The best place for a wide selection of handicrafts, including Garífuna dolls, Lenca pottery, tribal textiles and jewelry, and other assorted items from around the region and country, is the Rain Forest Souvenir shop (Av. La Bastilla; tel. 504/2443-2917). Alternatively, Souvenir El Buen Amigo (tel. 504/2414-5504) sells a variety of handicrafts and regional items at their two locations, beside Expatriates Restaurant in Barrio El Iman and on Av. 14 de Julio, downtown. PiQ' Art Gallery (Av. Morazán, beside Farmacia Kielsa; tel. 504/2440-4041) sells paintings from Honduran artists, as well as assorted crafts and furniture. They just opened a small cafe and plan on turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, too.

The Mall Megaplaza, at Avenidas Morazán and 22a Calle, is home to North American chain stores, fast food restaurants, a movie theater, an Internet cafe, and a few banks. Visiting this mall makes for a completely un-Honduran experience, but there is air conditioning. It's open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Even if you don't buy anything, it's worth the effort to walk through La Ceiba's main rambling street market, where you'll find plenty of mouthwatering fruits and vegetables on display. Be sure to wash any in purified water before eating them, though. If you look hard enough, you'll find a baleada stand or two. For stuff like CDs, DVDs, shoes, sunglasses, beach towels, or crafts, look no further. The market is on 6a Calle and Avenidas 14 de Julio, and is open Monday to Saturday 6am to 5pm, Sunday 6am to noon. It costs L10 to L50 to enter the market grounds.

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