Mexico City shopping

Top Choice Market in Centro Histórico

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 spices, chilies and every fresh Mexican foodstuff imaginable, f…
Top Choice Music in Mexico City

Tianguis Cultural del Chopo

A gathering place for the city’s various youth subcultures – especially goth, metal and punk – with most of the outdoor vendor stalls selling clothes or DVDs, or offering tattooing, body piercing and hair coloring. …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Alameda Central

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 animals), guitars from Paracho and Huichol beadwork. Prices are ge…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Juárez & Cuauhtémoc


This government-run crafts store sells quality wares from around Mexico, such as Olinalá-produced lacquered boxes and black pottery from Oaxaca. Another branch is at Mixcoac. Prices are fixed.
Market in La Condesa

Condesa 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 vegetables, or pull up a chair at one of the food stalls for go…
Market in Mexico City

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 is also the place for a limpia (spiritual cleansing), a ritu…
Mall in Coyoacán & San Ángel

Plaza Loreto

An attractive shopping mall converted from an old paper factory. Several patios and courtyards are set between the brick buildings and it’s a lot more than just a place to shop – you’ll find a mini-amphitheater for …
Design in Juárez & Cuauhtémoc


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-changing courtyard market showcasing products and food from a…
Art in Coyoacán & San Ángel

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 northeast of here in El Carmen and another in Colonia San Ra…
Art in Juárez & Cuauhtémoc

Jardín del Arte San Rafael

Local artists line the pathways of this park to sell their paintings and vendors hawk art supplies. Similar art markets happen on Saturday in the south in San Ángel and El Carmen.