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Shopping in Mexico City - Handcrafts & Souvenirs
If shopping is your favorite pastime then Mexico City will be a paradise for you. Enormous shopping malls, such as Centro Santa Fe, Perisur, Pabellon Polanco and Interlomas, are considered some of the best in the world. Each has clothing stores, department stores, coffee shops, furniture stores and bookstores. Zona Rosa and Polanco are the main commercial spots in the city offering everything from art galleries and antique shops to jewelry and craft shops selling items from all over Mexico.
Santa Fe Mall
Santa Fe Mall is the result of a very ambitious visionary project that makes it currently the largest shopping center in Latin America. It features an excellent movie theater complex, several restaurants and entertainment for all tastes and budgets. Furthermore, you can find the most important department stores in the country here, such as El Palacio de Hierro, Liverpool and Sears. The parking lot has space for over 5,000 cars.
Coyoacan is a traditional colonial neighborhood with cobbled streets filled with libraries and lots of history. You will find many colorful boutiques and handicraft stores where the craftsmen sell their work themselves. It is here that you will be able to experience the art of bargaining, while enjoying the picturesque landscape, the vendors selling balloons, ice creams and chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and the funniest street entertainers you have ever seen. This is a great place for a day out for all the family, particularly on the weekend.
The magical hands of craftsmen are present here in the heart of Mexico City, in the craftwork center, La Ciudadela. It is home to the most important handicraft exhibition in all Mexico, with more than 300 workshops and stands; they will even ship your purchases internationally. Here you can find craftsmen from different ethnic groups, such as Zapotecs, Otomis, Mazahuas, Purepechas, Mayas, Mixtecs and Huichols who make the work that gives La Ciudadela its international fame.
A fantastic variety of establishments specializing in art can be found in this charming area where galleries are the most abundant type of stores. You should not be surprised if your visit coincides with an art exhibition where you can meet the latest avant-garde artists. In case you are looking for modern or minimalist furniture, this is the ideal place to go. In La Condesa you will find an endless array of the most stylish and fashionable items. All this and more makes "La Condechi", as it is popularly known, an extremely popular spot to go shopping in Mexico City.
Mazarik Avenue (Polanco)
All along the entire length of this outstanding cosmopolitan avenue, located in one of the most distinguished areas in Mexico City, you can find the most exclusive boutiques and world famous designer stores. When browsing around you can easily notice how modernity, style and glamour converge, inviting you to enjoy an unequalled Mexico City shopping experience.
Carefully planned to allow for future expansion, Mundo E is the most attractive shopping and entertainment center in Mexico City. It features outstanding international cuisine restaurants and almost 150 stores, of which about a hundred are boutiques by the most prestigious brands. You will also find a movie theater complex featuring the only digital screen in Mexico.
Perisur is a shopping, food and entertainment center that is a great day out for all the family. It is well located in the south of the city and is easily accessible. In Perisur, a large chain of Mexican movie theaters called Cinepolis has created one of the most amazing and innovative entertainment areas in Latin America. They feature 20 screens, including 4 VIP auditoriums and a whole host of concession stands.
Perisur, one of the most important financial areas of the city, also has a huge variety of additional stores, such as travel agencies, opticians, beauty salons, phone stores and more.
The so called Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) has been, for over 20 years, a great district to just walk around or go shopping. Situated in the Chapultepec area of the city, the Zona Rosa is excellent for Mexico City shopping because you can find the best variety of high-end boutiques and galleries exhibiting pieces by famous national and international artists. Here, people from all walks of life cross paths and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the "Zona Rosa".
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