Shopping in Zacatecas centers around the state’s mining traditions, offering many products made of gold, silver, other metals, and precious stones. Traditional products made of carved pink stone, pyrographed saddlery, and colorful yarns and fabrics are also available. Ceramics and pottery, stone carving, textiles, leatherwork, and pita and lechuguilla fibers are also recognized. Great gifts to take home include carved wooden items, ironwork, basketry, blown glass, resin, papier mâche, carved stone pieces, gems, and metals like copper, iron, and gold. Other special gifts include pyrographed leather items, handmade wooden furniture, miniature furniture, plaster figures, and glass chaquira beads. Also available are traditionally made foodstuffs like agave-based drinks, and traditional candies. These popular crafts in Zacatecas combine both indigenous and Spanish traditions.
The Centro Platero de Zacatecas (Zacatecas Silver Center), located in the former Hacienda de Bernardez in the city of Guadalupe, is an initiative for promoting crafts. It functions as a training school for teachers working in gold and silver. IDEAZ, the Instituto de Desarollo Artesanal de Zacatecas (the Zacatecas Craft Development Institute), is the primary promoter of craft production in the state. An array of products awaits shoppers in the Casa de las Artesanías (House of Crafts) in the Plazuela de San Agustin. There is an entire exhibit dedicated to the works of the craftspeople of Zacatecas, who fully utilize regional materials. Visitors can buy or just admire shining silverwork, colorful Huichol chaquira beadwork, leather, beautiful sculptures, and charming fountains made from quarried stone.
The craft market is the place for t-shirts, candies, toys, gold and silverwork, and traditional leather pieces. The Centro Platero de Zacatecas is where to buy pieces made from locally mined silver. And at the Güichito, weary shoppers will find delicious traditional Zacatecan candies. And if you are not interested in buying but wish to soak up the historical atmosphere, visit the capital’s historic center and the González Ortega market where Neoclassical architecture complements an extensive range of products for sale. The Portal de Rosales gate witnessed legendary battles but is now lined with boutiques, pastry shops, cafes, bookstores, and art galleries.