The Best Places to Shop in Mexico City
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
International brands and big-box stores from the U.S. have popped up all over Mexico City, but local markets remain strong. Authentic Mexican arts, crafts, foodstuffs, clothing, and jewelry are still easy to find if you know where to look—and supporting these traditions helps ensure their survival.
Colima 180, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There are some international brands available here, but clothing, shoes, and accessories imagined, designed, and made in Mexico are the main inventory in this Roma boutique, which also bills itself as a gallery and taller, or workshop. Casa...
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
More and more one-stop-shops are opening in Mexico City, taking advantage of ample mansions that have been restored and using the rooms within them for multiple purposes. One such place is Anatole 13, which in addition to being home to the book...
Av Presidente Masaryk 360 Loc 21, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Children aren't left out of the shopping fun in Mexico City, which has dozens of market stalls, shops, and boutiques dedicated to goods made just for them. One of the best is Arroz con Leche, whose clothing is inspired by but not confined to...
Córdoba 25, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Art, design, architecture, and fashion-related publications are the main offerings at Casa Bosques, a bookstore that features international titles as well as a robust selection of Mexican-published magazines and texts that are challenging to find...
Alejandro Dumas 81, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Péndulo elevates the café-bookstore concept exceptionally well, inviting you to linger for hours over coffee and pastries in its large, two-level cafe (there are even tables on the second floor's balcony). Books in Spanish and...
Av. Álvaro Obregón 200, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Inspired but not constrained by traditional Mexican textiles, Carla Fernández is a designer who creates clothing, accessories, and home goods with her cultural roots in mind. Check out her "Charro Collection," a line that evokes mariachi suits...
Dr. Atl 62, Sta María la Ribera, 06400 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
True, it would be impossible to pack that incredible vanity in your luggage, but that shouldn't stop you from visiting Década if you love vintage furniture. After all, the staff can pack any object for shipping, and there are plenty of smaller...
Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fabrica Social is located inside the Downtown complex, where hotelier Grupo Hábita has a property that includes accommodations, restaurants, and a number of boutiques. This is a shop where you can buy handmade goods ranging from clothing...
Paseo de la Reforma 116, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Known as Artesanías, traditional Mexican folk art is deeply tied to indigenous and national identities. Goods like embroidered textiles, painted ceramics, original jewelry and blown glass are characterized by bold colors, geometric patterns...
Jalapa 129, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A sense of nerdy fun suffuses the proceedings at La Increíble Librería, a bookstore whose proprietors have already combed through the standard shop’s offerings and whittled it down to a mix of vintage and new volumes, all...
Av. Pdte. Masaryk 311, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Upscale Polanco's Presidente Masaryk, often described as Mexico City's Fifth Avenue, is chock-a-block with luxury brand name boutiques: Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and the like. If you're keen for goods of equivalent quality but with labels that may...
Calle Dinamarca 44, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A sliver of a boutique, with several levels, and discreetly tucked into a quiet street in the Juarez neighborhood, Loose Blues artfully serves up a clever selection of accessories and apparel for its deliberately insouciant, hipster...
Lope de Vega 330, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Consistent with the trend of sourcing made-in-Mexico products that depart from the Technicolor serapes of days of yore, Onora's home goods are Mexican-made, but few have the vivid colors that many people have come to associate with Mexican design....
Campos Elíseos 199 PH, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11570 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Don't roll up to 199 Campos Eliseos expecting to pop in and shop; this is an appointment-only antiques fever dream, the baby of Rodrigo Rivero Lake, perhaps Mexico's most renowned (and obsessive) collector. Paintings, photos, books, and a...
A, Río Amazonas 73, Col. Renacimiento, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico has a long tradition of exceptional design, and that is just as true in the fashion sphere as it is in architecture and art. Taxonomía is a nod to this fact, with all of its clothing and accessories inspired by and designed in Mexico by...
Av. Yucatan 84, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Though Mexico City has never lacked delightful food markets, gourmet food shops have been popping up all over the capital, selling many of the same goods as traditional markets, but packaged in an artisanal way. Tlapaleria Gastronómica is one of...
Calle Celaya 25, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
English-speaking bibliophiles love Under the Volcano for its cozy, welcoming space, where shelves stretch from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, sagging under the weight of previously read and gently used books. Those that don't fit on shelves...
Av. Emilio Castelar 215, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Designer Francisco Cancino is, like many of his contemporaries, interested in ushering in the new era of modern Mexican fashion, and he's acquired plenty of admirers in the process. Stop by his Polanco atelier for his women's clothing: all sleek...
S/N, Balderas, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Looking for traditional Mexican crafts and home wares, such as the beautifully colored, hand-painted bowls and plates you've eaten off of at so many restaurants? Head to La Ciudadela, an artists' market that for more than a century has drawn...
Ignacio Allende, s/n, Coyoácan, Del Carmen, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado de Coyoacán, located in southwest Mexico City, has an orderly beauty and a sleepy country market vibe. The produce vendors exhibit ingredients that you won't see at most restaurants: piles of mamey—which resemble oblong cantaloupes and...
Ignacio Allende 77, Lagunilla, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Grab a hat, sunglasses and tote bag and head north a few meters from to the intersection of Reforma and Lazaro Cardenas where this wonderful flea market takes place every Sunday. Plan to stay a few hours for meaningful browsing. You'll be surfing...
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