Are you visiting Oaxaca and looking to bring home something truly unique?
You're in the right place.
Renown for its diverse regional pottery, hand embroidered clothing, and loom woven textiles, Oaxaca is a folk art haven. We highly encourage you to shop to your hearts content because supporting local artisans is the best way to have a positive impact as a visitor of Oaxaca.
If you love what you find, consider leaving with an extra suitcase or shipping a box home. We can guarantee you'll be happy you did and that you'll enjoy your Oaxacan treasures for years to come.
Here are our favorite boutiques to shop while in Oaxaca.
Be prepared to fall in love!
tienda + café
One of our absolute favorite boutiques in Oaxaca, LIA has a ceramic selection that will bring your jaw to the floor. They also carry pieces from some of my favorite artisan brands like pillow cases and table runners from Camino de los Altos and clothing from Khadi. They have a wide range of products and are definitely not one to miss.
Location: 5 Mayo 201-1, Oaxaca de Juarez
boutique + bar
An upscale boutique, Marchanta hosts a beautifully curated clothing collection featuring designers from all over Mexico. You'll also find jewelry, shoes, and rugs amongst other dreamy items. Just a few minutes walking from LIA, these are two boutiques are a great hit at the same time.
Location: Avenida Jose Maria Morelos 802
Cooperativa 1050° is a boutique dedicated solely to traditional Oaxacan pottery. A cooperative that works with makers from across the region, this is a great store to get a taste of what Oaxacan pottery has to offer. You'll find barro rojo, barro negro, and other beautifully designed pieces you won't want to leave the store without.
Location: Rufino Tamayo 800
GU SHU specializes in naturally dyed silk garments. Their pieces are unique, light, and can be dressed up or down. They are located on one of our favorite little streets in Oaxaca, very close to Cooperativa 1050° and across from La Jicara, a bookstore that is also a must-see in Oaxaca.
Location: Calle Porfirio Díaz 902, Centro
Once In Oaxaca
Located in the picturesque Jalatlaco neighborhood, Once in Oaxaca has quickly become a popular hang out spot. Founded by the artist Jaime Levin, Once in Oaxaca offers post cards, pins, and other Oaxaca memorabilia too cute not to take home. If you're looking for a smaller souvenir, this store is for you. There is also a cafe with internet and outdoor seating to work on your laptop.
Location: Calle Curtidurías 121C
Nadya Padilla is a Oaxacan designer blending traditional and contemporary styles into clothing you will love. Her dresses are wearable statement pieces that will earn you compliments every-time you wear them. Her boutique is right off El Llano, making it a convenient stop on your visit to the biggest park in the city.
Location: Pino Suárez 804
One of the hippest spots in town, Kiyo Café is a fantastic cafe and boutique. One of the few cafes in Oaxaca where you can order a matcha latte, you'll come for coffee and leave with the coolest necklace you're ever seen. The boutique has a little bit of everything - clothing, ceramics, and art - on the contemporary side.
Location: Manuel Bravo 312
$ - $$$
Arte Seda is our personal favorite place to buy clothing in Oaxaca. This Oaxacan family makes naturally dyed clothing with raw silk they produce in-house as well as shirts, pants, and skirts in natural linen, and cotton. We especially love their mens shirts. The best selection is at their boutique in Teotitlan del Valle, a forty-five minute drive from Oaxaca's center. If you happen to take the day trip to Teotitlan, don't miss a visit to Arte Seda. If you want to visit them closer to centro, they have a booth at a market in Colonia Reforma only open Friday and Saturday 9am to 3pm.
Location: Calle Almendros 417, Reforma OR Av. B. Juarez #70420, Teotitlán del Valle
$$ - $$$
Kiti Kuati is a Oaxacan run brand offering embroidered clothing that rests between modern and traditional. Known for their adorable embroidered animals, like scorpions and humming birds, this boutique is very centrally located on the north side of the botanical garden. One of the more affordable clothing options on our list, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the creative pieces you can find here.
Location: Humboldt 109, Centro