Talavera, Skeletons and Gifts, Oh My!

Talavera, Skeletons and Gifts, Oh My!

Bucerias has a bounty of small shops and stalls to buy local and typical Mexican gifts and keepsakes.  Like many Mexican towns, you can find a repeat of some of the same things as you meander through the stalls immediately south of the square (and a few other shops on the other side of the bridge).  These places are a treasure trove of less expensive trinkets which are always fun.

We have also had a great appreciation for quality, authentic Mexican Talavera pottery (a white glaze marked base with many color patterns available, only from the city of Puebla).  This is not quite as easy to find.  And I’ve collected skeleton art for years but I typically couldn’t find it locally but rather in neighboring towns like San Pancho or south to Puerto Vallarta.

Arte 329 Mexico: Bucerias ShopsA few trips ago we discovered a shop that has both of our favorite things; favorite typical skeleton art, Talavera and other lovely gifts.  It’s located at Lazaro Cardenas, on the right side of the street almost do the bridge that leads to the square; across from Sukha restaurant.  The owners are David Lara and his wife Sonia (not there on the day of the photos). They live in Bucerias with their two daughters.  We have purchased many things from him and he is a delightful, friendly, English speaking man.  His shop is a standout in Bucerias for authentic Talavera, skeleton art and other unique gifts of the region priced very reasonably.  The last visit we bought a beautiful new butter dish for our condo.

The shop was called David’s at last visit but he told me that they are in the process of changing the name of their shop to Arte 329 Mexico.  So if you stumble upon that sign instead, you are at the right place!

Skeleton Art in BuceriasIf you meander through town you will find there are many shopping options for knick knacks, pottery, vases, mugs and more typical tourist items like Bucerias mugs, hats and t-shirts. There is something for everyone around town.

And if more upscale boutique shops are more your style, there is a growing number of those as well!  In the last few years I’ve seen several new, stylized shops offering clothing, jewelry, handbags and more, curated from all over Mexico.


Considering a vacation to Bucerias?  Check the calendar and book our Gorgeous Oceanfront Condo.  David’s shop is right across the street from the building!