Shopping in Guadalajara

by sherrydickerson on July 20, 2009

by sherrydickerson | July 20th, 2009  

Guadalajara is sometimes considered the shopping capital of Mexico because it offers such a variety of markets, malls and stores for people of all ages and backgrounds. With its colorful markets full of handicrafts, you can see that this city is rich in cultural heritage and prides itself by displaying such a wide range of articles. Shopping is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Guadalajara.

Contrasting this traditional approach are modern shopping malls that showcase the latest fashions. Whether you are looking for a handmade rebozo or an Armani suit, you are likely to find it in Guadalajara.

Shopping Malls

La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall
Av. Vallarta 3959

If you are looking for department stores and a place dedicated exclusively to fashion, this is the place to go! La Gran Plaza contains a large variety of beauty products and name brand shoes and clothes. This three story mall is divided into sections as well, which helps make shopping less stressful if you are looking for something specific.

The first floor contains clothing stores and fast food, while the second floor contains more expensive items. On the third floor you will find a movie theater and a videogame palace. This mall is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., which makes it highly accessible whenever you have a desire to go shopping!

Galerías Guadalajara
Av. Rafael Sanzio & Vallarta

rsz_galeriasWith over 220 stores, this mall includes almost everything you ever wanted under one roof. It contains a movie theater with huge screens and one IMAX theater and has a place to play sports as well. You can also find an entertainment room and play miniature golf after you eat a delicious meal in an exquisite restaurant.

Here you will find a popular Mexican department store called Liverpool and other brand name stores such as Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Coach, Ermeneglido Zegna, Penny Black, and Montblanc. The Galerias is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 365 days of the year, so you can enjoy these trendy stores any time you want.

Centro Magno
Av. Vallarta 2125

This three-story mall has a number of upscale stores and bistros, making it a trendy spot to shop and dine. You will find just about everything you need, whether you are looking for children’s clothes, sporting accessories or name brand items. If you’re looking for a Hard Rock Café and a movie theater, this is the place to go. Once again, prices are generally cheaper when compared to prices in the U.S., but they are fixed so there is no room for negotiating. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Galería del Calzado
Av. México Av. 3225

If you are obsessed with shoes, you will be excited to find that there is an entire mall in Guadalajara dedicated to shoes. Here you will find over 60 shoe shops under one roof, with a large variety of styles and prices. The Galeria is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Markets and Handicrafts

El Mercado San Juan de Dios
Calzada Independéncia Sur between Dionísio Rodríguez

rsz_1mercado-21Also known as Mercado Libertad, this is one of the largest markets in Mexico with almost 3,000 stands. It is full of great treasures like handicrafts, shoes, clothes, CDs, movies and electronics, and much more! Here the selection is endless and the prices are rather cheap, especially with the help of a few bartering techniques.

This market is divided into three thematic floors, which makes it easier to navigate. The first floor is meant to be fore handicrafts, sweets, and jewelry while you can find mostly food on the second floor. The third floor contains imported goods, electronics, CDs, movies, etc. This market is highly accessible and is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tlaquepaque
4 miles southeast of Guadalajara

This is a nice, touristy market in a town about 4 miles southeast of Guadalajara. Tlaquepaque is full of cultural events and an enormous variety of traditional items from Mexico. It is one of the main handicraft centers of the country and is internationally known for its ceramics, blown glass, wrought iron, high end furniture and household accessories.

Tonalà
Avenida Tonaltecas, Tonalà

rsz_tonalaThis is one of the best places to buy handicrafts in metropolitan Guadalajara. This city is relatively close to Guadalajara and has an enormous open air market on Thursdays and Sundays. Here you will find a variety of items ranging from blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, paper mache products and much more. It is not as touristy (or as expensive) as Tlaquepaque but the items you will find in this market are locally handmade and are high quality.

As in many markets, you will also be entertained as you shop with street performances, and there is always a chance to stop for ice cream or snack to make time for more shopping! Although you will probably get a great price anyways, don’t forget to negotiate for the best price!

Galería Ken Edwards
Madero 70, Tlaquepaque

Located in an old mansion in Tlaquepaque, here you will find beautiful hand painted stoneware vases, mugs, bowls and other household items. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Centro Joyero República
República 20

If you are looking for beautiful jewelry, this is the place to go. Here you will find over 120 jewelry stores in the same location and you will find a variety of different items, ranging from precious gold and silver, to precious stones. There is an assortment of classic and modern pieces to choose from, which makes it likely for you to find something that catches your eye. Here you will also find pieces to make your own jewelry and they even offer classes on how to make your own jewelry.

Instituto De Artesanias Jaliscienses
Calzada González Gallo 20 and Calzada Independencia Sur

In this government owned facility, you will find some amazing blown glass and glazed pottery typical to Jalisco. There are different types of handicrafts from other areas of Mexico and everything has a fixed price here, so no price negotiating here.

El Baratillo
Calle Esteban Loera, 15 blocks east of Mercado Libertad

With more than 30 city blocks lined with merchandise, this is one of the world’s largest flea markets. It is only open Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is a great place to find miscellaneous items at a decent price.

Photo Credits:

1 by eliazar on Flickr, 2 by ego2005 on Flickr, 3 by Miguelvmr on Flickr

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