Mexico Shopping Guide

The Tulum Ruins Market

At the entrance to Tulum's not-to-be-missed Mayan ruins—they hug the Atlantic shore; you can even snorkel around the base of the main temple—is a comprehensive cluster of gift shops competing for tourist dollars. Here you'll find all the necessary trinkets (Mexican blankets, silver jewelry) to bring home.
At the Tulum ruins parking lot, no phone
Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Department Store


Luck's favorite stores in Mexico's Acapulco neighborhood!

mercado de artesanias la diana

Though smaller than the Mercado de Artesanías (see above), this market is easier to get to from the major strip hotels. Bonus: It's open late to accommodate night-owl shoppers. For their pure kitsch factor, we fell in love with the giant burlap yarn paintings of various Mexican tableaus, $30 (see above,).
On Ave. Costera Miguel Aleman at Ave. Farallon, no phone
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

Plaza Bahia

Two floors of boutiques, most of them dedicated to summery apparel, make up this compact mall. Our picks: Il Mare, which sells XOXO swimwear; and Ciao, a purveyor of D&G and Moschino.
125 Ave. Costera Miguel Aleman in the Golden Zone, 52-744-485-69-39
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Vintage, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store


This Latin American sportswear chain sells fairly priced, sleekly cut sportswear—cargo pants at $25, and hoodies from $15—in a spare, modern environment.
244 Calle Reyes Catolicos, 52-744-486-26-77
Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique


Surfers both local and nationwide love the board shorts, flip-flops, and rash guards by this Mexican surfwear company.
115 Ave. Costera Miguel Aleman, 52-744-484-18-15
Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

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
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