Bargaining is an important part of
shopping at most of the places you can go to in Juarez. In general, stores
in the major shopping centers do not bargain on price. Most other stores will
negotiate, but only if you ask. It's difficult for us to say what stores have
the best prices, this is dependent upon your skills and stamina. Good Luck!
A landmark next to landmark.
Casa Mendoza has been located directly behind the City Market since 1942.
This large curio store features jewelry, pottery, Mexican dolls, Indian arts,
onyx, blown glass, and clay ceramic pots. It's still owned by the Mendoza Family,
who does its best to keep the tradition of siestas alive. The store is closed
from 2:30 to 3:30 every afternoon. It's open daily except on Sunday.
Casa Ofiate- 1800 block Av. 16th de Septiembre
Their business card says it's the
biggest shopping center and the nicest store in Juarez. Neither is true,
but there is a large selection of leather goods available. Leather purses,
wallets, jackets, luggage, and even golf bags are stocked, along with saddles,
silver and turquoise jewelry, and some craft items. Located in the 1800 block
of Av. 16th de Septiembre, Casa Ofiate is a trolley stop midway between the Plaza
de Las Americas and the City Market. If you're looking for leather, it's worth
the visit. Open Monday thru Saturday, 9am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm. Credit Cards
City Market- Av. 16th de Septiembre,
about a one mile walk from the Santa Fe Bridge.
This is the magnet that attracts most
of the tourists. With a large main floor and a second story balcony filled
with booths, you will find arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, rugs and blankets,
piņatas, and all the other typical tourist items. Be prepared to be begged and
pleaded to stop at every booth. Haggled over price is expected, don't ever tell
anyone if you paid the first price mentioned. It is generally assumed that the
best prices on typical tourist merchandise can be found here at the market.
Outside is a patio where you can stop for a cold one and, if you have the stomach,
a plate of tacos. Even outside you will be accosted by children and adults hawking
all kinds of goodies. There are also quite a few other stores surrounding the market.
It's located on Av. 16th de Septiembre and about a one mile walk from the Santa Fe
Bridge. It's also one of the last stops on the El Paso - Juarez Trolley route.
Here's the kind of tourist tip you won't find everywhere. Bring your own toilet
paper, or else you will pay a few cents per sheet from an attendant outside the
Cauahtemoc Market- 2 blocks west
on Av. 16th de Septiembre from the intersection of Ave. Juarez. and Ave. 16th
The City Market is for tourists,
the Cuauhtemoc Market if for Juarenses. Located just southwest of the Our
Lady of Guadalupe Mission. This is a bustling market like, you will find in
larger cities and towns in Mexico and Central America. The 3-story market
building features small restaurants on the main floor and shops on the upper
floors. Outside is a bustling open - air food market with fruits, vegetables,
meats, cheese, etc. Finding someone who speaks English is difficult, but, since
it's more just a place to go to observe, communication may not be that important.
If you are nervous about just visiting Juarez, this probably isn't a place for you
to visit. If you are a little more adventurous and want a true picture of a Mexican
market, it's worth seeing. We did here that pickpockets work the area, so be
careful. From Av. Juarez and Av. 16th de Septiembre, go west 2 blocks on Av. 16th
de Septiembre, past the church, then one block south.
Decor- Corner of Ave. Ignacio
Mejia and Ave. Lincoln
This 3-story store is another Juarez
landmark. Mexican made furniture is now the focus on the first and second
floors with glass and ceramics, plus gold and silver jewelry mixed in. The
enclosed glass factory on the third floor features a viewing window wher you
can watch artesans create hand-blown glass pieces. Good prices and shipping
is available. At the corner of Av. Ignacio Mejia and Av. Lincoln. Open daily
from 10am - 6pm. Credit Cards are accepted.
Duty Free Mexico
- Av. 16th de Septiembre #531, near the City Market.
- Av. Juarez #378, near the Santa Fe Bridge.
- Pueblito Mexicano Mall Juarez Airport
These stores specialize in
perfumes and colognes, plus Swarovski crystal. Lladro porcelain
figurines, TAG Heuer watches, Mont Blanc pens and fine liqueurs.
Prices are substantially below US retail, usually 25% - 40%.
El Patio- Lincoln #787
This store is a tradition in
Juarez. Look for the wrought iron Volkswagen Beetle parked out front.
