Tlaquepaque is a shopping experience in Sedona that should not be missed. If you want unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the place for you. The plaza is modeled after a traditional Mexican village and houses over 40 shops, including over a dozen galleries, jewelry shops, five restaurants, and half a dozen clothiers.
The atmosphere here is that of artsy meets the Southwest, with everything from hand-blown glass and handmade shoes to paintings, pottery, silver, leather, silk, music boxes, and even furniture. The plaza was originally conceived as an artist’s community in the 1970s, and it’s not unusual to see an artist working on one of their latest pieces. It’s best to take your time walking through this beautiful plaza, because you never know what’s around the next corner or through the next archway. Cobblestone walkways and fountains trickling make this truly a one-of-a-kind shopping event.
Wedding also take place in this plaza. There’s a small chapel on the grounds that is the perfect location for a spring wedding, as is the beautiful courtyards. Don’t be surprised to see a wedding party or two.
Parking is free on the grounds as well as across the street. Getting in and out of the center can be a little difficult, as the road that it sits on (Highway 179) is a major thoroughfare for the city and gets very busy. There are several public restrooms on the grounds as well as drinking fountains. Comfortable shoes a recommended, as there are stairs and cobblestone walkways.