Long rows of vendors sell unique hammocks, textiles, ceramics, and decorative crafts from artisans around El Salvador. The quality of the art and crafts is high, and also the prices aren't bad of what is the capital's best handicrafts market.
Diconte Artisans' Shop
This five-room shop inside the town of Ataco, over the Ruta de las Flores, offers unique whimsical paintings,
woodcarvings, and crafts inside surrealistic design of Ataco's two main artists, in addition to a room filled with colorful textiles made on-site by artisans working five old-style looms. You can also watch the artisans work in the shade of any small garden-side coffee and dessert cafe here.
Mercado Central near San Salvador's central plaza may be the antimercado. It's a sprawling, seemingly chaotic warren of shouting vendors, blaring horns, and old women in traditional clothes chopping vegetables within the street. Its biggest attraction is the fact that it's not an attraction. Instead, it is the place to visit if you need to see a slice of unfiltered El Salvadoran life.
El Arbol de Dios
El Salvador's most well-known artist has gone to live in more expansive premises, where the guy can now display his distinctive naïve art and just how he helps it be.