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San Miguel de Allende Shopping

Artisan Markets
San Miguel de Allende

You can shop till you drop and still want more in San Miguel. Right in town at the Plaza San Francisco, the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez is like a local's 7-11 with fresh-from-the-farm produce, eggs, and cheese, plus such necessities as tortilla presses, juicers, and plaid handbags of all sizes. Butchers across the street sell fresh and tasty pork carnitas. The market's open daily.

Walk down a few stairs at the back of the market to reach the Mercado de Artesanías, a collection of stands displaying tin mirrors, T-shirts, hand-woven shawls, embroidered linens, and the latest folk-art trends. The market continues outside to tiny shops showcasing their wares by the front door. Look for the shop with oilcloth bags—inside you'll find placemats, cosmetic cases, and other clever items made from colorful oilcloth.

For expat-free (almost) Mexican local flavor, check out the fresh fruits, veggies and chiles, and herbal potions for healing everything from troubled souls to infertility at the Mercado de San Juan de Dios on Calle San Rafael past the Iglesia de San Juan.—Maribeth Mellin

El Nuevo Mundo
17 San Francisco
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 6180

Located near the Jardín Principal, El Nuevo Mundo is the place to go for small souvenirs and gifts with a local flavor and reasonable prices: baskets, tarot cards, pottery, papier-mâché dolls, napkins and tablecloths, woven wire bowls, and more. Their collection of huipiles, rebozos, and other textiles is particularly impressive.—Maribeth Mellin

Fabrica La Aurora
Calzada de la Aurora
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 154 5409

Artists' studios and galleries fill the multiple wings and outbuildings at this former cotton mill (once one of San Miguel's largest industries). Allow a couple of hours to fully explore nearly 50 galleries and shops showcasing fine paintings and drawings by well-known contemporary artists as well as San Miguel's many celebrated artists. Don't miss Made by Anado, where Anado McLauchlin displays his playful altars, beaded jewelry, and mirrors framed with milagros. Elena Brown Guiness has a good selection of Latin American art. Artists are hard at work in several large studios, and some offer classes. You'll also find bookstores and home-accessory stores here, as well as a pretty coffee shop on a patio. Most artists are on site on Thursdays; some shops and galleries are closed on Sundays.—Maribeth Mellin

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

Galeria Nudo
42 Recreo
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico

Artist Alcides Fortes creates the gorgeous jewelry in this small gallery, incorporating ammonites from North Africa and Russia with stones and jewels in distinctive modern gold and silver necklaces, rings, and earrings. The jewelry is tastefully displayed in backlit glass cases hanging on the walls.—Maribeth Mellin

Girasol
11 San Francisco
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 2734

Lightweight brightly colored gauze women's clothing is the draw in this large shop, where assistants helpfully assemble ensembles, complete with accessories. White, black, and beige flowing skirts and cropped pants are aired with colorful pink, blue, and yellow spring jackets. The prices are generally affordable. There are several similar stores around downtown—this one is consistently excellent.—Maribeth Mellin

Piedras
14 Tanque
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 154 9193
www.piedrassanmiguel.com

New Mexico expat and gemologist Bill Harris has taken his love of Native American jewelry south to "old Mexico" and adapted his techniques to incorporate Mexican opals and religious symbols. His handsome jewelry, along with that of his partner, Luis Pantoja, is available for purchase in this gallery in Colonia Atascadero, a hillside neighborhood above the city center.—Maribeth Mellin

Sazón
22 Correo
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 154 7671
www.sazonsanmiguel.com

Along with organizing culinary classes and market tours, Sazón serves as one of the city's top tableware boutiques. Several rooms in the school's colonial building display gorgeous hand-blown glassware, patterned dishes, delicate Talavera platters, and embroidered cloths and napkins.—Maribeth Mellin

Zócalo
110 Hernández Macías
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0663
www.zocalotx.com

San Miguel's home state of Guanajuato is known for its colorful ceramics, tastefully displayed at Rick and Debra Hall's gallery near the Mercado de Artesanias. Here you'll find local pottery, clay masks, hand-painted glassware, Mexican folk art, Día de los Muertos figurines, and other ceramics—many created by master artisans. As with most of the fine shops and galleries, they can ship your treasures home.—Maribeth Mellin

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.