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Shopping in Medellin: Handcrafts, Souvenirs and Malls
Medellin is currently the number one textile exporter in the country, manufacturing garments for the most exclusive brands in the world. Each year, Medellin hosts Colombiatex and Colombiamoda, two important international fairs that promote business deals between Europe and Latin America, bring foreign investments to Colombia, advertise quality Colombian raw materials, and offer low production costs to foreign companies. Buyers find fresh and original fabrics, as well as the latest fashion trends from Latin American and European designers. Medellin also excels with its modern shopping centers, where you can buy quality clothes, furniture, decorative objects, electronics, and household appliances.
Located on Milla de Oro Street in an upscale neighborhood in Medellin, Oviedo offers over 1,022,500 sq. feet of shopping space with more than 285 stores and a spacious parking lot. At Oviedo, you can find all sorts of specialty shops, domestic and international brand-name stores, retailers and department stores, as well as banks, restaurants, sporting goods stores, home furnishings, a movie theater, a casino, a kids' amusement park and even a hotel.
This shopping center features 200 specialty shops and department stores carrying all sorts of merchandise, including clothing for adults and children along with jewelry, sporting goods, CDs, photography accessories, home furnishings and decor, an optometrist, banks, restaurants, and a fast food court. It has a spacious parking lot and an entertainment area for the whole family.
This place masterfully combines a unique architectural and urban design with the beauty of the natural surroundings, all in one place. El Tesoro provides a blend of great shopping, pretty scenery, and top entertainment never before seen in Medellin. It features almost 300 shops, including designers like Calvin Klein, Zara, Mango, Nine West, Tous, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Puma and Adidas, just to name a few. There are also movie theaters, drugstores, music shops, banks, department stores, and pet shops.
Located in Sabaneta, Mayorca is a comfortable, modern building surrounded by a lush garden, where you can do more than just shop. Mayorca is a huge outlet mall, the only one of its kind in Medellin. You'll find last season's fashion from major brands at great prices. This shopping center offers the best in men's, women's and kids' clothing, along with footwear, sportswear, and countless accessories to match your new clothes. Mayorca also features two event rooms, a fitness center, a casino, a kids' play area, drugstores and banks, as well as an array of shops carrying home appliances, electronics, home decor, furniture, motorcycles, eyewear, and CDs.
Premium Plaza has an impeccable, modern design with several relaxing areas, lovely gardens, wide corridors and open-air walkways where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. It features 300 locales that carry every imaginable type of merchandise, such as adults' and children's clothing, different brand name stores, department stores, three food courts, and a whole floor entirely for entertainment that includes a multiplex movie theater, a modern fitness center, three indoor soccer fields, a casino and even a go kart track.
Monterrey Shopping Center specializes in five different commercial sectors, including information technology and computers, fashion, sports and entertainment, a food court, and offices for corporations and doctors. At this mall, you can find everything from computer and technological gadgets to travel agencies, doctors' offices and law firms.
Mercado de San Alejo
The traditional San Alejo Craft Market has set up in Parque Bolivar on the first Saturday of every month since 1974. There are about 500 artists and crafters selling their pieces, including stained glass windows, bamboo items, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, woodcarving, country-style decorative objects, wrought-iron furnishings, and many other crafts.
Centro Artesanal Mi Viejo Pueblo
Located on Junin Street in downtown Medellin, the Centro Artesanal Mi Viejo Pueblo is the perfect place to buy souvenirs from your trip to this unique destination. You can get crafts made by local hands, as well as artisanry from other South American countries. Here you can purchase a variety of items, including traditional embroideries, basketry made from sugarcane leaf, ponchos, hammocks, jewelry and decorative objects made of silver, seashells, and local seeds. This shop is the ideal place to buy an array of colorful souvenirs at a reasonable price.
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