The Best Place for Handicrafts is
The winner is Patzcuaro
Surrounded by crafts villages and scented by wood smoke, a super charming and historical mountain town
Wonderful handicrafts from surrounding villages - each village has it's own speciality - one village has several copper stores and factories.1
And the runners up are....
Mexico City, Federal District (DF)
Weavings from Chiapas, fine silk shawls from San Luis Potosi, you'll find it all; many shops of all price points
Guadalajara is the place to buy housewares, plus ceramics. Don't miss nearby Tonala with its outdoor market and the upscale Tlaquepaque with galleries in restored mansions.
Towns and villages outside Oaxaca City produce colorful wooden alebrijes, black and green pottery, fine wool rugs, and many other worthwhile handcrafts.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Great variety of items from Guadalajara, Huichol yarn paintings and beadwork, and much more.
Michoacan's capital has a great variety of quality textiles, copper, ceramicsware and more
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Centuries'-old weaving, tin and metallurgy, jade and many other fine traditions.
Wonderful hammocks, huipiles and guayaberas, some "Panama" hats, but fewer crafts than one might expect
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
A well-developed community of artisans; lots of different types of crafts.
Talavera tiles, place settings, and other decorative and utilitarian ceramicware
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Shops offer expensive handicrafts from Yucatan and beyond.
Beautiful pottery in the surrounding villages, Talavera tile in Dolores Hidalgo
The silver capital of Mexico, Taxco has a seemingly endless inventory of silver jewelry and housewares.
Southern Yucatan State, Yucatan
Although there are few tourist shops, if you look you'll find embroidered and stamped huipiles, repro Maya artifacts, ceramics, hammocks, and other goods. Check area markets.
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Some unique items along with the same old souvenirs.
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
Talavera tiles and pottery, and good handicrafts at La Casa de Artesania, facing the main plaza
Interesting selection if limited quantity of crafts from Oaxaca's interior, including wool rugs and black pottery.
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
For a town this small, there are lots of good handicraft shops
Like Puebla, Cholula has Talavera pottery for sale.
Tijuana, Baja California
The tourist district on Revolution has cheap handicrafts from all over Mexico.
From Guerrero state and farther afield
Excellent Yucatan hammocks, must ask around