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Exploring the culture in San Miguel de Allende includes shopping, too. From local crafts to clothing to leather, here are five places worth stopping in:
1. Fabrica la Aurora. Once a textile factory and the largest employer in San Miguel de Allende, La Aurora closed its doors in the 1990s. The converted factory now houses antique shops, art galleries, studios and shops selling high-end furniture and home décor.
2. Mercado de Artesanías. The delightful market is the city’s best spot for authentic, reasonably priced souvenirs. Visit to pick up all kinds of local handicrafts, like embroidered tapestries and talavera plates and bowls. Smaller shops known for artisanal goods include El Nuevo Mundo, Casa Armida, and Casa del Corazón.
3. Casa Canal. Visit Casa Canal to admire beautifully made, high-quality furniture, much of it built to order. Housed in a historic colonial mansion, Casa Canal also carries jewelry, leather goods and traditional clothing.
4. Mexican Oil Cloth Store. For a unique shopping experience, browse through hundreds of brightly covered oilcloths at this store in the middle of town. Order a custom tablecloth or tote in the fabric of your choosing and it will be ready within two days time.
5. Sazón. Cooks enjoy the boutique at Sazón, the city’s best-known culinary school. The shop is stocked with a fine selection of glassware, talavera platters and embroidered tablecloths, certain to brighten your kitchen at home.