El Patio carries mostly larger items that you will find at the markets
such as furniture, lamps, tile, and antiques. There is also a little
market section with Mexican arts and crafts. Personnel can arrange shipping
of large items via UPS or truck lines, so you don't have to worry about
hauling your goodies back. Open daily.
A Market- Ave. Lopez Mateos #479 Norte
This Mexican arts and crafts store is
located on Av. Lopez Mateos, on the El Paso - Juarez Trolley route. It's a
relatively large store with Indian blankets, rugs, Mexican dresses, pottery,
onyx, jewelry, leather jackets, and boots. The prices are good and the location
near the Plaza de las Americas makes it a good choice for finding typical Mexican
items. Wholesale and retail prices. Open daily from 8:30am - 8pm.
If you walk across the bridge at
the south end of Santa Fe Street in El Paso and into Juarez, you will be
on Juarez Avenue. This is the main tourist strip. For a one-half mile
stretch to Av. 16th de Septiembre, both sides of the street are filled with
small shops, restaurants, nightclubs, the Juarez Sports Book, pharmacies,
and liquor stores. During the day you see lots of tourists and locals roaming
the streets. The stores contain good bargains and some of the more well-known
restaurants like Nuevo Martino and The Florida are here. You will also find
taxis just across the bridge that can take you to other parts of town. From
the base of the bridge, it's only a 3/4 mile walk to the city or Cuauhtemoc
markets. At night the bars come to life. The crowd after dark is primarily
teenagers and young adults. The police are active in the evening but trouble
sometimes occurs. A block or two west of the Juarez strip are the more seedy
bars and clubs.
Drugs, the legal ones, are often
25% - 40% less in Mexico than in the US. Prescriptions are not needed for
things like Tagamet and antibiotics. Most are made by Mexican subsidiaries
of the large multinational pharmaceuticals so quality control is good. Access
is good, there seems to be a pharmacy on every corner. Two that cater to
tourists are the Rio Grande Pharmacy on Av. 16th de Septiembre near the City
Market and Farmacias Nacional on Av. Juarez, just across the Santa Fe Bridge.
US Customs regulations state that you can only carry the amount of a prescription
for personal use back into the US, and that you should have a copy of the
Plaza de Las Americas Mall-Ave. Lincoln near Ave. Ignacio Mejia
This modern mall, with marble floors,
huge sky lights, a 3-screen movie theater, and even an ice skating rink
resembles a new American Mall. The stores are an assortment of those catering
to locals and visitors. The large S-Mart grocery store is an interesting place
to browse and see the similarities and differences with US stores. The mall is
in an area near the bridge of the Americas that is frequently still called the
Pronaf. The old Pronaf market area was torn down in the early 1990's and replaced
by this modern mall. If you go to Juarez via motorized transportation: you car,
a tour company, the trolley, or a taxi, this area makes an excellent "base camp."
Within a few blocks of the mall you will find several stores selling Mexican crafts
and furniture, plus museums, local restaurants, and several American fast food
restaurants including Burger King, McDonalds, and Church's Chicken. The ice rink,
Pista de Las Americas, opened in 1994, and offers public skating everyday with
afternoon and evening hours. On a recent visit we found no one skating and the
ice in extremely poor condition.
Pueblito Mexicano Mall-1 Mile south of the Bridge of the Americas.
Just one mile south of the Bridge
of the Americas, this three year old mall has yet to live up to its potential.
Built to resemble a Mexican Village, the indoor courtyard looks like the town
plaza with shops and restaurants around the perimeter. It is a beautiful
building with stained glass windows and intricate stone work, but its occupancy
rate has probably never exceeded 50%. There are a few good curio shops and
restaurants, plus a good-sized grocery store. Look for the tall clock tower
as you enter the first commercial district driving south from the bridge.
Free parking is available.
Rio Grande Mall-Lopez Mateos and Ave. Triunfo de la Republica.
This moderate-sized mall in central
Juarez is a relatively typical middle class Mexican shopping center. The
largest tenants are the grocery store and department store. Others include
jewelry, shoe, curio, and clothing stores. The bakery and tortillaria on
the south side of the mall sell Mexican pastries and corn tortillas hot from
the oven and are priced for the locals.