Good range of English-language fiction and guidebooks (including Lonely Planet).
Galerías Escalón boasts three air-conditioned levels of upscale clothing and jewelry stores, electronics stores, cell-phone offices and banks. Grab some sushi at the swish food court then catch a movie at the Cinépo…
Stock up on Salvadoran history and literature in Spanish. There are four branches in the capital.
The Mercado Ex-Cuartel is a difficult place to navigate, but be patient, go with a friend, and find handmade hammocks and embroidered fabrics from across the country.
Salvadoran city life at full throttle, the Mercado Central is the locals’ favorite for clothes and electronics.
The community at Guatajiagua produces quality black pottery in the Lenca tradition. Cedart is a simple craft shop which can also point you in the direction of local artist workshops.
This store is popular for its homemade textiles, tie-dyes and hand-painted objects.
Ataco's rambling market makes for a fascinating walkabout.
If you are short on time, but light on luggage, then stop by this ever-expanding store which stocks handicrafts and artwork from the region.
A very pleasant mall experience, with good nightclubs and restaurants.