Guatemala offers many opportunities find some special goods to take back home. Local handicrafts include brilliantly colored, unique fabrics used in jackets, dresses, belts, blouses, and even blankets. Many textiles are woven just as they were centuries ago. Other common handicrafts include, wood carvings, leather, paintings, bags, hats, and much more. Be sure to try the authentic Guatemalan coffee.
Guatemala City has a well known zone, Zone Ten also known as Zona Viva, where most of the city's pop culture, shopping and entertainment exists. One hotspot is the Mercado de Artesanías, a market consisting of some 30 stalls featuring woolen goods, wood carvings, leather goods, pottery and jewelry. Visitors also have the opportunity to try some of the local cuisine. Also, the Mercado Central, much like the aforementioned market is a great place to buy any typical Guatemalan goods. There are dozens of shops that will suit the needs of any traveler, ranging from inexpensive to expensive in price.
You will want to visit the famous market in Chichicastenango. Here you will find many of the same handicrafts as in all of Guatemala, but the market itself is one of the most colorful in Latin America. Generally the market is only open on Sundays and Thursdays and attracts vendors from all over the country. The market here is well organized with vendors of similar goods all in one area. Among the available commodities are foods and produce, pottery, wooden boxes, medicinal plants, incense, and much more.
Quetzaltenango is known for a celebration of music and crafts that occurs every first Sunday of the month. Here vendors come from the surroundings areas and sell their crafts and partake in folkloric dance. Also, this town is known for its glass bowing, which is available for purchase as well. Finally, Quetzaltenango is home to a few well known outdoor markets and flea markets, such as Mercado Minerva. Here you can find a wide range of handicrafts much like any market in Guatemala.
In Antigua you will find many arts and crafts shops, bookstores, jewelry stores, galleries, and clothing stores with a wide range of prices.
Huehuetenango and Panajachel
In Huehuetenango visiting shoppers will enjoy the Mercado Central, home to many different vendors selling a wide rango of local handicrafts. In Panajachel, shoppers will be pleased to find Ojalá Antiques, a handy antiques and collectables shop as well as the Tinimit Maya, an outdoor market selling many different handicrafts and commodities.