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the Lake Chapala area offers a large and interesting selection of shops selling arts and crafts from all regions of Mexico. Local artists have opened galleries  where, for instance, jewelry designers showcase their one-of-a-kind creations or painters sell their pieces. A high-end shop might have elegant Mexican furnishings with which to decorate your new Mexican villa or take home as a reminder of the time you spent in Lake Chapala. Other shops offer lovely beach bags or cover-ups if you packed light or are coming from the snow and are looking for chic grments.

• One note about Lake Chapala shops is that they often close for a few “siesta” hours in the afternoon. However, they reopen around 5 p.m. and often stay open until 9 p.m., allowing you to enjoy a relaxing time of browsing and shopping on your way to or from dinner.

For a less formal shopping environment, there are at least three regular outdoor markets in the Lake Chapala area.  Monday mornings there is a market starting at 10 AM and going until about 12:30.  Tuesdays is the organic food market which offers a wide variety of organics ready-to-eat foods as well as staples. The Wednesday the market has a large selection of all kinds of merchandise and food and there is plenty of parking for all three.

The Monday Market (Mercado de los Lunes) is in San Antonio Tlay - one block east of Superlake - turn towards the lake - it's one block down on the left hand side.

10AM - 12:30PM Mondays.  Wonderful food to go - meats, fresh veggies ans fruits. homemade bread, health items, plants, clothing, herbs, jewelry, sausages and much more!

Lake Chapala Farmer's Market "Organic Products Locally Grown" At La Huerta Eventos - on the carreatera, west Ajijic.

10AM - 12:30PM Tuesdays.  Chickens, eggs, vegetables, cheese, specialty breads, meat, fish, pasta, honey, gluten free food, Greek yogurt, home prepared foods, organic fertilizers.
Other options for shopping can be found on a visit to neighboring  towns or Guadalahara. A shopping trip to Guadalahara, however, is for many people a daunting experience. For one thing, the crowded streets and pollution can be a shock after the calmness and serenity of Lake Chapala. Also, the prices are much the same as Lake Chapala, while the selection does not increase much and the amount of artisan or handmade goods might actually decrease.