Shopping in Montevideo, Uruguay: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
Take full advantage of your trip to Montevideo to purchase unique products that you won't find in any other part of the world. For example, Uruguay's "mate" (a traditional South American tea) is considered to be some of the best in the world, so when visiting this cosmopolitan capital city, make sure to take home a few packets of "yerba mate" from Plaza Libertad or from the local fairs.
Materials such as leather and fur have become a popular industry in Montevideo, and you'll easily find wallets and purses made from these popular materials, along with amazing furniture and clothing items. The selection of books, clothing, handicrafts, antiques, art and music offered in this fascinating city is also worth mentioning. Montevideo has great options for souvenirs to bring home to your friends and loved ones. Like any city in the world, the shopping centers make finding items easier, and here we'll mention a few additional spots to consider when shopping around this beautiful city.
This market opened up in the mid-nineteenth century and was the largest market in South America for more than 100 years. Today, you'll find a variety of cooking ingredients at competitive prices. Right by the market, there's a large plastic arts workshop used for exhibits and art sales. All this is situated in a beautiful colonial setting that reflects the market's iron structure, brought over by Liverpool's Union Foundry in 1868.
Plaza Matriz Antiques Fair
Plaza Matriz was the first public space built in the city during colonial times, adding to its undeniable historic value. The central fountain was inaugurated to commemorate the installation of Montevideo's first water system. Every Saturday morning, an amazing antiques fair sets up in this town square, offering unbelievable treasures that are worth checking out.
Avenida 18 de Julio
This city avenue is filled with important businesses, offices and universities, displaying beautiful buildings in various architectural styles ranging from neoclassic to postmodern. Here, you can shop around while enjoying the unique style of the surrounding architectural landscape. This main road runs from the Old City to Parque Batlle.
Tristan Narvaja Fair
This is one of the largest shopping fairs in Montevideo, not to mention one of the most popular. It's set up every Sunday morning on Tristan Narvaja Street. Here, you'll come across items like books, music, antiques, home decor, clothing, furniture and even pets. If you enjoy spending time discovering unique shopping opportunities, this fair is ideal for you.
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