Must see shopping in Mexico City

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    Centro de Artesanías La Ciudadela

    A favorite destination for good, and also mass-produced, handicrafts from all over Mexico. Worth seeking out are Oaxaca alebrijes (whimsical painted…

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    Barrio Alameda

    Enter this converted art deco building at the edge of the Alameda for inspired shopping, where plants drip from sleek railings and soft lamps. Three…

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    Vértigo

    The store at this playfully hip art gallery sells silk screens, graphic T-shirts and etchings made by popular Argentine illustrator Jorge Alderete and…

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    Mercado San Juan

    Small market specializing in top-price gourmet food items such as huitlacoche (trufflelike corn fungus), insects, mole pastes, crocodile, ostrich, deer…

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    Bazaar Sábado

    The Saturday bazaar showcases some of Mexico’s best handcrafted jewelry, woodwork, ceramics and textiles including silver from Taxco and psychedelic…

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    Fonart

    This government-run crafts store sells quality wares from around Mexico, such as Olinalá-produced lacquered boxes and black pottery from Oaxaca. Prices…

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    Plaza Downtown Mexico

    Shops surrounding the central courtyard of a beautifully restored, 18th-century colonial-era building sell upmarket crafts, ceramics, chocolate and…

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    The well-known government-run handicrafts shop displays beautiful wares from around the country, ranging from Olinalá lacquered boxes to Oaxacan alebrijes…

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    Mercado de la Merced

    This gigantic market, Mexico City's largest, occupies four whole blocks dedicated to the buying and selling of daily needs, with photogenic displays of…

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    Tianguis Cultural del Chopo

    A gathering place for the city’s various youth subcultures – especially goth, metal, indie and punk – with most of the outdoor vendor stalls selling new…

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    Plaza Loreto

    An attractive shopping mall converted from an old paper factory in San Angél. Several patios and courtyards are set between the brick buildings and it’s a…

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    Mercado de Sonora

    This place has all the ingredients for Mexican witchcraft. Aisles are crammed with stalls hawking potions, amulets, voodoo dolls and other esoterica. This…

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    Fusión

    From a converted house, a dozen boutique stores produce giftware, clothing and furniture, most with a Mexican spin. Each Friday to Sunday there's an ever…

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    Libreria Rosario Castellanos

    Inside the impressive art deco Centro Cultural Bella Época is one of the largest bookstores in Latin America where it is easy, and permitted, to sit for…

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    Jardín del Arte San Ángel

    Local artists set up on the west side of Plaza San Jacinto in San Ángel to sell their paintings while vendors hawk art supplies. There is another location…

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    Condesa Tuesday Tianguis

    Visiting a tianguis (local weekly market) is a great way to peek into the daily life of Mexico City locals. You can buy cheap clothing, fresh fruit and…

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    Jardín del Arte El Carmen

    Local artists sell their paintings in Plaza del Carmen. On sunny Saturdays it's a pleasant local ritual to stroll, browse and chat to some of the artists,…

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    Galería Eugenio

    Galería Eugenio sells more than 4000 traditional, mostly wooden and clay masks from artisans across the country. Prices start from M$800. It’s in the…

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    Dulcería de Celaya

    This candy store has been operating since 1874 and it's worth a look for the ornate building alone. Candied fruits and coconut-stuffed lemons are some of…