Mexico City Shops
Dr. Atl 62, Polanco
This is probably one of the best shops for high-quality Mid-Century antiques in the city, as owners Cecilia Tena and Lucía Corredor split time between Berlin and New York buying and importing their finds back to their shop in Polanco. You'll find retro credenzas, Herman Miller tables and chairs, Anglepoise-style lamps, and everything you need to stock a vintage bar—all in great condition and displayed in inspiring vignettes. The owners were living in Berlin when they got the idea to open up a vintage shop in Mexico city, hoping to bring a little bit of its playfulness into modern Mexican interiors.
El Bazaar Sábado
San Jacinto 11, San Ángel
On Saturdays, as the name implies, one of the most delightful things you can do is head over to the sleepy, cobble-stoned streets of San Angel to shop in this grand old colonial plaza. It's jam-packed with artists and artisans who sell their wares here week after week, including paper flowers, embroidered blouses, tin toys, carved Pepita glass, etc. Some of it is on the folksy side, but there's always at least one discovery to walk away with. Plus, there's a restaurant inside serving solid quesadillas (though there's also a street stand right outside that out-does these), and right across the street is the weekly artist's street market, where there are some good finds to be made.
Corner Rayón & Allende, Centro Histórico
On the same site since colonial times, the Lagunilla is one of the biggest covered markets in the city, selling food, furniture, and cheap clothing. On Sundays, though, things get a little more interesting when antique dealers and casual vendors set up on the streets surrounding the market. Though there's a lot of junk to sift through, and a good number of stalls selling pirated goods, there are some treasures to be found—costume jewelry, retro sunglasses, old-school 50's kitchen goods, and more. Plus, the torta and cold-pressed juice stand right inside one of the main entrances into the antiques area is awesome. You'll want to have your wits about you, though, as the market and its surrounds do harbour the occasional pick-pocket.
Medellín 67, Colonia Roma
When it comes to home decór, this newly opened concept store in an old restored mansion in the Roma is doing a lot of things right: They've gathered a handful of supremely tasteful, local textile and accessories brands—all previously basically unknown in the city—like Bindilou, Namuh, and San Miguel Allende's Casa Acanto, and brought them under one roof. In addition there's also our favorite, Trinitate, which makes gorgeous white-glazed tableware a la Astier de Villatte, and an endless variety of garden ornaments. Basically, you can come here and decorate an entire home in purely hand-crafted goods, without it looking folksy or tired. Plus, they've also brought a handful of clothing brands with a similar ethos, and beloved brunch spot Carlota & Emilia, in too—perfect one-stop shopping.
Av Francisco I. Madero 4, Centro Histórico
Sanborns is a kind of upscale generalist marketplace: You can get your prescription filled just as easily as you'll find toys, books, magazines, and a decent meal at the cafeteria. The chain—owned by billionaire Carlos Slim—is ubiquitous in the city, but its branch in the Centro Histórico is something special. Housed in the historic Casa de los Azulejos, an 18th-century palace covered in tiles, it's simply one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Meanwhile, inside the cafeteria, where the Mexican intelligentsia used to hang out in the 50's and 60s, milkshakes and club sandwiches are served up by women in kitschy, old school uniforms. And then there's the dining room, covered in old frescoes and historic photographs (it was once also the National Jockey Club).
Mercado de la Ciudadela
Mercado de la Ciudadela, Av. Balderas, Colonia Centro
If you're in the market for crafts and mementos, this covered artisans market is kind of a must. You'll sift through a lot, and will need your best negotiating skills, but it's a great stop for papier maché figurines, paper flowers, hand-blown glassware, traditional kids toys, and plenty of papel picado—all great for gifts to take back home as well as party decór. If you come on a weekend, don't miss the public salsa, merengue, and danzón dance party attended by elderly couples on the square just across the street.
Lemon Chic (Closed)
Calzada del Valle 414 Pte, Polanco
If there's one shop that's upping the ante when it comes to street fashion in Mexico City, it's this newly opened store from the northern city of Monterrey. Before Lemon Chic's arrival, niche brands like Iro, MiH, Current/Elliott, Wildfox and more were basically impossible to find, requiring a shopping trip abroad. Housed in a beautiful, modern space with floor-to-ceiling windows, this boutique is right next door to many of the big-name brands on the city's main shopping drag, Masaryk. Here, aside from the perfect pair of the season's on-trend jeans, you'll find a great selection of party dresses and heels, as well as everyday t-shirts, sneakers, rompers, and espadrilles.