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Shopping Guide for Antigua

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Antigua is a beautifully restored colonial town in the highlands of Guatemala and a fantastic place to purchase beautiful, high quality Mayan textiles. Guatemala is renowned for its beautiful textiles; the colors and styles vary throughout the country, but the superbly vivid colors of the textiles created in the Mayan highlands make this area a great place to shop. Prices in Antigua are slightly more expensive than in much of Central America, however if you hunt hard enough you will find that there are shops, which cater to all styles and budgets.

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8 Places

Street market

Flea & Street Markets

Mercado de Artesanias

Gift & Speciality Shops

Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales

Gift & Speciality Shops

Colibri

Gift & Speciality Shops

Casa de Artes

Gift & Speciality Shops

Los Colores de la Tierra

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mercado de Chichicastenango

Flea & Street Markets

Panajachel

Destinations

Mercyfcb's City Tips

  • It can get cold at night so bring warm layers.
  • The best way to explore Antigua is on foot so be sure to pack comfortable shoes.
  • The cheapest place to shop is the local street market.
  • Be careful with your belongings; Antigua is a popular tourist destination and pick-pocketing can be an issue in busier areas (especially during Semana Santa).
  • The presence of the "tourist police" makes Antigua safer than many places in Guatemala, but take care when walking around the outskirts as there is less of a police presence here.
  • The tap water in Guatemala is not safe to drink, take care not to consume any water when taking a shower or cleaning your teeth.
  • ATMs can be found around the plaza.
  • The grid pattern of central Antigua makes it easy to navigate, however many street names are not signposted, which can lead to some confusion.
  • Basic Spanish is very useful, especially when shopping in the markets.
  • The markets in Guatemala are not to be missed; they are both culturally fascinating and visually inspiring. Head to as many as you can.
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    Street market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The street market in Antigua is a mass of color and people. Head here for a true taste of Guatemala; sample the street food and explore the maze of stalls. The fruit and vegetable stalls are beautiful riots of color that make for excellent photographs. Shopping at the street market is also a fantastic cultural experience; immerse yourself in Guatemalan life as this is where locals come to shop. Enjoy shopping and people-watching here in a fascinating environment.

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Take time to enjoy the delicious street food.
    • Don't be afraid to haggle.
    • Explore deep into the market, don't just browse around the edges. The most beautiful stalls selling fresh produce are located further in.
    • Be very careful with your belongings, wear your bag on your front to protect your valuables and to deter pick-pockets.
    • Buy delicious fruit and vegetables here at great values prices!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 86 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun if you know how 05/09/2017
    • One of the best markets 31/07/2017
    • Street market
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    Mercado de Artesanias
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Mercado de Artesanias is far more sanitized and perhaps less overwhelming than the street market. This market is aimed at tourists and thus the prices are slightly higher and the vendors are extremely persistent. The market is filled with beautiful colors and textures; if you are looking for gifts this is a great place to buy them.

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    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The vendors can be pushy, don't feel pressured into buying things you do not want.
    • Be prepared to haggle, you can often go as low as half the original price.
    • The vibrant colors of the stalls are extremely beautiful, but vendors can object to tourists taking photos.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Big market, similar products 08/08/2017
    • A must if not just for the chaos 25/06/2017
    Address:
    C. Poniente and Alameda de Santa Lucia 4
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
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    Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Nim Po't is a cooperative that sells a vast array of quality Mayan textiles and wooden carvings. The space it occupies is a large warehouse-type building that has been decorated beautifully with hand-crafted goods. It is possible to find anything from jewelry to furniture and everything in between here. Nim Po't stocks both new and second-hand items and is a must-visit for shopping enthusiasts. The products are beautifully crafted and are very reasonably priced.

