Mexico: Shopping Holiday
A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones
Mexico has a vast shopping culture with a great deal of emphasis on folk art and hand made crafts making it an excellent shopping holiday destination. A shopping holiday in Mexico will take you to street vendors, open air markets, boutiques, supermarkets and malls. Mexico is a country filled with cultural intersections, making it a shopper’s paradise. From upscale boutiques to traditional handicrafts, from copper and silver ware to folk art, Mexico has it all. Popular open air markets in Mexico City where you can pick up traditional clothes, handicrafts and much more include La Ciudedala, La Lagunilla and Plaza del Buen Tono.
The markets of San Cristóbal de las Casas deep in the heart of the Maya highlands, has shops, open plazas, and markets that sell distinctive waist-loomed wool and cotton textiles, leather shoes, local pottery, genre dolls, and Guatemalan textiles. A shopping holiday in Mexico is incomplete without a visit to the festive Saturday market known as Bazar del Sábadoin in and around Plaza San Jacinto in colonial San Angel, one of Mexico City's more exclusive southern neighborhoods, offers exceptional crafts of a more sophisticated nature than you'll see in most mercados. Furnishings, antiques, and collectibles are also easy to find in surrounding shops and street plazas. Polanco, in Mexico City is known for its designer boutiques, formal dress shops, fine jewelers, and leather-goods offerings. Taxco is Mexico’s silver capital and the city is lined with shops selling everything in silver, from jewelry to utensils to souvenirs.
For fine crafts and handicrafts head to San Miguel de Allende and Pátzcuaro where you will find beautiful cotton textiles, woodcarvings, pottery, lacquer ware, woven straw pieces, and copper items in the market, or you can track the object to its source in one of the nearby villages.