From air conditioned shopping malls to traditional markets and big name mega stores Honduras has a wide variety of shops. For visitors to the country, the best shopping is undoubtedly at the local markets where artisans and local craftsmen offer their wares at extremely affordable prices.
Copan is a centre for crafts and bohemian-style shops and stalls have artists displaying everything from jade jewellery to colonial-style paintings, wooden carvings and accessories. At other markets, such as the Guamilito Market in San Pedro Sula and San Isidro Market in Tegucigalpa, typical craft items include woodcarvings, cigars, leather goods, straw hats and bags, Guatemalan hand woven fabric, Lenca pottery and paintings. Traditional Garifuna crafts can be found in Tela and the Bay Islands which reflect their coastal heritage and utilise items such as wood, seashells and coconuts.
Some haggling is common in craft markets, although in general bartering is not part of Honduran culture. Start at half the initial asking price and light-heartedly barter to an agreed price from there.
In addition to crafts, markets are the centre of local life where everything from fruit and vegetables to household items to clothes can be found.
Malls are gaining popularity with middle class Hondurans and a range of international brand shops can be found within. Another popular shopping venue is bus stations, and in major terminals such as San Pedro Sula there are plenty of shops selling cheap clothes, shoes and costume jewellery.