Founded in 1976, the National Handicraft Market is a must visit if you want to buy local colorful handcrafts created by masterful artisans from around El Salvador.
There are 33 little stores that offer thousands of souvenirs made locally. Hammocks, tablecloths, pictures, paintings on turkey feathers, hats, purses, pottery, clay and wood figurines, there is no limit to what you can find in this place. Even a keychain made with a local seed known as “bull’s eye” or “deer’s eye”. If you want to take home a traditional toy you can buy a “Capirucho” (a bell made of wood, tied to a small wood stick), At the National Handicraft Market you can even find wood yoyos with the national flag painted on them.
One of the must have items are indigo-dyed cotton clothing. Very traditional from El Salvador. Hand-embroidered clothing with bright colors can be very attractive to some buyers. Jewelry, accessories, belts, shoes and handbags made of leather and other materials will surprise you.
However, do not forget to bargain. This is a must in all El Salvador’s handcrafts markets. You can pay cash or credit cards in this location.
How to get there:
The National Handicraft Market is located on the Pan-American Highway going west (to Santa Tecla). There is a baseball stadium and The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) nearby.
If you drive a vehicle, you can park for free.
The bus routes to take are: 101, 42 and 30-B (opposite side of the street). Tickets for $ 0.25 to $ 0.35 cents
Where to eat:
This traditional handicraft market also offers cafeteria service with very competitive prices. Don’t forget to try traditional natural juices but you can find sodas as well. Food is basic, ranging from typical to “home style” dishes.
From Monday to Sunday: from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Open on holidays, except August 5 (day of San Salvador festivities) December 25th and 1 January.
Cafeteria: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Administrative Offices: 2534-9771