The original market, designed by Miguel Rivera Maestre, was located at the Plazuela del Sagrario where the first cemetery of the city used to be. Throughout the years it has been used for different purposes. In 1871, it was used as barracks, but due to the earthquakes of 1917 and 1918, the building started deteriorating. After the earthquake of 1976 it was declared a dangerous building, and it was re-built underground. At present, it offers a wide range of products, including foodstuffs such as grains, fruits and vegetables, live animals, and a great variety of handicrafts made of textiles, silver, leather, wood, maize leaves, bamboo, clay and many other materials.
This urban shopping center includes more than 100 stores of best national and international brands. Customers can find anything from laser disks, clothing, and electric appliances to outdoor gear, shoes, novelties, gifts and many other things. The third floor has a variety of restaurants that cater to every taste. There are entertainment facilities for children and adults in the form of movie theaters, bowling alleys and amusement arcades. It is well worth using the facilities that this shopping center has to offer, and appreciating its unique interior decor.
This is one of the oldest shopping centers in Guatemala. It is very popular and has several cheap shops. Here you will find bookstores, pharmacies, electric appliances, boutiques, beauty salons, gift stores, home accessories and jewelry. You will also find one of the stores of Paiz supermarkets, the most popular supermarket in Guatemala. You can also come to this place to relax in one of its coffee shops, eat lunch in one of its restaurants, or have a drink in one of its bars.
This department store is one of the biggest in Guatemala. By going over its three levels you will find every department from men's, women's, and children's clothes, to furniture and electric equipment for your home. They stock a variety of articles for your home, books, sporting goods, baby goods, shoes, jewelry, perfumes, and personal accessories. All of this from the best brands. The friendly staff are very efficient.
The little shop filling the entranceway to Sabe Rico is a sweet place, in all senses of the word. It stocks specialty foods both packaged and homemade, including gluten-free products ranging from chocolates and granola to bread and pasta. The already impressive establishment is increasingly amazing as patrons walk deeper; the shop gives way to a courtyard, then two separate garden areas filled with lush greenery and charming shaded tables. The menu lists a delicious variety of dishes, and pleasant surprises like teas brewed from herbs grown organically just a few feet from your table... or, with luck, the pure white rabbit who was too cute to cook might pop out of the vegetation to lend a fanciful feel to your dining experience.
A small bookshop in the entrance of this well-known Antigua establishment stocks a good number of titles, and a gamut of seating arrangements provide the ideal spot to curl up with your new read or discuss it with new friends. To keep you fueled, the menu offers a variety of cuisines (including plenty of vegetarian food), such hummus and falafel, traditional breakfasts, and plentiful drink selections. Happy hour runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every evening, with live music most nights and lectures about local history and environmental initiatives every Tuesday.
Plaza El Amate has a circular facade and was built especially for street-side vendors. This distinct shopping center is where you will find various vendor stalls selling local wares ranging from clothes, food, spices, trinkets, souvenirs and more. You can haggle here with these vendors and buy things at an affordable rate.
Out of all the malls that dot Guatemala City, Galerias Primma is popular among the little ones because of the amazing theme park that it houses. Here, the entertaining Chuck E Cheese's and restaurants like McDonald's Primma keep children smiling throughout the day. For the elders, Galerias Primma houses several boutiques that cater to the fashion needs of men as well as women. A number of eclectic restaurants and cafes make sure that hunger does not intrude your shopping bliss.
This is a large chain of bookshops and stationers. It makes its own gift wrap, card, glossy paper and other types of paper. It also sells exercise books, pencil cases, erasers and everything else needed for school and office. As for books, you can find Guatemalan classics such as The Mystery of the Green World and Legends of Guatemala, or text books on mathematics, social studies, natural science, geography, encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is a wide range for children, including books of stories, games, puzzles and for coloring. Don't miss this shop when you come to Guatemala.
Influenced by food halls such as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Mercado Roma, La Esquina is amongst the best places for foodies in town. Its well-planned design is vibrant and exudes of Guatemalan flair in every way, right from the decorative elements to the produce and food. Tying up with local producers who are known for their sustainable practises, you will find only organic, Guatemalan products and produce at their stalls. Shop for poultry, cheese, seafood, meat, cheese, fruits, wines, vegetables, jams, seeds, condiments, flowers and more to keep your pantry updated with this region's foods. Or for a culinary delight, hop across their eatery sections or vendors for delicious doughnuts, pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, tamales, tacos, ceviches and salads. The food served is contemporary Guatemalan cuisine. So relish your way at this fantastic food hall.