We recently had the pleasure (I use that term loosely because I HATE shopping!) of going to Antea Lifestyle Center in the suburbs of Querétaro. Antea is tagged as the second largest shopping mall in Mexico- but a quick Google search tells me that there seems to be some debate over which city has the biggest (or even second biggest) mall in Mexico! Fear not, this post is not only about the glorious Antea Mall itself, but rather we hope to change people’s perception of Mexico on a bit larger scale.
Believe it or not, some people actually think that Mexico does not even have malls, much less “Lifestyle Centers”! For our readers that have spent a lot of time in Mexico, you know that Mexico arguably has some incredible malls! To many of our other amigos that have only visited Puerto Vallarta, this fact may be extremely surprising.
“But Greg, I don’t want to go to a mall when I’m in Mexico, I want to live like the locals live!”
I get it, if you have a week vacation planned I do not suggest you go check out the incredible malls in Mexico City or Querétaro. On the other hand, going to a mall in Mexico City may be one of the most Chilango (a slang term for people from CDMX) things I can think of!
Mexico is in a very unique situation.
Mexico is full of history, traditions, and culture. Alongside this history and culture is an emerging middle class that wants to shop, dine, entertain by all the niceties of the year 2018. While shopping malls and nice movie theatres are not uniquely Mexican like pozole and Dia de Muertos or “The Day of the Dead” I believe the great thing about Mexico is being able to enjoy both the history of Mexico and the emerging modernity.
The problem is money.
Mexico has a middle class that makes up around 60% of the population. While that number has grown since the early 1900’s, it still means 40% of the population is living in poverty.
My hope is that the middle class of Mexico can grow, the wealth disparity can shrink, and more of Mexico’s citizens can come to enjoy both sides of Mexico.
While exploring the history, culture, and traditions of Mexico is extremely important, we also encourage you to broaden your horizon to different, more modern facets of Mexico. The great thing about Mexico is that this country truly is what you make it (provided you have a middle class income or above). If you want to live in a modern condo building and enjoy the art and music scene of Mexico City, you can. If you want to live in a sleepy Pueblo Mágico without ever stepping food in a building with air conditioning, you can do that too! Get to know all sides of Mexico so that you can find the unique way in which you can live and interact within your community.