Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco, home to arguably Mexico’s most representative folklore: tequila, mariachi music and charrería, a traditional horse show where riders wear typical charro costumes. If you’re visiting the city and want to take home a souvenir or two, take a look at our list of the best places to buy them.
Mercado San Juan de Dios
Considered the largest covered market in Latin America, with some estimated 3,000 small shops and restaurants, this market at the heart of Guadalajara has everything from small keychains and T-shirts with the name of the city, through to typical local candy and classic Mexican hats as well as musical instruments like guitars and trumpets.
Keep in mind that sellers often offer their products at a higher price, as most buyers will haggle for a cheaper purchase. If you’re not comfortable doing this, look for stores that have their prices tagged, and beware of imitations of products from prestigious brands. The market is open every day of the year from morning till afternoon.
Just a few minutes from the city centre, Tlaquepaque is one of the municipalities in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara, where you can find art galleries and shops with crafts for all tastes. From the famous calaveritas painted clay skulls, through to paintings and sculptures by renowned artists, prices range from a few dollars to hundreds. Many stores offer home delivery services, so you can save weight by packing your bags. Try Calle Independencia, a pedestrian corridor where almost every house is a gallery or restaurant. We recommend Adobe, a restaurant and a store that offers countless souvenirs.
Adobe, Del Ejército 42, Centro, San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México, +52 33 3657 2792
In the center of Tlaquepaque is El Tecolote, which as been selling bottles of tequila for more than 70 years. Here you will find some of the most nationally- and internationally-recognized brands, alongside some handmade brands with designs that are small works of art.
Tianguis Artesanal de Tonalá
This place is also part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, and is known for its traditional pottery works. Every Thursday and Sunday a tianguis, or traditional street market, takes place, with artisans offering their products to visitors. The rest of the week you can find shops open on Avenida Tonaltecas.
Patronato del Centro Histórico
This local government office is dedicated to promoting the conservation and restoration of neighbourhoods and traditional zones of the Historic Centre of Guadalajara, and sells postcards and historical photographs of the city.
Instituto Cultural Cabañas
Probably the most visited place in Guadalajara, this historical site – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – is currently a museum and has a shop selling books and postcards with emblematic photographs of the city.