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This market is perhaps one of the zone’s most highly and warmly recommended shopping destinations, particularly for visitors to the city and those who are just passing through. That’s because the Mercado Insurgentes de Artesanías y Platería, as the name suggests, is the perfect place to pick up a gift or souvenir for yourself or loved ones back home. From traditional sarapes to stereotypical sombreros and all kinds of ceramic and silver goods, you’re sure to find something.
Marika Vera designs some of Mexico’s most elegant and sensual female clothing and underwear, and although the prices reflect her high concept, high quality fashion line, you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks – and you might have spent almost as much. With many designs inspired by erotica writer Anaïs Nin, all her pieces are cut in ways that leave just the right amount to the imagination. If you happen to be passing through Mexico City around Valentine’s Day, this might just be the boutique to check out.
Marika Vera, Praga 44, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 8530 4516
If you’d rather shop for homeware than underwear, then we instead recommend heading to Rococo. Named, we imagine, for the art and architecture movement of the same name, you’ll find designs inspired by European sensibilities of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as some more up-to-date, contemporary pieces that would fit in any home. As well as gorgeous designs, they also work with local artisans to ensure that you’re getting top quality products, and they’re getting fair recognition.
Rococo, Havre 64, Juárez, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5207 4098
While Mercado Insurgentes is the ideal spot to pick up souvenirs, La Plaza del Ángel covers everything else you might need to buy while in the Zona Rosa. This shopping centre, situated in the very heart of the area, is filled to the brim with antique stores that will have you enthralled for hours. Approximately 50 stores in Plaza del Ángel deal in this antigüedades and you can even have restoration work carried out in some of them too. Go on Saturdays when you get the added bonus of the weekly tianguis.
Sex shops are dotted all around the Zona Rosa and Sentidos is undoubtedly one of the best to check out if you’re interested in picking up some pieces or just experiencing something new. From fancy dress to raunchy lingerie (which ranges from the durable to the edible), you could even grab yourself a new vibrator in quite literally any size, shape or colour that you like. While it may not seem a typical stop-off on a foreign city jaunt, you’re unlikely to leave with regrets – or empty handed.
Sentidos, Calle Genova 73, Juárez, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5208 1690
Another sex store that’s a classic of the Zona Rosa is Erotika Love Store. While it’s not got the classiest (or most inventive) name, it is a stalwart of the neighbourhood and makes a great place to pass half an hour out of either necessity or curiosity. With toys and treats for couples both gay and straight, edible underwear, and blow up dolls, there will be something to suit you, for sure.
As well as being known as one of the best zones in Mexico City for LGBTQ people, the Zona Rosa is also the city’s Korean neighbourhood. As you can imagine, the food you’ll find there is amazing, but there are also a handful of Korean beauty stores where you can get your hands on the latest social media friendly products. One of the better options is TonyMoly, which also has an online store if you want to do a preliminary browse.