Mexico City Shops
Colima 180, Colonia Roma
While 180° has all your hipster basics covered with Fjällräven backpacks, special edition New Balances, and Penny skateboards, this shop's real allure comes from its mix of up-and-coming local clothing and design brands. You'll find Julia y Renata and Alejandra Quesada dresses, printed jumpsuits, capes and jackets from Carolina K, bikes by Saintvelo, designer chocolate bars from Casa Bosques, and magazines, books, and zines from local publishers.
Anatole France 13, Polanco
Savvy Studio is the design and branding studio that came up with the concept for this boutique shopping experience, bringing fashion, food, tea, and design into one locale in Polanco. Of course, they've designed most of the space, too. Here you can shop for ultra pared down clothing and accessories by the likes of Gabriela Artigas and Trista at Avery, leaf through hard-to-find art and design titles at Casa Bosques, check out the latest design trends at Galeria Mexicana de Diseño and finish up with a gourmet tea at Tomás and snacks from Villa de Patos.
Isabel La Católica #30, Centro Histórico
If there's one designer who has managed to take traditional Mexican embroidery and textile techniques and make them contemporary and wearable—and not in a hippie-ish way—it's Carla Fernández. She's spent years traveling the country establishing partnerships with some of the best indigenous artisans to make her bold, geometric designs. The clothing rails at her shop at the Downtown Hotel were designed by Pedro Reyes, one of the most prominent conceptual artists in Mexico—a great match for Carla and her smart, sustainable clothing line.
Córdoba 25, Colonia Roma
Housed in a whitewashed, renovated home in the Roma and decorated with sleek bookshelves, casually placed Jean Prouvé chairs, succulents, and ferns, Casa Bosques offers a curated selection of indie magazines, journals, and books from small publishers. Their selection goes way beyond what you'll find in any of the city's more established bookshops and is a godsend for anyone interested in fashion, art, and design, as independent titles like The Gentlewoman, Apartamento, AnOther, Purple are hard to come by. Visitors are invited to leaf through the titles and make themselves comfortable in the homey space (they also make small batch chocolate bars). This summer, they opened up a new shop in Polanco's new mini boutique complex, Anatole 13.
Emilio Castelar 149, Polanco
Located in a beautiful 1940's mansion in Polanco, this three story concept store—undoubtedly inspired by Colette in Paris—stocks books, music, vintage furniture, and hard-to-find international brands. They're basically out there to outfit the classic hipster with jewelry by Venessa Arizaga, Herschel backpacks, New Balance sneakers, and clothing from the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Comme des Garcons. In addition to all the foreign lines, the owners, husband and wife Max and Monica Feldman, are great at discovering local designers and mixing them in with the other big names. They've also recently opened a men's shop at Caballería in the up-and-coming Colonia Juarez.
Emilio Castelar 227, 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.
Masaryk 311, 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.
This nomadic design market has been going since 2010, with 15 editions to date, where participating artists, fashion and product designers, and food and drink purveyors sell their wares. They're massive shopping events, where you can walk away with some pretty great finds from some of the best names in design, including clothing from Carla Fernández and Carolina K, mezcal from Mezcal Amores, furniture by Oscar Hagerman and Pirwi, and beautiful chocolates from unelefante. Watch their site for the announcement about their next edition.
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.
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