Bite, See or Buy ©

Walking & Shopping Tour

with Brunch, Big Stores & Folk Art

Mexico City

Come eat, see or buy Mexico's unique food, art, handicrafts or souvenirs in the Historic Center, a World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a drink along a full Mexican buffet brunch before we show you the original and unique Mexican goodies and products at Mexico's finest and most famous stores, shops and markets while we admire the beautiful and unique settings.
From the time the first department store opened in 1847 to the modern, gentrified settings of fine shopping arcades you will be able to admire or acquire Mexico's exceptional selection and diversity of exclusive merchandise and souvenirs.

$63 USD per person

Daily 10:00 AM

from our meeting point

next to Zócalo, the main square.

By reservation only.

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In this 1.5 mile, 4.5 hour walking tour, you will have a true Mexican brunch, visit Mexico's top stores, the beautiful Folk Art Museum and the largest Handicraft Market in the city. 
 

From the architecture of the oldest Department Store, opened in 1847, to the most vibrant handicraft market, Mexico City has it all for just browsing, the avid shopper or souvenir collector.
 

We will have a true full Mexican buffet brunch atop the oldest department store with an option of a Margarita, Tequila Sunrise or Dry Martini, in a beautiful open-air setting overlooking the other department stores' domes at the city's main shopping hub at the heart of the Historic Center.
 

Afterwards, we will come down flying seven stories of escalators to discover the delicacies of Mexican candy and native chocolates before browsing the extensive selection of Tequilas and other Mexican wines and liqueurs at the two finest, most beautiful and oldest stores in town; Liverpool & El Palacio de Hierro.
 

At the old department store hub we will admire the 1909 architecture of the main Dutch C&A store, along the unique building of La Parisina fabrics store, formerly El Puerto de Veracruz, before we dash through the 300 feet-long corridors of El Nuevo Mundo with its magnificent view of Zócalo, the main square.
 

Across the street, we will see the beautiful facade of the old Centro Mercantil store, now the elegant Mexico City Grand Hotel. Before the next stop at the huge tile facade of the old El Correo Francés, now a giant Nike Factory Store, we will learn of the sites of the old and famous Astor, Blanco and París Londres stores, now gone. The beautiful architecture of Boker Haus, the old German emporium will follow after sighting possibly the smallest McDonald's ever.
 

Half a block away we will enter the magnificent former Palace of the Counts of Miravalle (The Shops At Downtown), full of hotels, restaurants and an arcade of top Mexican specialty stores like Pineda-Covalín silk designers, Punta del Cielo coffee, Dulce Almacén candy shop, Qué Bó chocolatiers, Oro de Monte Albán jeweliers and Chilipines spicers, among a couple of dozen others.
 

The amazing old and modern architecture of the three buildings of Spanish retailers Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka is a sight not to miss on Madero, the pedestrian high-street, before arriving at the recently renovated old building of H&M, the Swedish retailer. On the way, we will pass by tens of stores like The Old Navy and Forever 21.
 

The next stop is Sanborns at the House of Tiles. This landmark and unique Mexican retailer's flagship store boosts restaurants, bars and soda fountains among a selection of modern merchandise and Mexican art in the fully tile-covered former Palace of the Counts of Orizaba. The waitresses still flaunt their uniforms designed in 1903.
 

Past a giant Sears store, we will come across Chinatown and a selection of souvenir shops before we arrive at Mercado Independencia, a unique gastro-arcade with 25 joints offering modern Mexican concoctions that go from flower-spiced dishes to herbal teas to local draft beers.
 

The Old Fire Station comes next, it has now been converted into the beautiful Museum of Popular Art, full of the most beautiful handicrafts from all over the country, many of which you will be able to buy at its big souvenir shop or a the final destination of the tour, La Ciudadela Market, the biggest and most specialized one for Mexican folk art and handicrafts in town.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LANGUAGE

Bite, See or Buy Tour is given in English. 

YOUR TOUR HOST​

Your host will be wearing a yellow shirt and cap. All of our hosts are local natives from Mexico City, speak at least two languages and have different college degrees related to the tours, are trained in first aid procedures and are willing to help you with those special questions that may arise on your visit. Some of our hosts are also nationally licensed tour guides.

 

SCHEDULE / WEATHER / DETOURS

Arrive on time, our visit begins at 10:00 AM on the dot, we will appreciate if you show up 15 minutes in advance. Tour ends at 2:30 PM.
The duration of our tour is approximately 4.5 hours, rain or shine, depending on the size of the group. In case of rain, our tour will make its best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforseen closure of streets or venues, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route. 

THE TOUR

On this tour you will discover the Department Store Hub of Mexico City's Historic Center, high-street, shops and arcades with popular and famous Mexican merchandise and foods at the heart of the country while visiting the famous House of Tiles, the Museum of Popular Art and the biggest handicraft market at La Ciudadela.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

In case of venue or street closures, we are always prepared with an alternate and equivalent route as we may never guarantee the access to private independent businesses.

END POINT / FACILITIES / TRANSPORTATION

This visit does not return to the starting point; Tour ends at La Ciudadela handicraft market between Metro or Metrobús' Juárez or Balderas stations. Your host will always remain with you until he makes sure everyone has the right directions and/or help for their next destination.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

In case you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP in writing or, if on same day, by phone at +52 (55) 1355-2122 (whatsapp-enabled). In case we have to miss you, we will be very grateful if you save us extra efforts. If you don't cancel and don't show up for the tour, we will understand that you are forfeiting your right to any refund and to re-book. There are no refunds on partial and/or full advance payments for paid or private tours if you don't cancel at least seven days before the tour. If you cancel at least seven days in advance, there will be a 20% processing fee charge.    

VERY IMPORTANT

The price of this tour includes your tour guide, a full 45 minute brunch buffet, juice and coffee, a single optional alcoholic drink, brunch tips and the entrance fee to the Museum of Popular Art, Museo de Arte Popular (MAP) per person, only. All of your shopping is strictly your responsibility to select, choose, pay for it and/or shipment. If any transaction takes more time than normal, the group will proceed with the visit after informing you how to catch up with the group later. At the end of the tour, once your tour guide leaves, you will have plenty of time to shop at the market or to go back to other places on your own. 

 

IMPORTANT

 

1. Tour is by reservation only.  
2. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and come as light as possible, this is one long walk.
3. Wear something to protect you from the sun; cap, shades, sunscreen, even if it's cloudy.
4. Bring a camera, we love to show you little treasures.
5. Be willing to have some fun as we explore dozens of stores, some dating back between 172 and 116 years at least.

Bite, See or Buy ©

Walking & Shopping Tour

with Brunch, Big Stores & Folk Art

Mexico City

$63 USD per person

Daily 10:00 AM

from our meeting point

next to Zócalo, the main square.

By reservation only.

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