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Guadalajara Shopping

Handicrafts and megamalls are big business in Guadalajara. Shoppers can buy wholesale or nearly wholesale from the artisan communities surrounding the city, especially in nearby Tlaquepaque and Tonal√°.

Within the city, the Mercado Libertad aka Mercado San Juan de Dios (corner of Avenida Javier Mina and Calzada Independencia, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.) has a bewildering jumble of raw food, handicrafts, junk and cheap meals. Bargaining is a must here.

The Mercado Corona (corner of Avenida Hidalgo and Santa Mónica, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.) near the Catedral has cheap jeans, junky electronic items and a spooky floor of herbal potions.

The Instituto de la Artesanía Jalisciense (next to Parque Agua Azul, Calz. González Gallo 20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday; closing at 5 p.m. Saturday and earlier Sunday) is a showroom of artisan-made pottery, glass, tin ornaments, clothing and more.

Pasaje Hidalgo (under Plaza Guadalajara in front of the Catedral, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. or so most days) is a den of handicrafts, used silver items, clothing and more.

For a quick grab at a bunch of local crafts, the tiny Creaciones Ansy (Av. Corona 164, 9 - 8 Monday - Saturday , 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday) has moderately priced gift items.

The Citlali jewelry store next door (Av. Corona 168) also has artisan jewelry starting at 70 pesos.

The main malls, complete with cinemas and Starbucks, are Centro Magno (Av. Vallarta 2425), Plaza del Sol (Av. López Mateos Sur 2375) and Plaza Milenium (also on Av. López Mateos Sur). For costumes, check out the Disfraces Shop at Av. Juárez 516.

30 Apr 2010

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