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“Go Shop, but Hold on to Your Wallet”

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
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Discover Sedona Small-group Tour
Ranked #25 of 156 things to do in Sedona
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A Sedona landmark since the 1970's, Tlaquepaque treats visitors and local residents to an exceptional collection of galleries, shops and dining establishments. Named after the picturesque Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque construction began in 1971 with the creation of the wall along the highway. Giant sycamores and stately cottonwoods dapple the light in the courtyards, encouraging the visitors to meander from one courtyard to the next. While meandering stop by and view our Chapel on property - and perhaps you might get a glimpse of a wedding and reception. Tlaquepaque hosts several community events throughout the year. Tlaquepaque is a place that visitors return to again and again - to look and wander, to sample and buy, to eat, drink and refresh body and soul. Visit us soon and discover the magic yourself!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
New Braunfels, TX
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60 reviews
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“Go Shop, but Hold on to Your Wallet”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Its a fun see. Neat shops, quite pricey, but some really unique stuff. Lots of art, sculpture and also a very interesting and different toy shop. One thing to do.....go to the ice cream shop and have the vanilla/orange combo. Tasted like the Good Humor push up from my childhood.

Visited January 2014
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Rochester, New York
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“Not what I expected”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

I thought this was a group of shops that I could browse through, possibly look for gifts for the grandkids. It is a bunch of high end, designer stores. The only one we went into was a Christmas store but the prices were more than I expected.

Visited January 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Tlaquepaque - a different kind of mall”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

336 Highway 17A, Sedona, AZ

I am not a “mall” person. When my husband suggested to visit this Tlaquepaque mall in Sedona, I was skeptic. Another mall… all malls are the same, more or less. But not Tlaquepaque, definitely not.

From the archway of the entrance and through the many cobblestone alleys, the red rock hued buildings with stucco walls, the bursts of flowers surrounding babbling fountains, the sycamore trees, you truly believed that you were in a beautifully crafted Mexican village. Starting initially as an artist community in the 1970s, Tlaquepaque – meaning “the best of everything” - had evolved into a unique shopping centre with over 40 exclusive shops and galleries.

The stunning jewellery stores had local and imported pieces of art masquerading as jewellery, and I could not resist getting a few pieces for our daughters. Gorgeously coloured original Navajo carpets hung on the walls of the buildings, each one an exquisite piece of artistry.

We were most impressed by the Navarro Gallery with eclectic bronze sculptures which seemed to come to life under our very eyes. Which one did I like the best? All of them! But if I would have to choose, probably it was a sculpture called “Freedom” representing a young girl on a horse, with a wheelchair tucked discreetly at the side. You could literally see the joy in the girl’s body riding the horse, finally liberated from the wheelchair. Not only beautiful art, but also so humane! There were also cowboys, animals, a cat playing with a ball, children… I wished I was very rich and had a big house and could take home some of this stunning art.

For a well deserved rest, we sat on the side of a gurgling fountain surrounded by flowers in a typical Spanish – or is it Mexican? – courtyard. As it started to rain, we could have found refuge in one of the tempting restaurants; but dying for a coffee, we ran to the “Secret Garden Café” that we had spotted upon our entrance to Tlaquepaque. A well kept and covered open area next to the building had tables and chairs, and already some rained-on patrons were starting to settle there. We picked a table and indulged in a sinfully huge raspberry mousse cake and perfect espressos while watching the light rain caressing the adobe walls next to the café.

I wish all the malls could be like the strangely named Tlaquepaque from Sedona.

Visited September 2013
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Sun City, Arizona
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“Always Worth At Least A Look”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Tlaquepaque is an outdoor shopping mall in downtown Sedona named after the famous arts, crafts and shopping venue in Guadalajara, Mexico. Any visit to Sedona involving women will likely involve a trip to Tlaquepaque. The Sedona developers have done a good job replicating the ambiance of the Guadalajara original, with similar interesting Mexican Colonial architecture, outdoor courtyards, stairs, balconies, trees, flowers, etc., and oftentimes musicians or strolling Mariachis. Consequently, its physical appearance, quite charming over nearly any other US mall, is an attraction itself. The other attraction is that Tlaquepaque only has local art, craft and boutique shops. There really are no chain stores, or pretend-boutiques selling ubiquitous China made-for-America merchandise. The shops are quite interesting, of original art, jewelry, ceramics, specialty clothes, etc. Some of the art compares favorably to Santa Fe, at prices much better than Santa Fe. There are nice restaurants in Tlaquepaque, a resort behind it, and being downtown, all types of shops and restaurants nearby. Normally on a visit to Sedona, if there is extra time, tourists will want to visit Tlaquepaue, if not to buy, at least to look at the beautiful things and enjoy its charming atmosphere. We last visited at the lighting of the luminaries, when it was so crowded we had to park a few blocks away, but normally it is possible to park in Tlaquepaque without difficulty.

Visited December 2013
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Lombard, Illinois
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“Have a beer and enjoy”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We visited in December so it was chilly, but they were putting out the holiday decorations and the place was very festive. The brewery is worth the stop, and if you want to hear some live music try the French Restaurant, Rene.
Very nice shopping village and we found many great things to buy there. Not the made in China junk you see everywhere else.

Visited December 2013
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