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Where To Buy Traditional Mexican Clothing In Mexico City

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 18 September 2016
People don’t usually come to Mexico City specifically for the shopping – in fact, Mexicans tend to cross the border to the US to pick up branded goods. Nevertheless, travelers more often than not leave laden down with bags of traditional, handcrafted garments. From the classic huipil, a ubiquitous piece of clothing in Mexico and Guatemala, to Huichol beaded products, there are any number of ‘traditional’ styles of clothing to choose from, but here are the top seven places you’ll definitely want to check out.

MARKETS

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La Ciudadela

The one-stop Mexico City shop, or should that be market, La Ciudadela is a well-known handicraft destination for travelers and locals alike. Wandering round the countless stalls takes hours, as you stop to fawn over Oaxacan alebrijes and tin mirrors from San Miguel de Allende. This is an excellent option if you’re on the hunt for handcrafted clothing however, as it’s known for its wide selection of huipils, blouses, shirts and dresses. Make sure you negotiate and shop around though, as the first price almost certainly won’t be the lowest.

Av Balderas s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Ciudad de México, México

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Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán

If you’re looking for clothing and accessories, then the Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán is the perfect place to be. Famed for being the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán now has numerous shopping options. By far the most popular remains this artisanal market though, situated right of the Jardín Centenario. Handwoven bags, pillowcases from Chiapas and Huichol beading can all be found here, along with a ton of other products that you’ll find hard to resist.

Felipe Carrillo Puerto 25, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, México

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Bazaar Sábado

Our final market option is the legendary Bazaar Sábado, which only opens (unsurprisingly) on Saturdays. These sprawling tianguis are located just off from one of Mexico City’s nicest plazas and stock handcrafted designs from individual sellers and even better known designers such as Carla Fernández. From 9am to 6pm, you can get lost in this maze of stalls and pick up basically any quirky piece of handcrafted clothing you want. An unmissable Mexico City experience.

San Jacinto 11, Álvaro Obregón, San Ángel, Ciudad de México, México


STORES


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FONART

One of the most reliable places to buy handcrafted, genuine artisanal products in Mexico is FONART. While the majority of handicrafts are sold on street stalls and in roaming tianguis, this chain of stores brings together various different styles of folk art and traditional clothing from a variety of indigenous communities, before selling them at fixed prices in government owned stores. While the prices are non-negotiable, the quality is assured, plus you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’re helping promote the survival of these dying traditions.

Paseo de la Reforma 116, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5546 7163

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Pineda Covalin

A popular Mexican export is the Pineda Covalin brand. With boutiques all across the world – from Mexico to Chile, the US to Colombia, and even Lebanon, they take inspiration from traditional Mexican fashion and repurpose it on more modern designs, all while working in partnership with artists, craftspeople and institutions to do so. For bold patterns and reliably quality products, Pineda Covalin makes a great option if you’re on the hunt for traditional styles.

Calle Isabel la Católica 30, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5510 4421

Pineda Covalin | Courtesy of Pineda Covalin

Pineda Covalin | Courtesy of Pineda Covalin

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Fábrica Social

Rather strangely sharing an address with the aforementioned Pineda Covalin, Fábrica Social is one of the city’s best boutiques offering handcrafted, established designs. Mixing commercial trends with traditional techniques and patterns, they operate on a fair trade philosophy, bringing together Mexican women to both learn new craft basics and continue developing their own textile skills. Overall, they work with eight distinct Mexican communities to produce the products which can be bought in their two Mexico City branches (the second branch is in La Roma).

Calle Isabel la Católica 30, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, México

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Casa de Luna

Finally, another Coyoacán-based option is Casa de Luna, a gorgeous fair trade store which sells all manner of local, artisanal products. From jewelry to textiles to typical Mexican clothing, they have it all. This place is perfect if you want to branch out from just clothes too, as they also stock ceramics from Tzintzuntzan and products from San Miguel de Allende. Either way, all of the products sold in the ground floor store are exquisitely crafted and incredibly well curated.

Francisco Ortega 23, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5659 7325