Every day the plaza surrounding the Templo y Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo hosts an artesanía market (Av. 20 de Noviembre near Nicaragua, 8 a.m.–sunset) where you’ll see row upon row of colorful huipiles and dresses, thick wool sweaters, woven belts, embroidered placemats, Zapatista dolls, stuffed animals, and any number of handmade creations. Be sure to take a walk around the market before you buy—each step likely will reveal something unexpected.
Advertised as the place to buy local sweets, Mercado de Dulces y Artesanías (Av. Insurgentes at Calle Hermanos Domínguez, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily) only has a small section dedicated to sugary Chiapanecan products. There’s also a large variety of handwoven clothing, woodwork, leather goods, and jewelry. It’s a great place to head if it’s raining (it’s located indoors) or for last-minute shopping (it’s open late).
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition