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The Best Place for Handicrafts is
Patzcuaro, Michoacan

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)
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Weavings from Chiapas, fine silk shawls from San Luis Potosi, you'll find it all; many shops of all price points

Guadalajara, Jalisco

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.

Oaxaca, Oaxaca
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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
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Great variety of items from Guadalajara, Huichol yarn paintings and beadwork, and much more.

Morelia, Michoacan
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Michoacan's capital has a great variety of quality textiles, copper, ceramicsware and more

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
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Centuries'-old weaving, tin and metallurgy, jade and many other fine traditions.

Merida, Yucatan
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Wonderful hammocks, huipiles and guayaberas, some "Panama" hats, but fewer crafts than one might expect

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
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A well-developed community of artisans; lots of different types of crafts.

Puebla, Puebla
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Talavera tiles, place settings, and other decorative and utilitarian ceramicware

Cancun, Quintana Roo
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Shops offer expensive handicrafts from Yucatan and beyond.

Guanajuato, Guanajuato
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Beautiful pottery in the surrounding villages, Talavera tile in Dolores Hidalgo

Taxco, Guerrero
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The silver capital of Mexico, Taxco has a seemingly endless inventory of silver jewelry and housewares.

Southern Yucatan State, Yucatan
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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
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Some unique items along with the same old souvenirs.

Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
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Talavera tiles and pottery, and good handicrafts at La Casa de Artesania, facing the main plaza

Huatulco, Oaxaca
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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

Ajijic, Jalisco
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Cholula, Puebla
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Like Puebla, Cholula has Talavera pottery for sale.

Tijuana, Baja California
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The tourist district on Revolution has cheap handicrafts from all over Mexico.

Acapulco, Guerrero
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From Guerrero state and farther afield

Izamal, Yucatan
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Excellent Yucatan hammocks, must ask around