There’s a whole lot more to Mexican shopping that garish sombreros and mini piñatas. Mexico has a huge array of different items that lure savvy shoppers in year after year. Pottery is a big market here with brightly painted skulls always popular with visitors, as is silver, both of which can be found in abundance throughout the entire country. For those purchasing silver, be sure to check for the .925 stamp on the item to ensure it is sterling.
Naturally, a trip to Mexico wouldn’t be complete without coming home fully stocked up with tequila or mezcal. When buying tequila, make sure it is ‘anejo’, which means ‘aged’, as this has a much better taste. There are also plenty of places to buy decorated shot glasses or margarita glasses so you have something beautiful from which to consume your alcohol.
Clothing is also a big draw for shoppers in Mexico. Woven ponchos and leather goods are all readily available for a fraction of what they would cost elsewhere. Panama hats are also sold in abundance as are traditional Yucatecan outfits, although stick to the traditional linen or cotton items as these are more comfortable and of a higher quality.
Is bargaining acceptable in Mexico?
For the most part, yes, bargaining is acceptable. Proper shops and food outlets generally don’t allow it but in markets and bazaars it is both accepted and encouraged, with many vendors treating it almost like a game. In Mexico, markets and souvenirs usually have what is known as a “tourist price”, which is considerably higher than what a local would pay for the same item. If the price seems too high then it almost definitely is, so go ahead and start haggling and if you can negotiate in Spanish this will greatly help your chances of getting a lower price.