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Guadalajara Shopping | Where to Shop and What to Buy
The modern area of Guadalajara has an excellent selection of stores where people can find a wide variety of clothes, shoes, accessories, and gifts. Featuring an impressive array of shopping malls, the city is a paradise for shopaholics. Standout places include the Republica and WTC Jewelry Centers, which offer diverse jewelry designs.
For people seeking traditional goods, there's no better way to find them than heading to the markets, handicraft fairs, and artisan houses. As you mix with the people you'll find more traditional stores, and understand the way people buy and sell here.
Tonala and Tlaquepaque are ideal places for people looking for art and decorative details, as they have a wide variety of places selling wonderful artworks.
There are a lot of large shopping malls in the city, including standouts like Plaza del Sol, Plaza Patria, Plaza Mexico, Gran Plaza, Centro Magno, Plaza Pabellon, and Plaza Galerias. These sites bring department stores, movie cinemas, restaurants, bars, and boutique stores all together in one place.
Guadalajara is a feast for lovers of shopping, and especially for shoe shopping. Highlights include Galeria de Calzado, a mall full only of shoe shops, and Forum del Calzado.
Also known as San Juan de Dios Market, Libertad Market is one of the largest closed markets in Latin America. Inside you'll find over 1,000 stalls selling all kinds of merchandise, from typical candies and handicrafts, to live animals or gold watches.
Tlaquepaque is located south of Guadalajara. During your time here you'll be amazed by the ceramic, glass-blown, and textile goods available, as well as the rustic furniture and decorative details for the home with traditional Mexican motifs. Enjoy a walk around the picturesque historic downtown area and explore the art galleries. The city also has a number of modern shopping malls, the most popular of which is without a doubt Plaza Forum Tlaquepaque.
Tianguis Cultural (Cultural Market)
Known locally as "El Cultu", this enormous market is held every Saturday in Plaza Juarez, right by Parque del Agua Azul. Here you'll find an alternative, counter-culture atmosphere. It's a great place to buy vintage items and alternative paraphernalia, and also to see music events of all kinds, from classic rock to death metal.
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