Market shopping—and margaritas—in Mexico.

By Travel & Leisure
August 24, 2012
Tim Fuller Photography

Nogales, Mexico, is like Tijuana Lite—much friendlier and easier to navigate. Nogales’s bustling market stalls are right near the border, so simply park your vehicle on the Arizona side (also called Nogales) and walk across. Prices for pottery, glassware, rugs, and jewelry aren’t fixed, so be ready to barter.

La Roca

Just across the border, the restaurant is the swankest in the city, serving up classics like chicken mole and Azteca soup.

Hacienda Corona

An elegantly restored ranch house compound with a tiled pool overlooking desert hills (they’re part of Guevavi Ranch, the oldest cattle operation in Arizona).

El Cendaro

Shop for handicrafts from San Miguel de Allende at this colorful spot.

Paul Bond Boot Company

On the Arizona side of the border town of Nogales (locals cross over seamlessly on an almost daily basis), this boot maker has been around since the 1950’s and sells handcrafted pairs from $500.