Tlaquepaque

Local arts and handicrafts fill the showrooms and stores in this touristy town, where you'll find carved wood furniture, colorful ceramics, and hand-stitched clothing among other goods. Pedestrian malls and plazas are lined with more than 300 shops, many run by families with generations of experience. One of Guadalajara's most exceptional museums, which draws gifted artists for its annual ceramics competition in June, is also here.

But there's more to Tlaquepaque than shopping. The downtown area has a pleasant square and many pedestrian-only streets, making this a good place to take a stroll, even if you're not interested in all the crafts for sale. There are several good restaurants, some with outdoor seating perfect for people-watching.

Many tourists come to Tlaquepaque via the Tapatío Tour, an open-air bus that leaves from Guadalajara's historic center.

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