Central America shopping

Top Choice Market in San José

Feria Verde de Aranjuez

For a foodie-friendly cultural experience, don't miss this fabulous Saturday farmers market, a weekly meeting place for San José's artists and organic growers since 2010. You'll find organic coffee, artisanal chocol…
Top Choice Art in San Juan de Oriente

Galería de Helio Gutiérrez

The recipient of more international awards than any other master in the village, Helio combines geometric, traditional and contemporary design elements in his unique ceramics and is known as the father of the contem…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Granada

The Garden Shop

A fantastic addition to the popular Garden Café, this sustainably minded boutique offers crafts, jewelry, clothing and artwork produced through NGOs and fair-trade organizations throughout Nicaragua. Artisans from C…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Reserva Indígena Boruca

Bisha Cra

Near the entrance to Boruca village if you're taking the road south of Curré, this excellent store stocks a wide range of local crafts, including some superb examples of cedarwood devil masks and intricately carved …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Jiménez

Jagua Arts & Crafts

A terrific, well-stocked crafts shop, featuring local art and jewelry, a wonderful collection of high-quality, colorful Boruca masks and black-and-ocher Guaitil pottery, as well as woven goods by the Emberá and Woun…
Top Choice Art in Portobelo

Galería de Arte Casa Congo

A wonderful gallery with museum-quality pieces made mainly by Afro-Caribbean craftspeople and artists. Helpful displays explain the cultural background of the groups represented, including Congo and indigenous cultu…
Top Choice Art in Panama City

Karavan

An excellent place to find original Guna embroidery with modern designs and Congo art from Portobelo, Karavan commissions local artists, works closely to develop new talent and recovers endangered culture and arts t…
Top Choice Jewelry in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Luna Azul

This super-cute gallery and gift shop is packed to the gills with jewelry, clothing, soaps, sculpture and macramé, among other things. Owner Stephanie's jewelry in particular is stylish and stunning, crafted from si…
Top Choice Cigars in Managua

Nostalgia de Nicaragua Cigar

Step inside the humedor to choose from Nicaragua's finest cigars, hand-rolled in Mombacho and Estelí. Look out for Joya de Nicaragua, Padrón, AJ Fernández, Don Pepín García and other top brands. You can sample the w…
Top Choice Textiles in La Esperanza

Artesanias Togopala

This little shop just east of Parque Central has a huge selection of gorgeous, handwoven Lenca ponchos, shawls, scarves and more. You'll likely find one of the artists weaving on a loom when you go in. Colors range …