Must-see shopping in Central America

  • La Ceiba Libros

    San Salvador

    Stock up on Salvadoran history and literature in Spanish. There are four branches in the capital.

  • Art 'n' Soul Gallery


    This cooperative of local artists displays arts and crafts for sale in a beachside gallery.

  • La Gran Vía

    San Salvador

    Large mall with a number of international chains, cafes, restaurants and a cinema.

  • Plaza España


    A shopping mall with high-street fashion, a decent supermarket and a food court.

  • Metrocentro


    Upscale mall with restaurants, high street fashion and a good food court.

  • Mall Megaplaza

    La Ceiba

    Modern mall with a cinema, food court, internet cafes, banks and ATMs.

  • Belize Zoo Gift Shop

    Belize District

    Has a good collection of unique gifts and also sells drinks and meals.

  • Metromedia


    Sells English-language books and magazines; there's a cafe too.

  • Habanos Point entrance

    Habanos Point

    Panama City

    This cigar shop and bar on a quiet street of the historic district of Casco Viejo aims to bring a little piece of Havana to Panama City. There's a…

  • Tourist Village Flea Market

    Belize City

    On the street outside the Tourist Village, local vendors set up tents and tables to sell their wares, which include T-shirts with snappy slogans, original…

  • Tourist Village & Brown Sugar Mall

    Belize City

    This waterfront complex exists for the convenience of cruise-ship passengers, who disembark here on their land trips. Non-cruise tourists may enter from…

  • Friki Tiki Toucan

    Ambergris Caye

    Sure, this place has loads of stuffed toucans and 'You better Belize it' T-shirts, but it also has a decent selection of music by Belizean artists, the…

  • Sew Much Hemp


    Between Hopkins and Sittee Point, follow the signs toward the beach and stop at the old bus. This is Sew Much Hemp, a classic hippie outpost where Barbara…

  • Jungle Remedies

    San Ignacio

    From gastric distress and asthma to high blood pressure, gall stones and gout, Dr Harry Guy claims his jungle remedies can cure nearly any ailment. Many…

  • Fajina Crafts Center

    Punta Gorda

    Operated cooperatively by a women's association with members from 13 villages around southern Toledo, the Fajina Crafts Center opens on market days…

  • Gabrielle Hoare Market

    Northern Belize

    Amid the fruit, vegetables and fish, you'll also find a few local craftspeople selling art, woodwork and tapestries. The 2nd floor has stores selling food…

  • Reggaeland

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Come to the area of the beach at the southern end of town for souvenirs, brightly colored vests, multicolored harem pants, beach dresses and reggae…

  • Reimers Health Food

    Cayo District

    Looking to stock up on vitamins or locally grown chia products? Reimers is a dedicated health-food store stocking a similar selection of vitamins,…

  • Mall San Pedro

    San José

    This busy four-story mall (often used as a landmark) houses a multiscreen cinema, a food court, a video arcade and the usual mix of clothing, phone and…

  • Village Store

    Caribbean Coast

    A couple of minutes' walk from the boat landing, this is the place to get your groceries, including fresh meat, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also stocks…

  • Brodie's

    Belize City

    Brodie's is the biggest department store in the country. Some of the 'departments' are pretty small, but it's still a good place to look for clothing and…

  • El Dorado Mall

    Panama City

    Near one of Panama City’s newer Chinatowns, El Dorado also has restaurants, shops and a cinema. It's located near Corredor Norte and Parque Natural…

  • Souvenir Pura Vida

    Tortuguero Village

    On the main street, this is the place to pick up a postcard, a Tortuguero turtle T-shirt, a pack of turtle-themed playing cards or some local woodwork…

  • Metroplaza Mundo Maya

    Flores & Santa Elena

    This modern shopping mall is opposite Mundo Maya International Airport. There are several reliable ATMs, shops and fast-food restaurants.

  • Augusto Quan Ltd

    Belize City

    A large hardware store stocking tools, tarps, bug spray and wet-weather gear. A good place to hit before heading into the bush.

  • Arts & Crafts of Central America

    San Ignacio

    This little shop below Central Otel sells a wide variety of handmade jewelry, handbags and textiles, mostly from Guatemala.

  • Casa de la Abuela

    El Salvador

    If you're short on time and gifts, stop by this ever-expanding store that stocks handicrafts and artwork from the region.

  • Centro Comercial El Dorado


    This small shopping center by the main junction contains cafes and a nightclub, as well as a variety of everyday stores.

  • Libreria Chunches

    Monteverde & Santa Elena

    A small selection of books, some in English, but mostly office supplies

  • Farmácia Orgánica

    Arenal & Around

    Christian and Sara began this über-healthy one-stop shop in 2015. The store features a variety of organic-based goods, from locally-grown fruits, veggies…

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