Mexico Shopping Guide

Puerto Vallarta

Lucky's favorite stores in Mexico's Puerto Vallarta neighborhood!

El Gato Gordo

Citrus-hued both inside and out, this tiny shop ("the fat cat" in English) is hard to miss. Pop in for a dose of affordable items that make great gifts: handwoven scarves in rainbow stripes ($6 to $12) and tons of elaborately painted wooden figurines from the state of Oaxaca ($10 and up).
226 Calle Ignacio L. Vallarta, 52-322-223-52-82
Products: Jewelry, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Odaones (previously called: Hecho a Mano)

The amount of rustic, Mexican-influenced home decor and furniture at this popular shop is nothing short of amazing. Work your way from room to room (the place is huge) in search of weathered punched-tin star-shaped lanterns (from $45) and other similarly traditional items.
160 Calle Zaragoza, 52-322-223-14-55
Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop
Type of Store: Boutique

Jades Maya

Semiprecious jade is known for its protective powers. Here, find an abundance of jewelry made with this pleasingly green-hued stone.
226-A Calle Leona Vicario, 52-322-222-03-71
Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Mar de Suenos

This swimwear and lingerie store just a few doors up from Jades Maya (see no. 3) draws a loyal following among repeat tourists for, among other things, its stellar La Perla selection: Nearly the entire line is available.
230-C Calle Leona Vicario, 52-322-222-26-62
Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear
Type of Store: Boutique

Mercado Puerto Vallarta

In the typical mercado format, this market has a mix of items both manufactured, like woven plastic tote bags ($3 to $8) and handmade, such as leather sandals (from $8).
On Calle Agustín Rodriguez, right off the bridge
Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market

Mosaique

Look for sarongs, glass bead necklaces, and vividly hued silk pashmina scarves at this Balinese import shop. (Other locations are in Cancun; see that section—we're fans of each and every one.)
277-A Calle Basilio Badilllo, 52-322-223-31-46, and 279 Calle Juarez, 52-322-223-31-83
Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Peyote Peopl

The ancient Huichol tribe dwells in the Sierra Madre mountains and is known for its technique of covering objects with thousands of tiny beads. Find a great selection of their crafts here, along with barrels of fragrant Mayan Moka coffee.
222 Calle Juarez, 52-322-223-23-02
Products: Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Poinciana

Located next to its sister stores Serafina and Sirenas (see nos. 10 and 11), this Mexican handicrafts boutique always tops our list. It carries a plethora of items awash in color, like bright embroidered pillows (from $40) and intricately painted talavera ceramics (from $8).
252 Calle Basilio Badillo, 52-322-222-29-88
Products: Decorative/Lighting, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Querubines

This shop is a hotbed of expertly handcrafted items for the home, including punched-tin heart and cross ornaments (from $6) and hefty handpainted platters ($20 and up).
501-A Calle Juarez, 52-322-223-17-27
Products: Decorative/Lighting, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Serafina

Allow yourself to be lured in by the bevy of plastic tote bags, many screened with obscure Mexican advertisements that dangle in clusters from the entryway. Once inside, peruse the outstanding selection of jewelry and clothing, like the antique embroidered tops and tunics-some are more than 100 years old.
260 Calle Basilio Badillo, 52-322-223-45-94
Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique
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