Mexico City has shopping for everyone. There are well-known international designer boutiques along Polanco’s main drag and young punks hang outs at the eclectic Tianguis del Chopo market. Little tiendas serve as convenience stores on practically every corner. Shopping hours usually start at around 10 or 11 am until 8 to 10 pm, 7 days a week. Here is a short guide of where to shop for what:
Bartering is a fine art that is engaged in frequently at the many markets. Mexican traders do love a good barter, but beware devalue their goods as they are often the craftsmen and devaluing their goods is a personal insult. Speaking Spanish, even broken Spanish, will help secure a better bargain. A good rule of thumb is to never accept the first price you're offered, and expect at least a 25% discount. If you're happy with the quality and price of an item, then you are getting a good deal.