Laying claim to the title of the largest shopping mall in Latin America is Mexico City’s Centro Comercial Santa Fe, which has everything from ice rinks (offering hockey and skating classes) to prestigious brands like Armani and Marc Jacobs that you might one day entertain the idea of spending your next paycheck on. If you were to find yourself caught out by Mexico City’s rainy season, a day trip here wouldn’t be a bad idea; cinemas, restaurants, children’s play areas and almost 300 stores to browse through.
Housed in a building designed by Museo Rufino Tamayo architect Teodoro González de León, the Reforma 222 shopping mall is a glass-covered delight. Spread over four levels, there are shops to suit every budget, ranging from Todo Moda and Bershka, to upmarket cosmetics brands like Mac and high-street Spanish favorite, Zara. Bookstores, a food hall and a cinema make Reforma 222 the full package for anyone looking for a bit of downtime away from Mexico City’s hustle and bustle.
Another upscale shopping center is Perisur, named for its location on the Periférico Sur, in the southwest of Mexico City. While not the largest, it is one of the most important shopping malls in the capital, known as much for its high-end feel as for its extravagant Christmas decorations. Think life-size polar bears and glittering lights. If you get bored of shopping at fancy boutiques, head to one of the integrated cinema’s 20 screens or to any one of the restaurants which range from Japanese to Italian cuisine.
Situated in one of Mexico City’s most iconic skyscrapers is the highly exclusive Paseo Arcos Bosques shopping mall. You’ll find it in the interconnected tower building, just next to the instantly recognizable and appropriately nicknamed ‘El Pantalón’ – The Pants. As well as a Cinépolis cinema, this shopping center plays host to some of the most high-end designers around, such as Swarovski and Lacoste. Sweeping glass walls, shiny floor and high ceilings only add to the upscale feel.
Small but perfectly formed and located in the Coyoacán district, made famous for being the home of Frida Kahlo, is the Centro Coyoacán shopping mall. Originally opened in 1989, and designed by architect Javier Sordo Madaleno, this mall is still going strong today and any number of shops and boutiques can be found inside. From Sephora to Kiehl’s, and Spanish brands Mango and Zara, Centro Coyoacán will suit all budgets and tastes.
Av. Coyoacán 2000, Xoco, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5605 6912
Part of the Galerías brand which also includes the aforementioned Perisur shopping center, is Galerías Insurgentes, with colorful tiled floors and a glass roof. Not as large as the Perisur version, this shopping mall is still a good choice for a rainy Mexico City day and includes a range of stores that will please everyone. Build-A-Bear for the kids, Aeroméxico for the travelers, Bari Swimwear for the beach goers, and plenty of cafés for the worn out shopper to refresh and recharge.
Parroquia 194, Del Valle, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5627 8372