Mercado de Artesanias, Tlaquepaque
Traditionally a suburb of Guadalajara, the similarly syllable-full municipality is now considered a part of the urban sprawl that encompasses Jalisco’s largest city. I expected more of a haul but in all it only took 15-20 minutes on the bus from the center of the city- an hour once counting the heated 45 minutes it took to find the bus stop. Fun fact about bus stops in Guadalajara- they’re not marked and require more than a handful of intuition and people watching if you ever expect to get one.
Photos of the streets and sculpture are on their way but when the overhead sun had been baking our backs for a little too long we caught some relief in this indoor artisans market, located on half a level of a parking structure cordoned off for arts sake. Tlaquepaque is known for its handmade merchandise, specializing in pottery and beautiful blown glass, as evidenced by the firearm shaped liquor bottles above.
There really was some gorgeous handicrafts available for sale- the nicest part was being able to browse at leisure. The sellers seemed relaxed, not once did someone push us to look at something they just knew we needed.. instead they listlessly smiled or nodded as you floated by their set-up, soaking in the central Mexican decor.