The 5 Best Shops In San Ángel, Mexico City

Handcrafted goods
Handcrafted goods | © katiebordner/Flickr

Northern England Writer

San Ángel has been likened to a quieter version of quaint Coyoacán, less frequented by tourists but with all the allure and charm of the more popular neighborhood, and its own tourist hotspot in the form of the Bazar Sábado. It even has its own claim to Frida and Diego fame, although it’s Diego’s house that can be found in this barrio. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the five best shops to stop by next time you decide to check out this up-and-coming neighborhood.

1. Happening Store

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One of the most highly recommended stores in the San Ángel area is Happening Store. Stocking a selection of clothes by predominantly Mexican, local designers, this quirky boutique-style store has a selection of products from clothing and accessories to footwear and even furniture. As well as the ground floor store, the first floor also has a gallery that you can check out after purchasing or while you’re mulling over what to buy.

2. Velvet Oak

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Velvet Oak is a store with several branches across Mexico City, including one in Altavista, San Ángel. In this store you can find womenswear that covers the three main bases; shoes, clothing and accessories. They have the latest trends and even some branded products, such as New Balance trainers. This isn’t the place to go if you want handcrafted, artisanal products, but if you’re just looking to shop it’s a great option!

3. Amorosa Pasión

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San Ángel
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On the other hand, Amorosa Pasión is a one-of-a-kind store situated in the San Ángel region of Mexico City. Easily recognizable for its purple painted façade and the hand-drawn angel wings that frame the door, this store stocks beautiful handcrafted goods and traditional Mexican items, such as shawls and jewelry. This shop could definitely be considered eclectic, but it’s worth checking out for its selection of Mexican-themed products.

4. Amanoarte


Although you can pick up traditional clothing at the Bazar Sábado, another San Ángel option (that will be less crowded by tourists and locals) is Amanoarte, which is a play on the words a mano (by hand) and arte (art). As you might have guessed, here you can buy handcrafted pieces of clothing and art, the sales of which go towards preserving the traditions associated with their production and helping the indigenous communities they come from.

Amanoarte, Amargura 5, Local 7, Álvaro Obregón, San Ángel, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 4075 6466

Handcrafted goods | © katiebordner/Flickr

5. Dr. Martens Altavista

Dr. Martens Altavista

Finally, if you’re looking to invest in a solid and reliable pair of Dr. Martens during your stay in Mexico, then you can do so in San Ángel. This was only the brand’s second Mexico City branch – the first was in the more popular and hipster Roma neighborhood – and so it has definitely garnered a lot of attention, especially as it stocked some previously online-only options. In all fairness, with the walking you’ll be doing across the city, picking up a pair of Dr. Martens really wouldn’t be a bad idea!

Dr. Martens Altavista, Av. Altavista 39, San Ángel, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5550 4983

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