Guatemala shopping

Market in Sololá

Sololá Market

Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. The sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market) uphill of the Parque Centroamérica serves the function. On Tuesday and Friday mornings the building is abla…
Market in Antigua


Antigua's market – chaotic, colorful and always busy – sprawls north of 4a Calle Poniente. The best days are the official market days (Monday, Thursday and especially Saturday) when villagers from the vicinity roll …
Arts & Crafts in Antigua

Nim Po't

This brilliant, sprawling depot has a huge collection of Maya clothing, as well as hundreds of masks, wood carvings, kites, refrigerator magnets, assorted Maximón figurines and local coffee and chocolate. The huipil…
Arts & Crafts in Antigua

Mercado del Carmen

Next to the ruins of the Iglesia El Carmen, this excellent market is a good place to browse for textiles, pottery and jade, particularly on weekends, when activity spills out onto 3a Av Norte. The inside is a warren…
Jewelry in Antigua

La Casa del Jade

More than just a jewelry shop, the Casa has a small museum displaying dozens of pre-Hispanic jade pieces and an open workshop where you can admire the work of contemporary craftspeople. It's inside the Casa Antigua …
Arts & Crafts in Panajachel

Oxlajuj B'atz'

Supporting an NGO for the empowerment of indigenous women, this fair-trade shop features beautiful naturally dyed rugs, handbags, handwoven goods and beaded jewelry. Pick up a bar of locally made chocolate while you…
Clothing in Quetzaltenango


Outlet shop for the women's empowerment association AMA (highland women's association), Pixan sells beautiful high-quality textiles and clothing produced by Maya weavers, often in collaboration with international de…
Arts & Crafts in Antigua

Maya Arte Nativo

This long and narrow shop has a superior selection of bright local handicrafts and home decorations, from flocks of miniature birds to hang from Christmas trees to painted ceramics, mirror frames and quirky sculptur…
Shopping Center in Quetzaltenango

Pasaje Enríquez

On the west side of the park, Pasaje Enríquez is an imposing but gorgeous arcade built in 1896 after a structure in Florence, Italy, and houses an assortment of travel agencies, language institutes, cafes and bars.
Books in Antigua

Librería La Casa del Conde

Bookshop with a good selection of English as well as Spanish titles, including books on Central American history and politics, plus nature guides, literature and Lonely Planet titles.