Travelling to Mexico City and not visiting the downtown area is unfair, usually known as an area for specialized retailers. It is a stopover for those interested in purchasing good products at comparatively lower costs than the main city.
The streets in the downtown area famous for their variety of stores, yarn shops and hardware shops. The Mercado La Merced is a smaller, but an older version of the Central de Abastos (wholesale market) specialising in fresh flowers.
Calle Dolores’s one block is famous as Mexico City’s Chinatown. A number of stores located in that block sell imported knick-knacks and lacquered Peking duck in restaurants. City’s Zona Rosa neighbourhood located just at a stone's throw is home to numerous blocks that represent Koreatown of Mexico City, having many Korean restaurants, shops and video rental shops.