Recently named a barrio magico (magic neighborhood) by the secretary of tourism, San Ángel is located southwest of the city center. Populated by historic cobblestone streets, fragrant gardens and grand estates this neighborhood is flush with Colonial history. Many of the city's popular attractions are located near the San Ángel neighborhood including the Bellas Artes Palace, Templo Mayor and many art galleries, markets, open-air restaurants, boutiques and more.
Known for being home to various film stars in the Golden Age of cinema in the 1940s, this charming neighborhood features art deco and modern architecture, lush parks and hip cafes, restaurants and boutiques. This urbanized and trendy area of the city is popular amongst musicians, young professionals and families. A weekend must visit.
If it seems like most of the interesting boutiques in Mexico City's Roma neighborhood do double-duty as a store and something else, that's because they do. Goodbye Folk, a designer-owned clothing store, also houses its own hair salon, located in the back next to a rack of vintage-inspired sweaters and jackets. The store specializes in recycling period fabrics to create new designs and can custom-fit any item in the store with a two-day turnaround. Goodbye Folk's possible greatest contribution to Mexican fashion: handmade men's and women's shoes constructed with fine leathers in unique designs (like floral pattern boots). -George Nunes
The Central de Abastos in Mexico City, one of the largest wholesale markets in the world, is made up of a series of stalls providing fruit and vegetables to the city and some of the adjoining states. The market caters to smaller businesses, as well as restaurants and hotels. The prices here are rock bottom, and you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables of excellent quality without having to pay the middleman. This is the place to go if you want to buy in bulk for a party, a special meal or even Christmas dinner! Public parking is available, but is quite far away.
Interlomas, more than selling exclusive clothing, is focused on service, for there are many establishments there from which to purchase groceries, paint for you home, flooring, interior decoration supplies, and establishments which offer computer courses, travel agencies or furniture stores with exclusive or inexpensive items. It is made up of three stories, the last of which is an open terrace where several restaurants are located, mainly offering inexpensive Mexican food and a small soda fountain. The most visited restaurant is Giambelino, which serves Italian food. There are playgrounds for children and a Cinepolis movie theatre complex, plus speciality stores which offer items such as miniatures, sporting goods, electronic appliances, lingerie and video games.
This is one of the bookshops in Mexico City that concentrates exclusively on English-language books. It is tucked in the residential zone called Lomas. Foreign language books are about 30 percent more expensive than what you would find in the US, but that is the case of all other bookshops that stock them. It is a good place to visit, as its selection is varied and well organized.