays, Mercado Lagunilla plays host to a flea market with stalls and stalls of antiques, light fixtures, frilly household items, books, vinyl music, artworks, toys, vintage beer trays and several other finds.

Flower Market at Mercado de Jamaica

This market is best known as a destination for flowers and ornamental plants. More than a thousand stands selling floral arrangements, cut flowers, ornamental plants, flower pots and other plant-related accessories find their home here.

La Ciudadela

Here is a traditional Mexican market dedicated to Mexican folk art and handicrafts. Beautifully-colored bowls, hand-painted plates and other eye-catching home goods are only some of the interesting items you can find here.

Mercado de Sonora

Famous for its two aisles of medicinal plants, magic items and objects of the occult, Mercado de Sonora is a shopping haven for fans of the supernatural.

Tianguis Cultural del Chopo

What locals refer to as “El Chopo” is a flea market that opens on Saturdays, frequented by punks, goths, metal-heads, stoners and other subcultures in Mexico City. Vinyl collectors would love a trip here. And there are also clothing, footwear, comic books, erotic films and artisan handicrafts to explore.

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Best Shopping in Mexico City – Boutiques and Specialty Shops

Cafebrería el Péndulo

This bookstore chain in Mexico City integrates café and restaurant conveniences in its floor plans. You can find new titles, reprints, music CDs and vinyl music in its shops. There’s a Cafebrería el Péndulo in three neighborhoods in Mexico City: Polanco, Condesa and Roma. And while you’re at it, you can check a Roma neighborhood guide to up your adventure.

Carla Fernández

The renowned Carla Fernández has several boutiques in Mexico City that showcase her signature geometric inspiration and use of rich textile. Some of her boutiques are at The Shops at Downtown, at Colonia Roma, and on Marsella.

El Hijo del Santo

A gift shop owned by the iconic lucha libre star, El Hijo del Santo, it sells practically anything related to him.

Libreria Rosario Castellanos

This large bookstore seems to have endless shelves of books, CDs and DVDs. And it’s found within the stunning Centro Cultural Bella Época in Mexico City.

Under the Volcano Books

There are several English volumes to rummage through in this cozy bookstore. Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with previously read but gently used books. You can even see books stacked high on the floor – all for you to browse and purchase.

Best Shopping in Mexico City – Galleries

FONART

For handicrafts, head to FONART in the Cuauhtémoc district of Mexico City. From metalwork to woven products to clay work and pottery, you are bound to find them at FONART.

Kurimanzutto

If it’s contemporary art that you are looking for, Kurimanzutto should be your destination. The peacefulness you can find in this gallery space allows you to better appreciate the works of local and international artists that are on display.

Best Shopping in Mexico City – Malls and Department Stores

Antara Fashion Hall

Opened in 2006, the three-level Antara Fashion Hall is home to more than a hundred stores, a Cinemex movie theater and some gourmet restaurants. It is also a venue for fashion shows, expos and concerts.

El Palacio de Hierro

The upscale department store chain El Palacio de Hierro still maintains its original store in the heart of Mexico City while also welcoming shoppers in its flagship store in Polanco. Its product lines include clothing, household items, jewelry, furniture, toys, travel services and electronics. It also retails high-end labels and accommodates several in-store boutiques.

Liverpool Polanco

Liverpool Polanco is a midrange department store with various selections of household items, clothing, beauty products, footwear, electronics and more.

Reforma 222

“Modern and stylish” would be a good way to describe Reforma 222. This contemporary mall is located within the mixed-use building of the same name that towers over Paseo de la Reforma. Reforma 222 accommodates stores, a fitness center, restaurants and a movie theater in 4 floors.