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.
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.
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!
By Lauren Cocking