Shopping in Guanajuato
High quality mayolica pottery is manufactured in the city of Guanajuato. In the centre of the city you will find crafts shops where it is possible to purchase jewellery in silver and gold, the traditional “pajaritos” jewellery and baroque silverwork.
Leather and Shoe Capital of the World
Shopping in León is an irresistible attraction, and a visit to its commercial centres exclusively devoted to the sale of shoes and leather goods is a must. Here you can find jackets, belts, portfolios, bags, wallets and the latest in fashion. All of export quality and at excellent prices.
San Miguel, Gto. Shopping
The entire city is a bazaar. Houses have been respectfully converted to exhibit handicrafts, furniture and accessories as well as works by renowned national and international artists. In this bazaar it is possible to acquire mirrors, beds and brass lamps; wool clothing items and ponchos; carved stone objects and the well-known blown glass of San Miguel de Allende, all with an artistic quality much appreciated in Europe and North America, points to which they are exported.
Centre of pottery production
A special feature of this city is its china, with a Spanish influence and Talavera type finish, in plates, vases and tiles. The latter are exported, given their exceptional quality. The hand-painted pottery is striking: dinner sets, tea sets, flowerpots and traditional pottery in the form of pots and pitchers.
Location: Dolores Hidalgo
Strawberry Capital of the World
Forty minutes from Guanajuato is Irapuato "The Strawberry Capital of the World". This city is an important agro-industry and textile centre. On the farmlands around it strawberries are grown for the national market and for the United States and Europe. They can be enjoyed as a dessert in chocolate, jellied, with cream or alone in a number of the city’s restaurants. The city’s craftsmen are known for their carefully made basketwork and, even better for the palate, for the various regional sweets made here.
Celaya is famous for its custard cream, called “cajeta”, and other sweets made from milk, such as custard, coconut jams and wafers, that can be acquired directly at the factory or at outlets in the city centre. A good purchase is the traditional cardboard craftwork and the “alebrijes”, a fanciful mixture of animal figures that suggest winged dragons in bright colours.