San Miguel de Allende is a world class shopping destination, with abundant specialized shops and galleries offering local arts and crafts as well as products coming from other areas of Mexico. Local crafts include metalwork, papier mache, hand-blown glass, stained glass pottery and furniture. The many artists who make this city their home fill the city with beautiful details and offer their work for sale.
As you wander the streets of San Miguel, you may not be able to resist entering the quirky or elegant shops and boutiques that you'll inevitably pass. Zocalo, La Calaca and Tesoros are boutiques that specialize in Mexican folk art, but you will come across many others as well. Even if you weren't planning on buying anything, you may find you need an extra suitcase to carry all your purchases home.
You'll find the best deals at San Miguel de Allende's handicrafts market. Located near the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, along Andador Lucas Balderas between Calle Colegio and Calle Loreto, this market takes up three city blocks and is full of stalls selling regional products. Don't be shy to bargain, it's part of the fun!
Just a ten minute walk north of the city center, a 19th century former textile factory has been converted into an arts and design center. Fabrica La Aurora has artists studios and galleries, and furniture and interior design stores. Several of the artists who have studios here offer art classes. There's also a cafe and restaurants, so when you get tired you can take a break and enjoy a quiet moment until you're ready to shop some more.