Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Mexico City

It would be a pity to leave Mexico City without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mexico City, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Mexico » Mexico City (See other walking tours in Mexico City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: Daniel
Mercado Lagunilla

1) Mercado Lagunilla

La Lagunilla Market is a traditional public market in Mexico City, located about ten blocks north of the city’s main plaza, in a neighborhood called La Lagunilla. The market is one of the largest in the city and consists of three sections: one for clothing, one for furniture and one for foodstuffs, mostly selling to lower income customers. The market is surrounded by small stores and street vendors, many specializing in furniture and dresses and other needs for formal occasions. Mercado Lagunilla is famous for being the best place to find a bridal attire.

On Sundays, the number of street vendors grows significantly, a weekly “tianguis” market called a baratillo which traditionally sells used items. One section of this baratillo has developed into a market for antiques, which has attracted higher income customers and even famous ones such as Carlos Monsiváis.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dulceria de Celaya

2) Dulceria de Celaya

What to buy here: Mexican Chocolate.

Cultivated from the cacao tree, the first known culinary use of chocolate occurred in Mexico. In fact, the origination of the word “cacao” traces back to the Olmec tribe, which lived in the modern areas of Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco. All the ancient Mexican tribes incorporated chocolate in their daily lives and spiritual rituals, as cacao was known as the “gods’ food.” For example, the Mayas included chocolate in their elaborate wedding ceremonies, burial ceremonies and tombs, while the Aztecs took the cacao to new culinary, ritualistic and monetary levels. Modern Mexican chocolate typically refers to foamy chocolate drinks or cinnamon-scented round, flat disks of chocolate. It is one of the main ingredients in the famous Mexican dish, mole, as well. Travelers can bring home a taste of Mexico with rich, Mexican hot chocolate mixes, blocks of hard chocolate for baking or drinks, or even chocolate bars flavored with chiles. Shop for your ideal Mexican chocolate, as well as other traditional Mexican sweets, such as cajeta, at Dulcería de Celaya. This sweet boutique is locaed in the Centro area of Mexico City at 5 de Mayo 39. It was founded in 1874 and also has a branch in the La Roma neighborhood. It is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Candy starts as low as $1 USD for small pieces.
Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo

3) Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo

What to buy here: Día de los Muertos decorations.

Typically celebrated on November 1st each year, Día de los Muertos, is a popular Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering loved ones and friends. On this day, Mexicans traditionally create altars in their homes or cemeteries that are decorated with candles, photos of deceased loved ones, colored paper hangings, pan de muerto (bread of the dead that is slightly sweet and features orange and anise flavors), different food and drinks that the deceased enjoyed, incense, salt and water. The other main decorative features are catrinas (miniature skeleton dolls dressed in clothing) and calaveras (miniature painted skulls). As this holiday is so close to the U.S. Halloween holiday, get some of these Mexican decorations to add to your celebration. Visit the store, Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo in the Zócalo área. It is located at Monte de Piedad 11 and open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Día de los Muertos items start around $10 USD, and also include miniature coffins with pop-up skeletons, candles and other items. This store is huge and features three floors of Mexican crafts and arts, such as pottery and other papier-mâché dolls. While you’re there, check out the 6th floor cafeteria that features views of the Zócalo, which is known for the Mexican presidential palace, Aztec ruins and the sinking Metropolitan Cathedral.
Zócalo Market

4) Zócalo Market (must see)

Zócalo Market is located to the right of the Cathedral. It can be recognized by its many colorful umbrellas. Here you will find a wide range of products, as well as souvenirs to take home from trip to Mexico City. Stroll through the hundreds of vendors and see what they have to offer!
Las Fábricas de Mexico

5) Las Fábricas de Mexico

What to buy here: Mexican Artisan Textiles.

Mexico is renowned for its handmade textiles made by local artisans. You can choose from napkins, placemats, tablecloths, baby blankets, pillow cases and other types of textiles made from cotton, linen, gauze and lace. Whether you prefer intricate designs or simple patterns, you can find them all in Mexico City. You can also choose from solid white materials or colored versions. Most Mexican textiles reflect the pre-Hispanic artful traditions of dyeing, spinning, embroidery and weaving. These ancient techniques can be found in the modern marketplace all around the city. One of the best locations to find textiles is at the store, Las Fábricas de Mexico, located in the Zócalo area. The address is Pino Suárez 17, and it is open Monday from Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Las Fábricas de Mexico features a majority of cotton items that start around $25 USD for smaller items. Large items, such as tablecloths, may cost as much as $200 USD, depending on the pattern. Visitors can also find embroidered clothing, such as huipil shirts, and cotton underwear at this shop. While you’re in the area, check out nearby street markets for other textile items as well.
Mercado de la Merced

6) Mercado de la Merced

The largest retail market in Mexico is the La Merced market. It is the oldest commercial hub of Mexico City and exists from the early colonial period when traders from other Spanish colonies came to buy and sell commodities.

