El Parián Handicrafts Market | What to See and Do in Puebla City

Mercado de Artesanias El Parian Ciudad de Puebla

The Parian handicraft market is located in the place formerly known as the antigua plazuela de San Roque, built in 1801.

This place is mostly covered in brick with talavera tiles in the poblano style.

It is considered the first artisan market in the city of Puebla and since 1961 it occupies the facilities of what was the old market called El Parián.

At present, the site is duly conditioned and refurbished, with a total of 112 stores, where the most varied handicrafts produced in the different regions of the state of Puebla are sold.

This place was called the Parián because it was an obligatory stop for muleteers coming from Veracruz, Oaxaca, La Costa Chica de Guerrero and the Capital.

This market operated from 1760 until the end of the 20th century, when, due to the appearance of the railroad, it was abandoned as a center for the concentration of cargoes, and became the La Plaza del Baratillo.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Parian is a word of Tagalog (Filipino) origin meaning market.

In Mexico during the XVII and XIX centuries, this type of commercial places were built in several cities.

Its importance lay in the kind of products that were traded there: silks, fabrics, shoes, pearls, spices, among many other products.

Their construction was linked to the colonial era and the concentration of wealth at that time. They were built in mining centers or important commercial cities.

The following types of handicrafts are offered:

  • TALAVERA: (tableware and decorative items)
  • TEXTILE: (regional costumes, sarapes, shawls, shawls, shawls, shawls, shawls, sashes and tablecloths)
  • LEATHER: (bags, briefcases, wallets, belts and huaraches)
  • CERAMICS: (tableware and decorative items)
  • POTTERY: (casseroles, pots, jugs, plates, cups and vases)
  • WOOD: (guitars, masks, canes and cassette holders)
  • PALMA: (bags, mats, folders and hats)
  • JEWELRY: (silver, alpaca, bluing and fantasy)
  • COPPER: (plates, ashtrays, trays, jugs, glasses; and bracelets).


Also, there are:

  • Wax dolls
  • Papel picado
  • Blown glass
  • Amate paper from Pahuatlan
  • Amozoc Silverware
  • Dulcería poblana

Puebla's handicrafts are the most intimate and pure part of the people and their traditions. Each one of these, transmit a message of work and talent of each of its artisans.

  • Amate Paper - Pahuatlán Puebla
  • Tree of life - Izucar de Matamoros Puebla
  • Onix – Tecali de Herrera Puebla
  • Blown glass - Puebla City
  • Spheres - Chignahuapan Puebla
  • Talavera – Cholula Puebla
  • Embroidery - Huachinango Puebla

Where El Parián Handicraft Market is Located

Address: Calle 6 Norte esquina 2 oriente #205, Centro histórico de Puebla, 72000 Puebla, Pue.

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