Artesania Bazar Garcia Rejon


Corner of Calles 65 and 60, one block south of the Main Square, Historic Center
Merida, Mexico


If you find the Mexican souvenir prices at the stores around Merida's Main Square too high, walk one block south to Calle 65 and the Artesenias Bazar García Rejón. There's nothing charming or picturesque about the bazaar – it's located in an ugly cement multi-story building in the Yucatan capital's market districtl. But you will find all of the locally made products tourists look for: hammocks, Panama hats, men's guayabera shirts, and women's embroidered blouses and skirts, and shoes made in nearby Ticul. Narrow aisles run the length of the building with each side packed with individually operated stores, many selling what seems to be the exact same merchandise. Competition is fierce for your dollar, pound, or euro. English is frequently spoken, or at least the few words necessary to tempt you into stopping and examining the wares. Walk toward Calle 60 and you will find the excellent City Museum and bustling Lucas de Galvez Market.

Hours: Daily, approximately 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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