This guide to the best places to go shopping in Guadalajara range from luxury shopping malls boasting well-known retail brands to traditional markets offering local goods you won’t find elsewhere. Many of these venues have a long history, making them excellent for soaking up the local culture.

    Wherever you find yourself shopping in Guadalajara, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of Mexico’s most well-known goods, such as jewelry and shoes, as well as traditional mariachi and charro attire. Not sure where to start? Read on for our favorite places to shop in Guadalajara.

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    Avenida Juarez

    Stroll along one of Guadalajara’s best shopping streets

    Avenida Juarez runs from the lush green space of Parque Revolucion to the lively Plaza de los Mariachis. It’s a great street for strolling if you’re looking to mix your shopping with a bit of sightseeing and soaking up the local culture.

    The street is lined with many hotels and restaurants, as well as historic spots. Shopping-wise, expect to find a mix of department stores, clothing boutiques and malls, as well as a few specialty stores. Standouts include Parisian (fabric store) and Market Stone (jewelry boutique).

    Location: Av. Juarez, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

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    Mercado Libertad

    Huge indoor market offering a wide range of souvenirs

    Mercado Libertad is arguably the largest indoor market in Latin America, spanning 40,000 square meters in total. It’s one of the best places to go shopping in Guadalajara. Filled with plenty of individual vendors, the marketplace is a fantastic spot to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

    From handicrafts and leather goods to clothes and jewelry, you'll find a little bit of everything as you peruse the stalls. Come hungry and visit one of the local food vendors for some authentic eats. Bargaining is welcomed at Mercado Libertad, so it’s a good idea to brush up on your haggling skills.

    Location: C. Dionisio Rodríguez 52, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3618 0506

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    Tlaquepaque

    Mexico’s nationally designated “magic town”

    Tlaquepaque is a neighbourhood offering not only spectacular shopping options, but also a wonderful cultural experience. It has pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares lined with local boutiques and galleries selling art, pottery, ceramics, home decor, tile work, jewelry, and glasswork.

    It’s Mexico’s designated pueblo magico (magic town), due to its cultural significance. Keep your eyes peeled for gorgeous street art and stick around for some excellent neighbourhood dining and live music. Tlaquepaque is around 6 km southeast of Guadalajara.

    Location: Tlaquepaque, San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico

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    Centro Magno

    3-storey shopping mall with diverse indoor shopping and dining op-tions

    Centro Magno is the place to go if you’re looking for an easy, centrally located shopping experience in Guadalajara. There are 3 levels of indoor stores for you to peruse, making it an especially good pick if you’re looking to get away from scorching weather. You can also enjoy a wide range of restaurant and cafe chains, including Chili’s, Subway and Starbucks.

    Beyond shopping and dining, one of Centro Magno’s main draws is its onsite movie theater. You can take a break and catch the latest English and Spanish movies.

    Location: Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 2425, Arcos Vallarta, 44130 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 2 am

    Phone: +52 33 3630 1113

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    Forum Tlaquepaque Centro Comercial

    Explore a wide array of international brands

    Forum Tlaquepaque Centro Comercial is one of the primary malls within the shopping-centric neighbourhood of Tlaquepaque. As such, you’ll find that most stores and restaurants are internationally renowned.

    You’ll find a good range of retailers, whether you’re shopping for clothing (with options for the entire family), jewelry, tech, shoes, cosmetics, or even health and wellness products. Prominent brands include MAC, Puma, GNC, and OfficeMax. Forum Tlaquepaque Centro Comercial’s onsite food court hosts fast-food names like Sbarro, KFC, and Burger King.

    Location: Blvd. Gral. Marcelino García Barragán 2077, Prados del Nilo, 44840 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3838 5440

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    Plaza Sania

    A mall catering to a wide range of needs

    Plaza Sania is a bi-level mall where you can find many prominent retailers, as well as restaurants and a movie theater. Thanks to its soaring ceiling and windows, the venue is well-lit and feels airy. Boutiques and retailers range from an upscale grocery store to a pet store. If you’re traveling with a pet, you’ll be glad to know this mall is pet-friendly.  

    Familiar names within Plaza Sania include Starbucks, PetCo and Office Depot. A must-visit after shopping is El Ramen de Koji, a well-loved ramen shop on the 2nd floor.

    Location: Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 3300, Vallarta Nte., 44690 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +52 33 2304 3780

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    Andares

    Shopping mall northwest of Guadalajara

    Andares is a rather high-end mall in Puerta de Hierro, around 13 km northwest of central Guadalajara. This sprawling complex is almost like a little city in itself, as it’s adjacent to a university, hospital and multiple hotels.

    Follow the streets that weave in and around Andares to find even more shops and restaurants. There’s even a casino at one end of the mall. Anchor brands include the Liverpool department store and Best Buy. Besides shopping, you can find several restaurants and bars, as well as a movie theater showcasing the latest movies.

    Location: Blvrd Puerta de Hierro 4965, Puerta de Hierro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3648 2280

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    Mercado del Mar de la 34

    Enjoy local cuisine at this one-of-a-kind seafood market

    Mercado del Mar de la 34 is a must-visit for any foodie or seafood lover in Guadalajara. This prominent seafood market is less than 3 km east of Guadalajara Cathedral. Join the locals for a day of perusing fresh seafood and enjoying freshly cooked dishes at this vibrant market.

    Mercado del Mar de la 34 is known for budget-friendly prices and huge variety of products. The market is busiest in the late afternoons and early evenings, when you’re likely to find huge crowds picking up ingredients for dinner.

    Location: Calle Esteban Loera, Reforma, 44890 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 3.30 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3248 1272

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    Magno Centro Joyero

    Shop for jewelry at more than 700 vendors

    Magno Centro Joyero is known as the largest jewelry market in Latin America. You’ll find over 700 jewelry vendors of all types spread across a 4-storey complex in San Juan de Dios. Whether you want rare gemstones, silver or gold, costume jewelry, you can find a vendor who can assist you here.

    Just refrain from taking pics of the gorgeous jewelry on display – it’s highly frowned upon by the vendors and security staff. Magno Centro Joyero is just a 10-minute walk east of the iconic Guadalajara Cathedral.

    Location: C. Dionisio Rodríguez 14, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3617 4697

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    Calle Peatonal Ejercito Tlaquepaque

    Artsy shopping mall near Centro Cultural El Refugio

    Calle Peatonal Ejercito Tlaquepaque is a pedestrian mall lined with unique boutiques, bars, restaurants, and galleries. It’s a great place to mingle with shoppers and sightseers while perusing selections of handcrafted light fixtures, pottery, and jewelry.

    Don’t forget to take a photo with the massive Tlaquepaque sign, which is spelt out in massive and colorful letters. There’s also vibrant street art and a tourist information center in the adjacent park. Calle Peatonal Ejercito Tlaquepaque is in the middle of a prominent neighbourhood of Guadalajara.

    Location: C. Prisciliano Sánchez 70, Centro, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico

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    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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