The Mercado de la Merced is located on the grounds of a monastery that was once the home of the order of Mercedarians. The market lies to the East of the Zocalo and was once the biggest wholesale market in Mexico. At the end of the 18th century the entire area was one large open air market that grew bigger as the shopping areas near the Zocalo were removed to make space for the plaza. In 1863, large buildings were constructed on the grounds to house the stalls. Today, four whole blocks of buildings make up the establishment.

Fresh vegetables, fruit, different kinds of fresh and dried chili peppers, fresh corn, cactus leaves and fruit, corn fungus, mushrooms, squash flowers and authentic Oaxaca cheese are available at this market and a flourishing open air bazaar that still exists outside the building. Visitors can enjoy delicious Mexican street food like quesadillas, tortillas, tostadas and tamale. The market also stocks products that are usually available in large departmental stores like crockery, cutlery, cleaning supplies and kitchen gadgets.

What to buy here: Huipil Clothing.

Literally meaning “blouse” or “dress,” huipil clothing has been worn by indigenous Mexican women since pre-Hispanic times. This type of clothing actually originates in the Chiapas region, but you can now find it all over Mexico City in a wide variety of locations, from street markets to upscale boutiques. The traditional version is a loose-fitting, flowing white blouse or dress that features hand-embroidered flower patterns around the neckline. However, modern versions come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and the more elaborate, the more expensive. At Mercado de La Merced you can find a wide variety of vendors that sell huipils starting around $15 USD.
Mercado Sonora

7) Mercado Sonora

The Mercado de Sonora is a unique market in Mexico City. The market has stalls that not only sell fresh fruits and vegetables but traditional herbs, magical potions and other indigenous Mexican spiritual objects.

The Mercado de Sonora is located in Colonia Merced Balbuena neighborhood of Venustiano Carranza Burrough in Mexico City. The indoor market is one of the many public markets built by the city to regulate retail commerce. The institution was officially opened in 1957. The building consists of a single curved metal nave. The interior has narrow aisles with stalls selling a range of commodities grouped by the type of product sold. It is regarded as the noisiest public market in Mexico City with a cacophony of blaring music and the noise of vendors calling to attract customers to their stalls.

The main attractions in the market are the stalls selling medicinal plants and concoctions to help an array of health and psychological conditions based on traditional forms of indigenous medicine. Animal based indigenous medications are also available. Occult items for black and white magic and Shamanistic traditions can be purchased at the market. Items include masks, amulets, candles, incense, horseshoes and powders among others. The most popular among the objects available are those related to love. Card reading and other futurological services are also provided.

The Mercado de Sonora offers visitors a unique and magical cultural experience while in Mexico City.

Walking Tours in Mexico City, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mexico City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Center Walk

Historic Center Walk

Mexico City is a populous, high-altitude capital of Mexico, renowned for its wealth of history and tradition. The local landmarks are numerous and include, among others, the Baroque-style Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, home to the historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are found in and near Plaza de la Constitución, the enormous main square of the city commonly referred to as the Zócalo. To see what else is there in the Historic Center of Mexico City, follow this self-guided tour and explore.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Mexico City without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mexico City, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Mexico City's Nightlife

Mexico City's Nightlife

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and also one of the most populated. Its nightlife is all about amazing music, great drinks and spectacular fun. The music here is mainly a combination of Spanish and English-language rock, electronic music, some Latin/Caribbean music, Latin pop, and sometimes traditional Mexican music. Take this walking tour to enjoy the unique nightlife experience in Mexico City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico city

Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico city

Zona Rosa, or The Pink Zone is one of the Mexico City's famous neighborhoods. It is located near the historic center of the city. The neighborhood was called the Pink Zone because of the pink tiles that are prevalent here. The area offers amazing Beaux-Art architecture, the city's best handicraft markets and antique shops. Take this walking tour to discover the beauties that Zona Rosa has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park is one of the most famous parks in Mexico City. It is located on the Chapultepec Hill, that has a major historic importance for Mexicans. This park features some of the best known tourist attractions in Mexico city, like the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Chapultepec Castle, and Papalote Children Museum. Take this walking tour to explore Chapultepec Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Famous Religious Edifices Walk in Mexico City

Famous Religious Edifices Walk in Mexico City

Mexico City is considered a great vacation destination, featuring something interesting and entertaining for everyone. The landmarks here are amazing and the architecture is impressive and unique. Every religious building in this city is a part not only of Mexican religion but also of Mexican culture and life. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most famous churches in Mexico City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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