Antigua is probably the best city for shopping in all of Central America, and visitors can become overwhelmed by all of the items that are available to buy. Colourful Mayan textiles and traditional trinkets are on almost every street corner, but if you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, here are seven of the best boutiques in Antigua.
Another ethical shop where you’ll want to buy everything is Luna Zorro. Founder and designer Molly Berry produces lovely fair-trade pieces that are made to order by traditional Mayan weavers and showcase the culture and beauty of Guatemala. Her handwoven towels come in a variety of gorgeous colours and look just as good thrown around your neck as they do on the beach. If you’re looking for an authentic yet super-stylish poncho, this is the place to come.
At Stela 9 you can treat yourself to a gorgeous new look from head to toe, as this sleek boutique has a stunning showroom that’s home to a range of clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. The boutique itself is a joy to visit, and with their vibrant colours and unique patterns, the pieces are just as exceptional. Made ethically by local artisans, the handbags are particularly striking.
Stela 9, 3a Calle Oriente #43, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 4217 6699
Just outside the Santo Domingo Hotel, Algodones Mayas has a great selection of natural cotton items in an understated and elegant array of colours, as well as lovely woven bags and shoes. It’s a good place to pick up a light but warm cardigan or scarf – a necessity for Antigua’s chilly nights – and there’s also a stylish selection of men’s shirts.
Adolfo Dominguez Outlet is a Spanish chain that’s mainly aimed at a younger crowd. Though it’s popular for its cocktail dresses, there’s also a decent selection of informal wear, such as shirts, skirts and dresses. The shoes here are lovely, but bear in mind that Antigua’s cobbled streets don’t go too well with strappy sandals or stilettos!
This tiny boutique has a deceptively good selection of free-flowing clothing, and though there are only two racks of clothes, there really is something for every woman. From light cropped sweaters to subtle-yet-sexy sheer pieces, it’s the type of holiday purchase you’ll actually wear back home.