The state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, is home to a large indigenous population whose artistic, cultural and clothing traditions have had an enormous impact on the state’s culture.
During your trip as a tourist, you can find incredible food, candy, trinkets or embroidery in Chiapas’ recurring local markets or in the outdoor mobile markets that open once a week in different cities.
With our list and tips of the best markets in Chiapas, we want to make it easy for you to organize your shopping excursions during your vacation in Chiapas, Mexico.
Outside one of the most beautiful churches in San Cristóbal, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, a Chiapas market dedicated to handicrafts opens daily and offers for sale work and art production from all corners of the region.
There are amber jewelry, pottery, traditional Chiapas clothing and textiles, leather goods and handmade decorative objects.
For gourmets and lovers of sweets to take home, stop at the candy and craft market on the avenue “Insurgentes”.
Don’t forget to try Chiapas’ regional specialties, including caramelized pumpkin candies, sweet popcorn, candied apples, coconut bars and yuca root candies.
You can also find colorful handmade jewelry and other regional crafts at this market in Chiapas.
For something off the traditional tourist route from Chiapas to Mexico, take an afternoon to explore the municipal market in the city of San Cristóbal, Chiapas, where you can sample the local cuisine, watch traditional clothing being made and admire the fruits and vegetables of the region.
Zinacantán is a fascinating indigenous region in the highlands of Los Altos in Chiapas, Mexico. The Tzotzil Maya of the region are especially known for their colourful and finely embroidered huipils (a kind of tunic) and for the long, colourful tunics decorated with pompoms worn by the men of the community. An open-air market held every Sunday highlights these fashions and the latest textile trends in the Chiapas region.
Only 10 kilometers from San Cristóbal is San Juan Chamula, a unique city in the world, known for its strong indigenous roots and its indigenous rock band, Vayijel.
On Sundays, their Chiapas market takes place in the town’s main square, but there is also a smaller daily market during the week.
A good time to visit Chamula is the Día de San Juan (June 24), the day that honors their patron saint.
San Andrés Larráinzar is a little further from San Cristóbal than San Juan and was an important place during the 1994 Zapatista revolution that took place in that state.
The city is known for its beautiful textiles and traditional clothing that Tzotzil Mayan artisans sell in this market in Chiapas. Its colorful and traditional market takes place on Sunday, November 30 and celebrates the city’s patron saint, San Andrés.
Tenejapa is a small Tzeltal farming village with one of the most dynamic markets in the Chiapas highlands. A small market in Chiapas opens on Sundays, but Thursday is the main market day that you should try to visit. We recommend the Tenejapa carnival in early February, one of the most beautiful in Chiapas. It takes place on January 23rd to celebrate the patron saint, San Ildefonso.
San Pedro Chenalhó is another small village, mainly tzotzil, located about 30 kilometres from San Cristóbal. This village has a large colourful market on Saturdays where you can find local textiles and handicrafts as well as food and household items.
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