Shopping in Bogota: Boutiques, Souvenirs and More
Combine the excitement of beautiful city tours with a fun day of shopping. You're sure to return home with bags full of new items, since there are stores in Bogota to suit every taste, style and wallet. Within this capital city, you can find spacious commercial districts, high-end malls and traditional flea markets, where the cacophony of sights and sounds allows buyers and vendors to put their haggling skills into action.
Colombia is known for its production of leather items, footwear, high-quality clothing and textiles, valuable emeralds, coffee, artisanry and gold filigree. All of this world-renowned merchandise can be found in Bogota at great prices. We recommend that you set aside time during your stay to explore the window displays, shops and boutiques in Bogota, since you're sure to come across the perfect souvenir of your trip to Colombia.
Artisanry and Souvenirs in Bogota
Multiple symbolic images of this city are displayed on postcards, ceramics, magnets and t-shirts. All of these items are within easy reach at the traditional souvenir stands set up near the main tourist attractions in Bogota, like the Santuario de Monserrate, Plaza de Bolivar, the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) and the streets of the beautiful La Candelaria neighborhood. If you're looking for an exceptional gift to bring home, a great idea is to spend some money on a famous Colombian emerald, whose purity and value are incomparable.
Bogota's Commercial Districts
Just like in all of the world's big cities, Bogota also has areas filled with numerous blocks of shops and boutiques. Around these neighborhoods, you'll find people from all walks of life, along with sidewalk cafes, bars and restaurants with cozy areas for relaxing and mingling with other visitors to the Colombian capital city. Among the most popular and recommended commercial areas in Bogota are the historic district (made up of the blocks surrounding the beautiful Plaza de Bolivar), the Centro Internacional Tequendama and the "Zona Rosa" (both filled with exclusive jewelry stores and boutiques belonging to famous Brazilian designers), the Chapinero colonial neighborhood, and the Restrepo neighborhood, where you'll find high-end footwear, clothing and leather goods.
Exclusive Shopping Centers
High-end shopping centers have popped up throughout the city due to the fashion and taste of the local people, who like to have various options when it comes to shopping. Generally, these shopping centers have the same set-up as the typical "malls" in first-world countries, with wide hallways filled with window displays and infinite options for admiring the merchandise, trying things on, and finally buying. These malls, situated all throughout the city, offer spacious parking lots, kids' play areas, movie theaters, restaurants and food courts, so that there's always something for everybody. The main shopping centers in Bogota are the Centro Comercial Andino, the Centro Comercial Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Gran Estacion, Unicentro and Granahorrar.
Within the passageways and stands of these popular markets, you can come across a wide variety of unexpected items. If it weren't for their simple setup, these traditional vintage shops could be considered galleries of popular Bogota and Colombian art. Here, you'll find handmade crafts such as paintings, ceramics and paper mache, along with antique items like century-old clothing, elegant antique jewelry and hundreds of knick-knacks whose prices you can haggle before buying. On many occasions, you can obtain unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for unbeatable prices. The most well-known flea markets in Bogota include the "Toldos de San Pelayo" (San Pelayo Awnings) in Usaquen, the "Mercado de Pulgas de la 26" (Flea Market 26) in historic downtown, and "San Alejo", situated in the area of the Plaza de Toros de Santa Maria (Santa Maria Bullring).
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