Whenever I go to Sayulita, I always make sure to leave extra room in my luggage for the goods I get while there. This past trip, I was on a budget and I was doing oh so well (although Evoke’s new ceramics made it painfully difficult) but in an extremely girly stereotype I did some retail therapy; after circling Pachamama and Calle Delfin twice, relented and bought a bag and a baby surfer sweatshirt for Little Reef. “Haha, such a woman, we argue and you leave for 20 minutes and come back with a handbag.” If I could shop in just one store for the rest of my life, it would be probably Sayulita’s Pachamama — and it’s always my first stop when I’m in town. Jessica Alba even stopped by there this year! From being featured in Julia Chapin’s Gypset Life, to the owners, the Mignot sisters, also called Les Gazelles, grazing the pages of international magazines, this boutique has a pretty strong cult following. From one-of-a-kind leather and pearl pieces to caftan style, hand-embroidered Mexican wedding dresses, you’ll stock up on exotic gifts for friends and then some. Be sure to stop by the art gallery next door, a gorgeous space alone highlighting the beautiful work of local artists. 4B Calle Delfin
Check out some of my favorite finds I’ve accumulated over the years from Sayulita and here’s a list of my favorite shopping destinations in town.
Loveera bikinis. I was pumped to see one of my favorite local surf bikini makers, Jade Lovera, now had a stand right in town on the main strip of Calle Delfin. Each piece is one of a kind which is killer for my buyers’ remorse!
Ula Boutique. The owner’s sweet smile that lights up even the sunniest of Sayu sidewalks draws me into this boutique every time and Ula reminds me of my ideal beach bedroom, bikinis, bright colors, great decor and accessories abound. One of my favorite features of this store though is the enamel, candy colored chandelier! Calle Marlin and corner of Ave Del Palmer Norte
Evoke. There is something so beautiful and serene in the way in which American, Brittney Borjeson, approaches local Huichol culture and curates her store, Evoke. No wonder this spot is fast becoming a Sayulita must-stop. You’ll find beautiful locally made clothing, textiles and jewelry, many of which are made by the Huichol tribe. What set’s Evoke’s textiles apart from what you might see being sold in the town square are the soft beautiful colours. This is because Borjeson encourages her artisans to use natural dyes and traditional ways of making these pieces. A favorite is the Thousand Prayers beaded jewelry from Evoke; handcrafted by the women of the Huichol tribe of Nayarit, each bead is infused with a prayer. I was blown away by one of the latest installations to the store, a wall of bullheads yarn paintings! Check these out from Evoke’s instagram EvokeTheSpirit below. 12a Jose Mariscal
Révolucion del Sueño. I heard this was Sayulita’s first boutique. It’s a really fun pop-art Mexican crafts experience. So quirky and colorful and it’s the place in town where you can load up on well-priced but unique tchotchkes for friends back home. Calle Navarrete 55
Sayulita Market or the Mercado del Pueblo. This was once at the Casa de Cultura, but they changed locations this year, and in the typical Sayulita way of not using addresses, I can tell you it’s near the Oxxo. Ask around and you’ll find it as well as the days of operation. From the freshest produce of local farmers in the Nayarit area to handmade Huichol textiles to local chefs fixing their finest, the Mercado del Pueblo has you covered.
Galería Liz y Curiel. Full disclosure I stumbled on this gallery after falling in love with an adorable baby (check her out below) while walking past this gallery. I am a huge fan of surrealism; my favorite artist is easily, Salvador Dalí and some of Curiel’s work definitely reminded me of this. The husband and wife, local to Sayulita (although they have galleries throughout Mexico), are a dynamic force to behold. It was extremely hard to walk out of there empty handed. You couldn’t take photos in the gallery, but isn’t she cute?! frente a la plaza principal
Sayulita, Mexico. 2015