Gifted photographer Michel Vial sells his artwork on limited-edition postcards and T-shirts as well as straight-up prints at El Antro del Fotógrafo (Real de Guadalupe 64, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m. daily). Most images sold are set in San Cristóbal—many juxtaposing the indigenous population against the graffiti art found around town. Prices are reasonable, similar to the mass-produced items you’ll see in other gift shops. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve seen a different side of the city.
La Milagrosa (Real de Guadalupe near Insurgentes, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily) specializes in boho-hip artesanía and clothing from central Mexico locales like San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, and Guanajuato. Whimsical and eye-catching, the store’s items showcase the skill and versatility of Mexican folk artists. This is a great place to window shop or to get something a little different to take home with you.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition