Best Places to Shop in Puerto Vallarta
From artisan flea markets to high-end boutiques, there is enough shopping to do in Puerto Vallarta for everyone. After spending more than 15 years in Puerto Vallarta, these are my top 5 favorite spots to shop in town.
Cuale River Artisan Flea Market
This is really where you can shop ’til you drop. The craft flea market hosts dozens of stalls that sell both traditional Mexican items and souvenirs to take home and remember your vacation by. There is a wide array of beautiful glass pieces and clay crafts painted in bright colors that are worth checking out. Prices are very affordable. The market follows Cuale River which separates Dowtown from the Romantic Zone. Make sure to cross over the rope bridge for a little extra fun!
Walk around the boardwalk to see all the boats, and there are tons of little restaurants to choose from. Thursday they have a great outdoor market for shopping.
There is a huge variety of unique stores and galleries along the Malecon and Old Town. Tasco is the leading producer of silver in the country, and there are tons of shops that sell very high-quality silver jewelry at a great price. Avoid the metal jewelry that beach vendors may be trying to sell you along the way. If you are into art, the local indigenous tribe sells their very unique art. The style is called Huichol art, and Vallarta has some of the best collections in Mexico.
This area is up-and-coming, and it features high-end boutiques, art galleries, fashionable bars, and hip restaurants. There is a little bit for everyone. It is becoming a bustling ex-pat and LGBT community, so prices may be a little higher than the rest of the city. The beach in the Romantic Zone is also one of the best, so after shopping, you can grab a margarita at one of the many beach bars and take a sunset beach walk to Los Muertos Pier.
If you are looking for a more typical mall setting, check out Galerias Vallarta. It is a huge modern shopping mall with a great selection of all types of retail stores. There are lots of great stores, but definitely not cheap ones. Liverpool is the biggest store there and definitely worth checking out. Most employees speak perfect English which makes things a lot easier for tourists!
This is especially true since it is close to the cruise ship port, so they cater mostly to international customers. There is a pretty decent food court where you can find all sorts of restaurants. Also, they have large underground parking, making it very easy to get to.