The Perisur shopping center is one of the first mega-malls in greater Mexico City. It was the very largest when it opened in 1980 and remained so for many years thereafter. Technically in Coyoacán, it’s also broadly considered to be one of the key landmarks in the Pedregal area.
The shopping center is generally home to about 230 retailers. Many of these are quite posh. Shops include those for clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, and more. At least a dozen restaurants and some 25 fast-food joints are generally operating here too.
Among the most important anchors here are the Cinépolis movie cinema, which includes an IMAX theater and a 19-screen multiplex. Perisur is also home to Liverpool, Sears, and Palacio de Hierro department stores.
According to Chilango magazine, in the late seventies, Televisa magnate Emilio Azcárraga Milmo (1930-1997) originally transferred the land for the mall to the developers. This was in payment for construction debt that resulted from the building of the Estadio Azteca (opened 1966).
Travelers making their way across the University City (CU) and the landmarks around the UNAM campus will find Perisur at the southernmost point of the area. Metrobús line 1 includes a station called Perisur just after its two stops in CU. Importantly, the Cuicuilco archaeological site is caddy-corner across the Insurgentes Sur / Periferico intersection.