I was wondering why nobody ever talks about this sunday flea market ,, some of the biggest i ever seen, and i decided to honor it with a little comment.. When i said everything i meant that ... new and old... clothes, shoes, watches, antiques, street food, toys, pet stuff, home decorations, furniture, sporting goods,books, records, music instruments , tools and everything you can imagine is there. Of course this shopping paradise is divide into sections so depending of what your looking for thats the area you must cover although popular stuff is everywhere,, something is bothering you at home take it there and sell it..but still i va the feeling all vendors have a little mafia there ...hahaha anyways lots to see and eat in a sunday morning
What to buy: not exactly souvenirs from Guadalajara....
What to pay: from .1 cent to toooo much
A visit to Guadalajara is never complete without a trip to Tonala, at least for me!.
Tonala is not the typical touristic place, is more a suburb area with the biggest marketplace for Mexican art crafts in Guadalajara, specially furniture, Pottery and glass art work, and the best prices. On Thrusday and Sunday there's a Tianguis (street market) with better prices but more crowded, so if you go this days better go between 8:30a-11:00am, with the hours you will find more difficult to walk and more danger of being robbed. Better Go with a local or at least someone that's a spanish speaker.
What to buy: All kind or handmade art like furniture, pottery, glass art, etc...
At first we were happy to get some of our furishings here. But after returning and trying to get our house furnished, we kept having problems. They were slow about having things ready when they said and on a couple items, they made it wrong. I had a desk made and I wanted a guitar carved in the front with my name across the top. Well they carved Bass, annotating the guitar not my name. But I took it anyway. THen we asked for an ottoman to match our sofa, and they took an extra week to make and made it the wrong color. I dont think we will but anything else from there.
What to buy: There are many shops in the Tonala area that have the same style items. After shopping there many times we found our way around to some other shops and found better prices. If you plan to stay here, shop around.
What to pay: Look around well, especially if you want some bigger items. And many shops are open to haggle. You can always go down the street and find the same thing.
Near the center of town, you can ask around, and be directed to the central marketplace, or mercado, where there are several floors jammed with vendor booths selling all manner of handcrafts and other stuff which tourists love. There's a pedestrian bridge that crosses a main boulevard to reach it, that's all I can recall within the confusion of the central district, but it wasn't really not a difficult walk from the central plaza area. It's better to buy here than in places like Puerto Vallarta where the prices are likely to be considerably higher. Mexican boots, belts, wallets, and other leather goods are a good buy. The colorful Indian blankets, that are thick enough to serve as a rug, are also on display in a wide variety here. Also, woman may want to browse the embroidered and colorful peasant dresses, among other things.
One other fashion that is strongly present in Guadalajara are cowboys and leather products. You can go in a shop and come out dressed as a genuine cowboy, wearing leather boots with spurs, cowboy hat (sombrero) and nice bright belt. You can add some jeans and shirts and you have great souvenire from Mexico that you can acctually use at home (if not otherwise, for fashing ;-))
What to pay: When buying, look in several shops as the prices vary. And quality also.
Walking through Guadalajara center I just couldn't miss many shops with women wedding dresses. There where so many I wonder how allof them can have enough costumers for survival.
So, I guess, wedding is still one of the most important events in a girls life over there. But it's interesting, that I didn't notice so many (if any) shops in other towns in Mexico. Maybe is Guadalajara just the most romantic city in Mexico :-)
El Parián, Tlaquepaque is a plaza lined with shops and cafes where mariachis stroll. , Settle in for a cafe or some great people-watching.
What to buy: hand made Jewwlry
La Casa Canela, Tlaquepaque is a 260-year-old mansion with great Mexican treasures, some of them going back a century or two.
What to buy: It specializes in hand-carved furniture.
This is a a walk down, a pedestrian street that's chockablock with shops. Antigua de Mexico has fine reproductions, paintings and decorative items.
Tianguis are located all over town - in different neighborhoods - probably Tonala on Thurs. and Sun the most famous. We have an antique fair on Sunday over near Chapultepec Av. and Av. Mexico.