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    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are variety of beautiful photo prints for sale here, depicting local life in Guatemala.
    • The prices in Nim Po't are generally set, however they may offer you a discount for bulk purchases.
    • Nim Po't is located on 5a Avenida Norte, there are a great array of quality shops on this street so take time to explore the area.
    • The painted wooden furniture for children is exceptionally beautiful.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This is a Huge Warehouse of Fabulous Stuff!! 09/08/2017
    • Best handcraft and souvenirs deal in Antigua 29/07/2017
    • Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales
    Address:
    5a Ave. Norte # 29
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 2681
    Other:
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    Colibri
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Mercyfcb Says:

    Colibri combines traditional Guatemalan weaving techniques with contemporary flare. The shop sells an array of beautiful hand-woven textiles, all of which are all made by a local women's cooperative. High-quality products are created by a network of over 500 women who live in 25 villages. Women, their families, and entire communities benefit from this enterprise. The goods are generally of higher quality than most of the things which are sold in the markets, and the prices reflect this.

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    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The prices are fixed so there is no need to bargain or haggle.
    • Colibri is more upmarket than other stores, however there is a wide price range.
    • Colibri may not appeal to travelers on a budget, however the shop is beautiful so it is worth visiting just to admire the textiles.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
    • Amazing and Beautiful 17/05/2017
    • Quality is high but so is the price 22/03/2017
    • Colibri
    Address:
    4a Calle Oriente # 3B
    Antigua
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 0280
    Other:
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    Casa de Artes
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Casa de Artes is a family business that sells Guatemalan folk art. The shop is almost museum-like with it's beautifully curated displays. Casa de Artes sells both new and vintage items; so it is possible to find rare and unique Mayan textiles, masks, and jewelry. Enjoy browsing a fantastic array of traditional products in a beautiful and unique setting.

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    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Casa de Artes also has an extremely informative website.
    • The staff are all extremely knowledgeable in relation to the origin and techniques used in the creation of each item so feel free to ask questions.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
    • Wonderful Eclectic Folkart 03/07/2017
    • The Best of the Best 29/08/2016
    Address:
    4 Avenida sur # 11
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 13:00
    14:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Los Colores de la Tierra
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Los Colores de la Tierra sells an immense range of colorful jewelry. Although it may seem slightly more pricey than markets and some other shops, the beautiful jewelry is still affordable. The pieces are beautifully handcrafted with great attention to detail and the unique jewelry displayed throughout the shop is dazzling. The vibrant colors and unusual styles make this family-run shop well worth a visit.

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    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • This charming shop is the perfect place to buy small gifts.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
    • Beautiful selection, great customer service 24/07/2017
    • Amazing shop! 29/01/2017
    Address:
    5ta avenida norte No 15
    Chocomuseo calle del arco
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Mercado de Chichicastenango
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Take a day trip from Antigua to shop for beautiful goods and explore this enormous open air market. Chichicastenago is known for its market days on Sundays and Thursdays; and famed for being the largest market in Central America! Locals flock to ChiChi market both to sell their wares and buy produce. The market is a hub of color and noise which makes for a spectacular sight.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be afraid to haggle!
    • Be very careful with your belongings, wear your bag on your front to protect your valuables and to deter pickpockets.
    • Sample the street food; it is both inexpensive and delicious.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Chichicastenango
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great local market 18/09/2017
    • Traditional Market 06/09/2017
    • Mercado de Chichicastenango
    Address:
    Btw 7a & 8a Calle
    Chichicastenango 14006
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    502-4658-6963
    Other:
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    Panajachel
    Destinations
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The focus of this guide is shopping in Antigua, however I feel it is also apt to mention Panajachel owing to its relative proximity to Antigua and to the abundance of inexpensive Mayan handicrafts for sale at its market. Calle de Santander is lined with shops and stalls selling a vast array of goods and the nearby Artisan Market sells an overwhelming number of Mayan products in a spectrum of vibrant colors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The roads between Antigua and Lake Atitlan are extremely slow and can be prone to landslides during the wet season. Journeys often take significantly longer than advertised.
    • Head to the street market for fantastic street food.
    • It is possible to get small boats across the lake to nearby villages. I would recommend staying in either San Marcos or San Pedro and getting the boat to Panajachel on market day.
    • The daily market is even larger on Sundays, Wednesdays, and on bank holidays.
    • Be prepared to haggle.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Panajachel
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