Souvenir Shopping Part 3, Mexico City (Self Guided)

Far from the standard supermarkets and fashionable malls, discover the uniqueness of traditional Mexican markets. These are not just markets, but lessons in culture and history. They may not provide full-package service but a walk here is a real experience that will brighten up your day. You will not leave empty-handed from here, for sure. Take this walking tour to explore some of the best traditional shopping venues in Mexico City.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 3 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 3
Guide Location: Mexico » Mexico City (See other walking tours in Mexico City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
Author: doris
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Museo Nacional de Artes e Industrias Populares

1) Museo Nacional de Artes e Industrias Populares

What to buy here: Rebozos.

Worn by Mexican women of all classes by the end of the 18th century, rebozos are beautiful accessories that can be worn as shawls or scarves. They come in a wide variety of sizes, materials, colors and prints. These intricate pieces are descendants of the Aztec carrying cloth, and modern indigenous women use them to carry their infants, while the first lady of Mexico always wears one during the famous Mexican independence day speech held on the balcony of the Presidential Palace each year. While visitors can find dozens of shops and market vendors that carry rebozos, the Museo Nacional de Artes e Industrias Populares carries one of the best selections of rebozos in all of Mexico City. Two of the most popular styles, the Santa Maria and the Tenancingo, can be found at this store. It is located in the Zócalo area, also known as the textile district. The address is Revillagigedo 11, and it is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Prices vary depending on the style and material. For example, Tenancingo rebozos start at around $30 USD, while Santa Maria rebozos start around $80 USD. Silk rebozos typically start around $165 USD.
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Jardin del Arte (Garden of Art)

2) Jardin del Arte (Garden of Art)

What to buy here: Mexican art.

Mexico City was and is a hotspot for folk artists and painters, and many local art galleries featuring colorful originals and prints from the famed duo of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as modern artists. While you will want to check out some of the city’s most famous museums, such as the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, the Leon Trotsky Museum, and Frida Kahlo’s home in the Coyoacan area of Mexico City, you can bring home a masterpiece of your own as well. Check out the Jardin del Arte (Garden of Art), located between Sullivan and Villalongín near the popular Sullivan Park. This outdoor market occurs every Sunday behind the Monumento a la Madre (Monument to Mothers) in the San Rafael neighborhood. It features the works of between 350 and 400 different local artists, and is the largest outdoor art gallery in the world. Choose from a wide variety of art, from paintings of ink, oil and watercolors; etchings, sculptures and photography. Art prices range from $5 USD to $500 USD, depending on the size of the piece and the artist. It’s conveniently located near the center of Mexico City and is a sight that shouldn’t be missed on your trip.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: depending on the weather
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Comercial Mexicana Sumesa

3) Comercial Mexicana Sumesa

What to buy here: Vanilla.

Mexico is the birthplace of vanilla, and Mexican vanilla is considered the king of vanilla extracts. Mexican vanilla is rich and smooth, and it features a spicy element. The Totonac of the Veracruz are the first known cultivators of vanilla, which is actually the only edible fruit of the orchid flower. Bakers know that vanilla is one of the most essential cooking ingredients, and there is no substitute for it. Real vanilla is complex, as it is made up of more than 250 components. While you can find Mexican vanilla all over Mexico City, many tourist areas feature synthetic vanilla extract, which is not as good as the real thing. Shop like the locals and visit the upscale grocery store, Comercial Mexicana Sumesa in the Polanco neighborhood. This store is located at Virgilio no. 15 Col. Polanco Deleg. Miguel Hidalgo, and it is open every day from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. It features a wide variety of vanillas, that range from $5 USD to $40 USD depending on the brand and size. Choose from simple bottles, or elaborate containers that feature silver plated labels and may be considered works of art themselves. Bring home a bottle for yourself and your favorite baker friends.
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Marti

4) Marti

What to buy here: Football Jerseys and other football memorabilia.

Fútbol is the national pastime in Mexico, and there are many great rivalries within the Mexico league, as well as between local teams in Mexico City. The jersey or shirt of his favorite team is in the closet of every Mexican boy and man. Mexico City has several popular local teams, including the UNAM Pumas and America. Most Mexicans follow international soccer, as well, and you’ll see the jerseys from teams from the Italian league, British league and Spanish league all around the capital city. While many markets feature knockoff versions of these jerseys, you can get the real thing at the popular Mexican sporting goods store, Marti. This specialist sports store has outlets all around Mexico, including several large locations in Mexico City. This sports-fan emporium features a wide variety of international and national soccer jerseys, as well as mountain climbing and ski equipment. Most soccer jerseys start around $70 USD, but Marti often features sales and volume deals. Don’t forget to pick up the national Mexican team league jersey while you’re there.

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Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

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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: 4.9 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 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...  view more

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

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Mexico City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.