7 Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in Guadalajara

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Photo of Pablo Mares
26 May 2017

Mexico has a long tradition of markets, since the pre-Hispanic era, when the indigenous communities exchanged their products in the tianguis (flea markets). This tradition is maintained today in most of the cities of the country, including Guadalajara. Here are the best flea markets and thrift stores to discover in the city.

El Baratillo

This tianguis is the largest in Guadalajara. Here you can find secondhand books, antiques, toys, musical instruments, records, tools, and new and secondhand clothing. Pets and exotic animals used to be sold here, but this is now banned.

El Baratillo (“the Cheap”) is also famous for its food: tacos, quesadillas, tortas ahogadas (sandwiches stuffed with cuts of pork and tomato sauce) and the traditional birria (goat stew) are all on offer here, as is a great variety of drinks, such as water prepared with fruits of the season, or the typical tejuino, a drink made with corn.

Calle 36, Santa María, 44100 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Cerveza de raíz🍺

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Tianguis del Sol

You can find this market in the west of the city. It has hundreds of shops and tables where the merchants offer fruits, clothes, sunglasses, and sports shoes. It’s quite an experience for the senses, with a riot of colors, sounds, and smells and a whirlwind of people buying and selling goods.

This tianguis opens its doors on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings. It is very common for visitors to get breakfast here: try the famous quesadillas accompanied by a fresh orange juice.

Av Copérnico 12411, Moctezuma Pte., Moctezuma, 45059 Zapopan, Jalisco, México

Moras. #mercado

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Tianguis Cultural de Guadalajara

CDs of independent music, philosophy books, T-shirts featuring original designs, and handicrafts from indigenous communities are just some of the things you can find in this market that takes place every Saturday in the Plaza Juárez, near the Agua Azul Park.

It’s been going for more than a decade, and is a meeting point for young urban tribes who come together to show off their hairstyles, clothes, and fashion accessories. On skateboards, bikes, cars, buses or on foot, hundreds of people arrive every weekend to enjoy this fun, tolerant space.

Fray Antonio Alcalde, Rincón de La Agua Azul, Moderna, 44190 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

El Cultural

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Tianguis Trocadero De Antiguedades

What started out as a garage sale is now becoming one of the most crowded flea markets in the city. This antique market is set up very early every Sunday morning, and offers all kinds of used or collectible products such as furniture, kitchen utensils, books, toys, and jewelry. As in most Mexican markets and tianguis, it’s normal to haggle over prices.

Av. México 2074 Santa Teresita, 44600 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Paseo Chapultepec

At the Paseo Chapultepec every Saturday, painters, artisans, and merchants offer books, paintings, handmade jewelry, sculptures, handmade notebooks, and clothes made by local designers. Chapultepec is one of the most vibrant areas of the city of Guadalajara, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by cafes, bars, bookstores, and restaurants.

Av. Chapultepec Nte. 91, Ladrón de Guevara, Lafayette, 44600 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, +52 33 2065 0324

Atrapasueño #mexicanculture #atrapasueños

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Eco-Tianguis Ex Convento del Carmen

Organic food producers who have their farms near the metropolitan area have for many years been coming to the city every Sunday to sell organic coffee, cocoa, handmade soaps and jams, fruit juices, and coconut and avocado oils. It’s also possible to take workshops and courses in ecology here.

Corredor del Ex Convento del Carmen, Av. Juárez 638 Col. Centro 44100 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Domingos cada 15 días! Mercadito Organico, natural, saludable! 9:30 a 2:30pm. Ven por tu PASTO DE TRIGO "BIENVERDE"

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Tianguis Navideño

If you are in Guadalajara during December, you can visit one of the many street markets selling Christmas decorations, from crystal spheres to Christmas trees to the famous “birthmarks” of clay figurines depicting the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The Christmas tianguis of San José in the Jardín de la Reforma was the most traditional; sadly, in 2015 a fire devoured the market and it was moved to the Parque del Refugio.

Esquina Calle Herrera y Cairo, Calzada del Federalismo Norte, Jesús, 44200 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Ya es navidad, al parecer

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