Mexico City Shopping
Zona Rosa/Plaza La Rosa -
The most concentrated shopping area in Mexico City, Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) is a neighborhood lined with trendy shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, leather-goods shops, antiques stores, and wonderful art galleries. Craft shops and street vendor are also earmarks of this fashionable area that's filled with hip clubs, cafes and eateries.
The Plaza La Rosa - between Amberes and Genova - is a modern shopping arcade that features over 72 prestigious shops and trendy boutiques. The popular Mercado Insurgentes, a handicraft haven, is also located here.
Palanco is a dynamic neighborhood with Mexico City’s trendiest shopping and dining. Mexico City's Polanco district is a fashionable shopping area sporting high-end shops, trendy designer boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Stroll down Presidente Masaryk, the main shopping drag, and stop in shops like Armani, Luis Vuitton, Gucci and Christian Dior. This street also houses upscale restaurants and sidewalk cafes perfect for an afternoon bite or dining out.
La Condesa -
Known for restaurants and cafés, this shopping destination is sprouting designer boutiques, jewelers, shoe shops, and hip houseware stores for the younger scene.
Saturday Bazaar -
Experience this unique, outdoor Mexican market where elaborate crafts, jewelry, cut crystal, ceramics, decorative objects and art are found. Located at Plaza San Jacinto in San Angel, the Saturday Bazaar showcases Mexico's finest handicrafts and reflects hundreds of years of traditions and architecture in Mexico City. Shopping at this market is an atmospheric experience with marimba music filling the air and the aromas of authentic Mexican foods from the surrounding cafes and restaurants. Open: Saturdays only from 10:00 to 7:00.
Centro Santa Fe -
Located in the western part of the city, Centro Santa Fe is one of the largest shopping centers in Latin America. Centro Santa Fe boasts a diverse collection of 300 upscale shops, department stores, boutiques selling name brands, as well as restaurants, play areas for children, entertainment and a 10-screen movie theater. This popular shopping center offers a unique upscale shopping experience with the top brands and the boutiques of Mexico.
On the southern edge of the city, Perisur is one of the largest and most upscale shopping centers in Mexico City. The shopping mall on Periférico Sur boasts high-end stores and designer boutiques with clothing, shoes, accessories, and home furnishings. Perisur also offers a variety of restaurants, beauty salons, banks, travel agencies, family attractions and a 20-screen cinema. The center is famous for its elaborate Christmas displays of nativity scenes, light shows and life-sized polar bears.
National Fund for the Development of Arts and Crafts -
FONART is a government initiative that preserves folk art traditions among indigenous peoples. FONART sells on the finest handicrafts and art from artisans all over the country - from colorful hand-painted crockery to innovative blown glass - jewelry, blankets, wooden masks, ceramics, textiles, papier-mâché figurines and one-of-a-kind items
Monte de Piedad -
Opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral, Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Compassion) on Avenida Cinco de Mayo is the national pawnshop and chock full of unusual items. A new floor has been added but the history of this original architecture dates back to 1775 when it opened as a charitable organization. With many small shops and department stores, it is a fantastic place to buy quality second-hand items, and the money from purchases is used for the development of schools and retirement homes.
Mercado la Ciudadela -
Located on the corner of Balderas and Dondé, this covered market features wide variety of artisans and authentic crafts from all over Mexico. This market offers great jewelry, clothing, artwork, crafts, pottery, silver, rugs, and handbags. Be willing to bargain, and you will walk away with a great deal on the perfect souvenir. Open daily 10:30-6:30.
Algeria Windsor -
This shop is renowned for many high quality Latin American artifacts and pre-Columbian jade objects. Algeria Windsor offers a large selection of paintings, Mexican colonial art, photography, prints, and furniture from Latin American history.