Shopping in Bogotá

There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in Bogotá, especially in the centre and the north (usually more expensive). Goods to look out for include gold jewellery, art, antiques and leather products. Colombia produces first-grade precious stones and its emeralds are among the best in the world.

Key areas

High quality clothing and handicrafts can be found in Artesanias of Colombia, Carrera 2 No. 18a-58.

Markets

Bogotá’s best known flea markets are Mercado De San Alejo, Carrera 7 between Calles 24 and 26 (Monday to Friday 0800-1800 and 0900-1700 on Sunday), Parque de los Periodistas, on the corner of Avenue Jimenez and Carrera 3 (Sunday from 0900-1700) and Plaza Central de Usaquen in northern Bogotá (Sunday 0900-1700). You’ll find all sorts at these markets, from second-hand books to ancient Victrola record players, and maybe even the odd bazooka (no kidding). Pasaje Rivas, on the corner of Carrera 10 and Calle 10, is a craft market that's good for inexpensive items, especially Colombian ponchos.

Shopping centres

San Andresito is a large shopping centre that spreads over several blocks and offers typical Colombian items such as ethnic jewellery and clothing, plus local handicrafts. Bogotá has numerous large shopping malls. Modern Unicentro is one of the city’s biggest and is full of boutiques, banks, bookshops, artisan shops and restaurants. It’s found at Avenida 15 No.127-30 and is open 24 hours.

Opening hours

Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday 0900-2100.

Souvenirs

Bogotá isn’t an overly touristic city and there’s little in the way of small souvenirs being flogged. However, some women in the streets will try to sell you fabrics derived from indigenous people, as well as jewellery. There are also a few shops selling handicrafts and clothing in La Candelaria.

Tax information

Goods and services receive a value-added tax (known as IVA) of 16%.

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