Ave Obregon, the side streets and alleys adjacent are the main shopping area of Nogales. The closer to the border on Obregon, the more shops are catering to tourists. Farther south along the Ave, it's more shopping for locals.
There are a lot of shops everywhere here. A lot of Americans go there to shop too and you can find whatever you want. Mexican Pesos and American Dollars are accepted almost in every store or restaurant.
What to buy: handicrafts, leather art, clothes
What to buy:
This is a perfect summary that I found in the internet:
"Visitors to Nogales will find wonderful open air markets that offer inexpensive hand-woven blankets and clothing, sombreros, baskets, pottery, puppets, marble chess sets, Mexican jumping beans and imported and domestic perfume, among other items. The main downtown shopping district is a 5- to 20-minute walk from the border, but the shopping experience begins in the first few steps across the border. Vendors with blankets displaying silver jewelry, leather hair clips, small, hand-painted pottery or carved wood figures, line the streets. On Campillo Street a corner open-air market is filled with shops carrying a choice of red terra-cotta and black clay, hand-painted plaster decorative plaques and sculptures. Mixed among the assortment of lawn ornaments are tile-topped tables, rugs, blankets and sombreros. Open-air markets can be found nestled between buildings. Besides the vast variety of silver jewelry, Nogales offers unique decorative and wearable merchandise."
You will see street vendors every way you turn in Nogales - and you will hear them too - calmoring for your attention and bargaining to make a sale. Most of the vendors are bi-lingual.
What to buy: Mexican blankets, silver and turquoise jewelry, ceramics, leather goods, tin ware, laquered wood, fabrics, souviners and much, much more - in great variety.
What to pay: Don't settle for the asking price because haggling is expected. However, also respect the fact that these hard working folks aren't on holiday as you are. This is their livelihood and they deserve a reasonable profit for their investment and hard work.
Many Americans cross over the border to buy their medications because they are cheaper in Mexico. You won't have to look hard to find a pharmacy; there are dozens of them - everywhere you look in Nogales. As we were walking down the main shopping street in town we were actually accosted several times by people inviting us into their pharmacy.
What to buy: Not only are prices cheaper here, but some drugs which require a prescripton in the United States, such as antibiotics, can be obtained without a prescription in Mexico. This is all perfectly legal, but there are some restrictions. I would strongly advise anyone planning to take drugs of any kind back over the border to be aware of both American and Mexican laws concerning them beforehand.
As far as illegal drugs go, Both the U.S.A. and Mexico have no tollerance at all. This is no place to test the law; don't even think about it.
What to pay: Less than in the United States.