The Highlands

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  • 1. Artesanías Innova

    Zona 1 | Crafts

    Artesanías Innova exhibits and sells beautiful textiles and ceramics created by nine highlands artisan cooperatives. ...Read More

  • 2. Bazar de Café

    Zona 1 | Food/Candy

    Bazar de Café sells fine roasted coffee from here in the highlands (fair-trade, of course). ...Read More

  • 3. Bus Stop Bookshop


    Named for its location, the Bus Stop Bookshop has many used books in English. ...Read More

  • 4. Café Conciencia

    Zona 1 | Food/Candy

    Purchase coffee from area cooperatives at Café Conciencia, as well as peanut butter and macadamia nuts. ...Read More

  • 5. Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás


    You'll find the best selection of traditional handmade masks at Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás just down the street from the Santo Tomás church...Read More

  • 6. Casa Maya


    Casa Maya has a distinctive array of quality T-shirts. ...Read More

  • 7. Centro Comercial Municipal

    Zona 1 | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Near Parque Centro América, the Centro Comercial Municipal has a more limited selection of souvenirs. ...Read More

  • 8. COPAVIC


    The best-known buy-at-the-source purveyor of hand-blown glass is the artisans' cooperative COPAVIC. Come to watch works being created from recycled...Read More

  • 9. Creaciones Utzil


    Creaciones Utzil manufactures small dolls that wear more than 100 varieties of typical Guatemalan dress. (Barbie never had a such a wardrobe.) ...Read More

  • 10. De Colores


    Bucking the trend and staying open every day of the week, De Colores deals in woven and embroidered textiles, sweaters, and blouses. Check out...Read More

  • 11. El Guipil


    El Guipil is a large boutique with a varied selection of handmade items from highland villages. ...Read More

  • 12. El Libro Abierto

    Zona 1 | Books/Stationery

    Literary- and politically-minded Quetzaltenango has several fine bookstores, three with good selections in English. El Libro Abierto deals in...Read More

  • 13. Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango

    Art Galleries

    Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango exhibits primitivist paintings created by a cooperative of 12 local artists. ...Read More

  • 14. Gallo Store

    Zona 1 | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The Gallo Store sells T-shirts, caps, and mugs with the logo of Guatemala's best-known beer, as well as the complete line of beer itself. ...Read More

  • 15. Mercado Central

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    A few blocks to the east is the Mercado Central, where you can purchase local handicrafts. ...Read More

  • 16. Mercado La Democracia

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Artesanía from most of the villages in the region can be found in the Mercado La Democracia. Since there are relatively few shoppers, prices...Read More

  • 17. Mercado Minerva

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The bustling Mercado Minerva, next to the main bus terminal, is the best of the city's markets. There are plenty of interesting handicrafts...Read More

  • 18. North & South Bookstore

    Zona 1 | Books/Stationery

    North & South Bookstore is strong in works dealing with history and politics. ...Read More

  • 19. Ojalá Antiques


    Ojalá Antiques has a small but excellent selection of antiques. ...Read More

  • 20. Tashe Artesanía


    We especially like the hand-painted Nativity scenes at Tashe Artesanía among all the other ceramics for sale. ...Read More

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