The 10 best shops in Mexico City

Some are new ventures with a fresh approach, others are well established shops on Mexico Cityā€™s creative scene with a loyal clientele
Foto: Alejandra Carbajal
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Mexico City was named World Design Capital 2018 by the World Design Organisation, thanks to the creative buzz that’s found across the city. If you’re keen to discover what’s on offer in Mexico City’s best shops, including both local and international options, and want to avoid browsing in the same stores that are found in every shopping centre, this selection is just for you.

Here you’ll find luxurious boutiques in Polanco and concept stores in Roma and Condesa, along with smaller places which promote local design and old mansions which are now home to vintage and second-hand clothing. In other words, you’ll find something for every taste, style and budget.

Shops you have to visit in Mexico City

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Void

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VOID, a vintage store that offers luxury clothing and accessories with a story. The house is divided into five themed rooms. First, the American-cowboy, a room that protects old wonders in leather and suede, all curated by the owners. A few steps away is the print room: Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and Mick Jagger greet you from the covers of magazines and diaries of the 60s and 70s like, Creem and Melody Maker. When you climb the stairs, you’ll find a dream come true: a room full of clothes and accessories Chanel and Hermès - luxury at its best. 

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Lago DF Masaryk

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The Regina Barrios and Alessandro Cerruti (founders of Caravana Americana) project is growing at an immense rate and with it, doors are opening for a large number of Latin American designers to have a presence in Mexican luxury sector. Upon entering, you’ll realize that this is the home of the most exclusive domestic and international brands around. There are pieces by Carla Fernández, 1/8 Takamura, Simple by Trista, Cynthia Butenkeppler and Zii Ropa. The boutique only has five international brands. But, the one that stole our hearts - and attention - is Metier Crafts, an Ecuadorian company that produces the famous Panama hats. 

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The Shops at Downtown

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Downtown Hotel is one of Mexico City’s favorite boutique hotels. Not only does it have a rooftop bar with a pool that is perfect for celebrating parties and birthdays, it also has an exclusive shopping area with more than 20 Mexican design stores simply named, The Shops. Here, you can find boutiques specialized in fashion, art, culture, gastronomy and design. Like, Syra Canús, Pineda Covalín, Social Factory, Flora María, Serra Workshop, Parakara Gallery, Purple Snail, Carla Fernández, Mongo and Harto Diseño Mexicano, and many others that offer clothing made by Mexican artisans from Chiapas, Guerrero, Puebla and Oaxaca. All of which employ a fair-trade policy. 

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Carla FernƔndez

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Carla Fernández opened her boutique directly in front of Monica Patiños spot, Delirio. Here, you can find all of her signature items that have garnered her international recognition. Like the famous designs which with she pays homage to architect Luis Barragán. Every detail of the store is meticulously cared for, from the position of the clothing, to the way in which the milling bracelets, made by the artisan Juan Alonso, are displayed on sideboards. This store is like a review of the designer’s career. 

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Shopping, Design and interiors

La Metropolitana

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Located between the Juarez neighborhood and the Historic City Center, La Metropolitana is a multidisciplinary space specializing in architecture, interior design, furniture and graphic design.  This workshop/office/showroom has much of its production line up for sale. You’ll find benches and chairs from the "Union" collection, accessories such as vases and picture frames from distributor New Order, handbags, pencil holders... a tiny universe that ranges from small trinkets to large interior design and architecture projects. 

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Raquel Orozco

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The fashion industry in Mexico is growing at an impressive pace. If you need proof, just take a look at how easy it is to find Mexican talent all of the city, from bazaars and pop up stores, to showrooms and boutiques. A chief example being, Raquel Orozco. A designer who is known for creating elegant and ultra-feminine garments. Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Mexico City, Raquel Orozco's boutique is a dream for women who love floral prints and are not afraid to wear ruffled clothes or long dresses with flowing fabrics. 

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Sandra Weil

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Sandra Weil started her namesake brand in 2008. She started with the idea of ​​creating high fashion dresses; however, after three years, she launched her ready-to-wear line. Sandra's style is inspired by geometric shapes, colors and textures of fabrics influenced by the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German architect who built the Bauhaus school in 1930. The result is collections that combine simplicity and design. 

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Stendhal Store

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Minimalist, urban and androgynous are the words that best describe this concept store created by sisters Regina and Gladys Vega. Located in the heart of the Polanco neighborhood, this store is not governed by gender or age; everything they sell can be worn by both men and women. Most of the brands are Mexican, like 1/8 Takamura, The Pack, Mancandy, Ocelote and Agüero, and there are some foreign pieces by Jeffrey Campbell, Eleven Paris, Marmanuel and Ready to Die. 

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Utilitario Mexicano

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Three years ago, Libya Moreno and Enrique Arellano had the idea of ​​creating a space that would represent Mexico, especially the homes and traditional domestic Mexican products. Enter, their shop in the Juarez neighborhood. This spot houses more than 1,500 objects, most of them utensils that fuse the artisanal and industrial. This store also stimulates the Mexican market since all its products are made in small workshops in Mexico City. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

Happening Store

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Designers Cynthia Yee and Bárbara Betanzos are the owners of a new concept on the south side which seeks to support local talent with a selection of the most representative designers of the emerging Mexican scene. The pieces range from clothing and footwear to accessories and furniture. The pieces range from clothing and footwear to accessories and furniture. And the second floor is designed to serve as a gallery, where they’ll show collective exhibitions of photographs, illustrations and paintings. 

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