Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Mexico » Mexico City (See other walking tours in Mexico City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Author: Daniel
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Mercado de Artesanias San Juan

1) Mercado de Artesanias San Juan

Mercado de Artesanias San Juan features many original and traditional handicrafts like pottery, fabric, pewter, wood, silver, precious and semi-precious stones, amate paper and leather. The market has over 100 stores that focus on Mexican hand made souvenirs.
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Mercado de La Ciudadela

2) Mercado de La Ciudadela

Mercado de La Ciudadela is a market place where you will find all kinds of local crafts like jewelry, clothes, embroidery, woollen goods, big Mexican sombreros, and pottery. Bargaining is pretty much expected here but pay attention to the quality of the merchandise.

What to buy here: Decorative Catholic Cross.

As Mexico is a devoutly Catholic nation, visitors will most likely visit many ornate cathedrals during their visits. Depictions of the Last Supper, as well as rosaries are found in most traditional Mexican homes, as well. Bring home a piece of Mexico with your own decorative cross. You can find Mexican crosses in a wide variety of sizes and materials, including hand-painted talavera, wood and metals. These beautiful wall hangings can brighten any room of the house, as well as add color and character to decorative space. Visit the Mercado de La Ciudadela to find a Mexican cross that fits into your decorating theme. This quaint market is located on Balderas, between Reforma and Chapultepec. It features hundreds of authentic Mexican arts and crafts, including crosses that start around $10 USD. It’s open every day of the week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and many vendors there accept credit cards as well. While you’re there, check out the Escuela Nacional de Artes, across the street from the market. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the Alemeda, and you can find other unique items there, including talavera pottery, tile-framed mirrors, hammocks and leather products. Have a picnic at the scenic nearby park when you need a break from all the shopping.
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Artesanos de México

3) Artesanos de México

What to buy here: Talavera pottery.

Talavera is glazed, decoratively-painted Mexican earthenware that is a blend of Spanish and pre-Hispanic designs, colors and pieces, including decorative figurines and functional pieces, such as pot holders, serving dishes, vases, spoon rests, and flower pots. It is primarily made in the town of Puebla, which is also known as the “City of Tiles” because it has the colorful tile work on many of the buildings. Talavera was first introduced to Mexico by Colonial period Spanish guild artists. Talavera is referred to as “majolica” in Spain, which is typically characterized by the polychromatic, traditional blue and white designs. However, Mexicans put a classic twist on it by introducing bright, colorful animal and floral motifs. Bring home this aspect of Mexican décor with a small talavera piece of your own. Find an item that fits your home and décor at the store, Artesanos de Mexico, located in the center of the city. The actual address is Londres 117, and the store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Talavera pieces start around $15 USD, and you can also choose from other decorative pieces, such as masks and painted trays.
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Mercado de Artesanias Insurgentes

4) Mercado de Artesanias Insurgentes

What to buy here: Mayan or Aztec Calendar.

The Mayans and Aztecs contributed many things to modern society, such as their timekeeping devices. Calendars and the significance of the day and the astrological elements were extremely important to both of these indigenous cultures. In fact, calendars were also used as divination tools. In both indigenous cultures, babies were often named by the deity that ruled the day on the calendar. While visitors may not believe in these systems, they can still commemorate the year 2012 with a Mayan calendar. You can also add to your outdoor patio art with an Aztec calendar. Choose from many different sizes, as well as plain clay versions or brightly-painted colored calendars. Get a calendar that is simply a calendar, or choose an ashtray or clock calendar. Find what you’re looking for at the popular, Mercado Insurgentes, located in the Zona Rosa (pink zone) at Londres and Avenue Florencia. This crafts market features a wide variety of handmade items, and it is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Calendars start out around $15 USD. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the numerous jewelry stores, art galleries and boutiques. Zona Rosa also features many trendy sidewalk cafes and nightclubs.
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Arte Prehispánico

5) Arte Prehispánico

What to buy here: Tribal Art.

Mexico is home to many of the world’s most famous indigenous tribes, including the Mayans, Toltecs and Aztecs. In fact, just outside the city limits is the archeological site of Teotihuacan, which features the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Avenue of the Dead. Bring home a piece of history and culture with a locally-made, copy of pre-Colombian art, such as a mask, statue or a pottery piece. Choose from a wide variety of mythological art pieces, such as a jaguar warrior statue or a mask depicting Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican deity that is depicted as a feathered serpent. Other popular masks and statues include Atlaua, the water god and Tlaloc, the god of rain, fertility and lightning. In the center of Mexico City, the store Arte Prehispánico is located at Córdoba 148 and it is open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. This shop features excellent copies of masks and statues that are as good as those found at any local museum and that start around $35 USD. While you’re there, check out other artisan works of art, such as woven wraps from Chiapas and other reasonably-priced items handmade from existing indigenous tribal members.
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La Naval

6) La Naval

What to buy here: Kalúha.

Featuring a sweet, coffee-flavor, Kalúha is also a native Mexican product. This rum-based liqueur made from Arabica coffee beans and sugar, is the perfect after-dinner drink and makes a great addition to your own home bar or as a gift for friends. While it is made in the Mexican state of Veracruz, visitors can buy it all over Mexico. Making Kalúha is actually a seven-year process that involves growing, harvesting, drying and aging, distilling, and roasting and blending. Kalúha is served in a wide variety of cocktails, such as the popular Kalúha and coffee drink, Kalúha on the rocks, Kalúha and ginger ale, the Black Russian, and the espresso martini. Kalúha comes in several varieties, including the original version, Kalúha Especial, and flavored versions, such as French vanilla, mocha, and peppermint mocha. The original version starts out around $15 USD per bottle. Find your next bottle at one of Mexico City’s finest liquor stores, La Naval. There are many locations of La Naval around the city, but one of the biggest is located near the center of the city at Avenue Insurgentes Sur 373. This store is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
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Cafebrería El Péndulo

7) Cafebrería El Péndulo

What to buy here: Mexican Coffee.

The tropical jungles of Chiapas and Oaxaca in Mexico have the ideal growing environments for the coffee bean. In fact, Mexico exports a wide variety of gourmet coffees that range in flavors and robustness. One of the most popular coffee drinks in Mexico is called café de olla. This coffee is made with cinnamon sticks and is naturally sweet. While you’re in Mexico City, you’ll want to visit at least one café to try out a cup of Mexican coffee, and you may even want to bring home a bag of coffee beans to treat your friends and family. Check out one of the most unique places in Mexico City, the Cafebrería El Péndulo, located in the Condesa neighborhood. This favorite local spot is a café, bar and bookstore in one. It also has a small venue where local bands play a wide variety of music in the evenings. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cappuccino with a slice of cake or other Mexican pastries. The address is Avenue Nuevo Leon 115, and it even has valet parking. It is open from Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. You can buy bags of coffee beans to go starting at around $8 USD.

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.
Top Museums Walking Tour, Mexico City

Top Museums Walking Tour, Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the most dazzling cultural sites in the world, having more museums than any other city. Mexico City also has a rich history of artistic expressions. It was home to the Aztec civilization and the Spanish Empire both of which have left behind an impressive heritage and a unique culture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
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
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
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
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
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

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