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 center is very tourist-orientated. Prices are fixed, which effectively means it isn't really a market. However, some people prefer it this way, as they know where they stand. It sells a wide selection of Mexican handicrafts. It has more than 110,000 articles and you can find anything from pottery to textiles and more. It offers customers a free drinks in the small snack bar within the shop. The market is next to Buenavista station.
Casa Marchand is a stationery shop on Calle de Mesones. They have a wide range of products for office and school needs. They only stock quality goods that are reasonably priced.
The Mercado de Sonora is one of the oldest and most traditional markets. A great variety of articles to do with white magic and witchcraft are sold here. You will find items such as coloured candles, effigies of 'Santa Muerte' or 'Santa Isabel' and all kinds of spells and charms written on paper to attract money or love. There is also a wide variety of herbal medicines for sale. This fascinating market is worth exploring, even for sceptics. Parking is available.
If you are a person into creative crafts, then Fantasias Miguel Centro is among the best places in town to shop. A branch of the Fantasias Miguel chain of stores, this reputed emporium has an impressive range of products on general arts and crafts, jewelry, knitting, floral art and theme parties. Their prices are very reasonable.
Plaza Papelera Mesones is a nice stationery shop. You will not only find office and school stationery, but also for craft and gifts. They offer a wide range at very affordable prices. From unique gift wrappers to different kinds of paper, you will surely like their products.
La Merced is one of the most traditional markets in Mexico City, because its foundation goes back quite a way. It has become a center for the sale of all types of goods, including vegetables, clothing, shoes, meat, livestock, fish, seafood and imported articles for a while now. Prices are very reasonable but it can get rather crowded at times. It is a good place to buy ingredients for daily meals, and is also fun to browse. You might be able to find parking spaces around the market, but it is advisable to use the metro.
The brainchild of Bruno Darks, it started off as a superhero comics and was advertised only through social medias. The surge in its fan following, led Bruno to open three stores in the city. Máscara De Látex on Regina is the flagship store. You will find t-shirts and accessories with prints of anime, superheroes and comic strip characters. Make an eccentric fashion statement with their clothing that will surely set you apart.