Where to Shop in Mexico City: 10 Boutiques We Absolutely Love
You could spend an entire week in the Mexican capital just eating and going to museums—but that would mean missing out on something else the city offers: incredible shopping experiences. Whether you're looking to pick up artisan-made crafts at an outdoor market, check out contemporary kitchen gear at an insta-worthy boutique, or browse impeccable antique furniture at an appointment-only showroom, the city's options are endless and varied.
Two fresh-faced Paris expats and real-life couple are the team behind this modern leather goods brand that launched in 2016. Their bags and wallets are simple yet stylish, and come in the prettiest of solid colors (including cherry red, pastel pink, and minty green, in addition to basic black). Each one is handmade in a local workshop—and they’re all for sale in their bright, new Roma Norte showroom.
La Ciudadela Mercado de Artesenías
You could spend hours wandering this sprawling artisan market, which is located in the Centro Histórico and is home to more than 300 vendors. (Quick tip: don’t come hungry.) But the somewhat overwhelming experience is worth it for a chance to stock up on all kinds of traditional, and well-priced, Mexican crafts, like embroidered pillowcases, Oaxacan wool rugs, and ceramics from Puebla.
At this impeccably designed housewares store in Colonia Juárez, everything from aluminum pitchers to copper teapots to classic enamelware dishes to volcanic stone mortars—the list goes on—are displayed on floor-to-ceiling white pegboard and industrial shelving. The palm fiber tortilla holders make great souvenirs.
When the trendy Hotel Carlota opened in 2015, it made waves for its Instagram-worthy pool and restaurant led by buzzy, young chefs Joaquín Cardoso and Sofía Cortina. But shoppers will love the lobby boutique, which carries minimalist jewelry by Iker Ortiz, hand-embroidered pieces by buzzy fashion designer Carla Fernandez, and other accessories from edgy local brands.
You’ll need to make an appointment to visit this design studio in the San Rafael neighborhood, which connects established contemporary designers with artisan communities around Mexico to create everything from contemporary lighting and furniture to woven textiles. The goal? To empower those who still practice traditional crafts. (The founder also owns a nearby B&B called Patio 77, decorated with many pieces from Taller LU’UM.)
These days, it’s more important than ever to support independent bookstores, and Casa Bosques is one of the best in town. The bright and airy space is known for carrying book and magazines focusing on fashion, architecture, and art from small publishers—and visitors something from their own line of 72% chocolate bars made with ingredients like cardamom and pink peppercorn.
This chic concept boutique, which opened its second location in Roma Norte in 2017, champions a wide range of Mexican labels. You’ll find beaded earrings, colorful woven hats, geometric plant holders, clothes for both men and women, and even gifts to take home for your kiddos and pets. It also carries sunglasses by Oliver Peoples and Miu Miu and a collection of vinyl records that are fun to flip through.
Head to this cool shop in Roma Norte if you’re in the market for old-school rock band T-shirts and other vintage finds. But what really sets them apart is the bespoke shoe service; you pick the style, materials, and color combination—say, an ankle-high boot with black leather and zebra print—and they’ll be shipped to you in three weeks; prices start at a reasonable $120.
Mexican Modernism Showroom
The visual artist Claudia Fernandez—who has exhibited in solo shows at Museo Experimental El Eco and Museo Tamayo, plus others abroad—runs this appointment-only showroom out of her beautiful 1914 home in Santa María la Ribera. Rooms are filled with sofas, chairs, lamps, and other mid-century and modern furniture. She also sells custom leather sandals handmade in Chiapas. You can text 52-55-9195-5646 via What’s App to schedule a visit.
A Mexican woman living in Los Angeles and a New Yorker living in Mexico joined forces to create this home and accessories brand, which partners with artisans from around the country and reinterprets traditional techniques in modern ways. Their brick-and-mortar is located in the tony Polanco neighborhood, and is a wonderland of objets like black clay candleholders, monochromatic beaded skulls, and colorful lacquered wood dishes.
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