The Latin American countries have always had a great passion for shopping. That’s why there are excellent shopping centers throughout the region, large and with excellent design. In addition the most important fashion brands see this market as one of the fastest growing so they open more and more stores in the region. Here we will tell you about the best malls in Latin America: we will tell you the stores that you can find in each one, why they are important and what make them earn a place in this list.
In Peru is located one of the best malls in Latin America and with which we will begin this list, the Jockey Plaza. It is one of the most visited and recognized in South America, not only for its large size, but for having the most famous fashion brands, restaurants and various play areas for children. We need to start talking about their fashion retailers. There are many and of all kinds, whether it is regional or other international brands (such as Levi’s, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Dockers and Nautica). On the other hand, here is one of the few stores in South America from the world famous luxury brand, Louis Vuitton. That’s not the only high-end brand in Jockey Plaza as there are also Salvatore Ferragamo and Carolina Herrera.
(Mexico City, Mexico)
In our list of the best malls in Latin America you will see that Mexico City is the city that appears the most. And this is because the capital of Mexico has a huge amount of shopping centers. Antara is one of the best in the whole country. It is located in Polanco, the most luxurious district of the city. This is an extremely beautiful place, and if you add that it has excellent shops, it is even better. These include Carolina Herrera, Nike, Sandro, Michael Kors, Nike and AllSaints. Here also opened the first Apple Store in Latin America. Within a walking distance you can go to the luxurious El Palacio de Hierro department store or the Soumaya Museum.
We are still in Mexico, but now we are going to Guadalajara, where Andares is located. This very large mall was made by the same architects that made Antara and others of the best malls in Latin America. That’s why if you visit them you will see that their style is similar. This complex also includes apartment towers, offices and a space for hosting parties and special events. One of its main attractions is its department stores: Liverpool and El Palacio de Hierro. Both are very large and feature the best brands in the fashion world.
But they are not the only stores where you can renew your wardrobe as you can also go to stores like Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Hollister, Tommy Hilfiger, Bimba and Lola (one of the best spanish fashion brands) or Hackett. Andares is also famous for its wide variety of dining options that includes steakhouses, Italian and Mexican restaurants, asian food and more.
Costanera Center draws big crowds every single day of the year for being the mall with the most stores in Chile. Not only is the number, but the high quality of the fashion brands that counts what makes this place very famous in South America. In this six-floor mall there are shops such as Columbia, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Lacoste, Old Navy and the Argentine brand La Martina. There are also Adidas and Calvin Klein plus furniture stores, movie theaters and more. There are also excellent restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe. One of the things that make Costanera Center special is that you can see the city from the heights if you go up to its viewpoint that is located on the top floor of the office tower that is located above the mall.
(Panama City, Panama)
Although Panama is not a very large country, it is a great shopping & vacation destination. Millions of people visit it every year. This is either for business (being a very important city in these issues thanks to the Panama Channel) or for leisure. Not only is here the largest shopping center in the region, the Albrook Mall, but also one of the best malls in Latin America: Multiplaza Panama.
It’s not as big as the other one, but it has incredible stores. The mall host lots of exclusive brands such as Hermès, Zegna, Carolina Herrera, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. Shopping enthusiasts will also love visiting stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, Kate Spade, Psycho Bunny and the Ecco & Florsheim shoe stores.
(Mexico City, Mexico)
If you are a fan of luxury fashion brands and you are in Mexico City, Artz Pedregal is a must visit for you. This open-air mall has the most outstanding shops in the world so you’ll have a great day watching the whole place. Hermès, Gucci, Fendi, Dior, Moncler and Louis Vuitton are some of the most famous. There are many other premium brands such as Lululemon, Harmont & Blaine, Max Mara, Emporio Armani or Coach. You can also eat very well in Artz Pedregal tasting incredible dishes in restaurants such as Suntory, Forneria del Becco, El Bajio or Hunan. There are even sites you don’t find in other shopping centers like an art gallery.
Colombia is one of the countries that stand out in Latin America for its fashion industry. This is because there are very good brands originating from this country. Thanks to this there are many sites for shopping. In Medellin is one of the best and its name is Viva Envigado. It has not been long since it was inaugurated, in 2018. Since then it has become one of the most visited malls in Colombia.
Its size is quite large includes national brands (Studio F, Arturo Calle, Bon Bonite, Gef) as well as other international brands (American Eagle, H&M, Mango, Decathlon). In addition, in 2024, here will open famous IKEA furniture store. Not only are there many shops but there is also an amusement park and a sports area. This is why this is one of the shopping malls that you won’t want to miss if you go to Colombia.
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Unicenter has earned a place not only as one of the best malls in Argentina, but of all Latin America. This place receives millions of visitors every year, since it was opened in 1988. There are many interesting things in the shopping mall. This includes hundreds of shops, a great gym and movie theaters. Some of its best stores are Tommy Hilfiger, Rapsodia (one of the most famous Argentine fashion brands) Original Penguin, Salomon and Zara. You can also go to Landmark, a very good department store.
Centro Santa Fe
(Mexico City, Mexico)
As we said before, Mexico City is the place with the most malls in Latin America. Among these, Centro Santa Fe is the largest of all. It has hundreds of shops and you can expect to find everything. Whether it’s movie theaters, clothing stores, restaurants, furniture stores, a supermarket or department stores. There is even an ice rink, a casino and an interactive city for children.
Some of the retailers that you will find in Centro Santa Fe includes Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani Exchange or Birkenstock. Luxury stores are here too and among these stand out Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo or Dolce & Gabbana. In Centro Santa Fe there are more than 30 sit down restaurants so your only problem will be choosing where to eat.
(Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Although it is not the capital city of the country, Sao Paulo is the best city for shopping in Brazil. There are many important shopping centers in the city, but one of the most outstanding is Iguatemi. Something that makes this one one of the best malls in Latin America is its large amount of high-end brands. Some of these are Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Christian Louboutin, Gucci or Burberry, among many others.
If you do not have a very large budget you should not worry as there are other cheaper stores. The mall is large in size and has a simple but at the same time elegant design, that does not clash with the kind of shops it houses. In addition to its many stores, there are also movie theatres and excellent restaurants such as Rodeio Steakhouse, Bottega Bernacca and Le Jazz.
La Isla Cancún
There is no doubt that Cancun is one of the favorite cities to go on holiday in Latin America for its incredible beaches. But on top of that it also has several places where you can go shopping. The best of all is La Isla. This mall not only has the best of fashion, but also various leisure & entertainment venues. It also has a very cool design which includes water canals in the middle of the mall. There are from fast fashion brands to designer name stores, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Here you can go shopping at Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Dutti, H&M or GAP, plus dozens of other options. As we said before, Cancun Island is not all about shopping. This is because there are several places to have fun. These include a location of the famous Ripley Museum, a Ferris Wheel, an aquarium and much more.
Plaza Las Américas
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
We will finish the list of the best malls in Latin America in Puerto Rico, where Plaza Las Americas is still their top shopping destination. This was the first modern shopping mall in the Caribbean, plus there is no other larger in the entire region. It opened its doors for the first time more than 50 years ago. After expansions and renovations continues to be an excellent place to relax and have fun. Even his catchphrase is: “The Center of Everything”.
Their retail offer is very similar to malls in United States. For example, its anchor stores are Macy’s, Sears and JCPenney, as well as having the discount stores, Marshalls and Burlington. There are many other brands from North America like Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico’s, Express and Banana Republic. But there are also Spanish stores such as Mango, Springfield or Zara as well as local owned brands.