San Salvador - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

No, I don’t think so. You can go to the Fernando Llort gallery and get some tiles or prints, but that’s about all I can think of. - Feb 2022


There are some interesting things to buy and great wood working. We have had several gorgeous pieces of furniture made for us out of locally grown Teak or Conacaste wood. (FYI, very heavy!) We have bought a beautiful hammock here. There are many more interesting handicrafts in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. A 5-hour drive but popular long weekend destination. - Aug 2021


There are good wooden furniture and handicrafts, ceramics to be found up near Ataco and on road to beach, some artisan stuff as well and some very good artists can be found in San Salvador and in Ataco and Suchitoto. - Jun 2018


Hammocks, tie dye. For better shopping, head to Antigua in Guatemala. - Mar 2018


There’s some artwork and furniture to buy, but nothing for which I would go out of my way. - Jan 2018


A few; the quality is not great and expensive at times for the location and quality. - Nov 2017


This is the place where I've done the least amount of shopping. There's a trend to develop more "artisanal" pop-up markets and things so this is changing... - Jul 2016


Head to Guatemala to buy really lovely art. But there is some nice stuff here, too. Pottery, hand-woven hammocks, etc. - Jun 2015


Art from Francisco Llort, trips to other Central American countries, COFFEE! - Oct 2014


None. - Jul 2014


Indigenous culture is long gone in ES. For pottery, textile, weavings, head to Guate. - Apr 2012


hammocks, local handicrafts, Llort art, and wind chimes. - Jul 2011


Black earthenware pottery, Fernando Llort art, hammocks, kitsch. There is MUCH better shopping to be had in Guatemala, and many of the nice things to buy here are actually copies of Guatemalan styles. - May 2010


There are some local crafts that are unique: pottery and basketry. Guatemala has a much better selection of local artisan crafts, and it is only a few hours away. - Feb 2009


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