La Paz has little in the way of folk art or other treasures from mainland Mexico. But the dense cluster of streets behind the Hotel Perla, between 16 de Septiembre and Degollado, abounds with small shops -- some tacky, others quite upscale. This area also holds a very small but authentic Chinatown dating to the time when Chinese laborers were brought to settle in Baja. Serdán Street, from Degollado south, offers dozens of sellers of dried spices, piñatas, and candy. On Tuesdays, there's a natural products street market in front of Buffalo BBQ from 9am to noon; on Saturdays, it decamps to the street in front of Corazón Café.

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