Bogotá is the bustling and lively capital city of Colombia, oozing with urban charm, but also framed by the beautiful Andes. This diverse city boasts enchanting historical, cultural and modern influences, as well as many popular markets. Read here to find out about the must-see markets in Bogotá.
A truly authentic flea market, Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo fills a large square space, and is a perfect location in which to search for all kind of goodies. San Alejo is a huge treasure hunt in itself; one day you might leave with bags full of trinkets, and the next you could leave with nothing nothing – that’s all part of the fun in this bustling and animated Sunday market. Search through the vinyl records, movie posters, and vintage clothing – this market is a hipster’s paradise.
Paloquemao market is one of Bogotá’s most important food markets, full of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, and even flowers. Established way back in 1946 and moving to its current location in 1967, this market has long satisfied locals and tourists with its hypnotizing array of smells, colors, and tastes. This market is a real treat for the senses, and also a fantastic cultural experience, giving visitors the chance to shop like a true Colombian. You’ll be sure to find almost any ingredient you could imagine in the Paloquemao market, and, with Colombia standing as the leading producer and exporter of flowers in South America, any flower you desire too in their enchanting outdoor flower market.
Another enchanting flea market, Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen boasts a strong and passionate artistic scene, with creative commitment evident in the many streets and stalls of its market. Established over 20 years ago, it has since been recognized as an icon of cultural heritage, and attracts those who enjoy searching through treasure troves of items. Head to the charming cobblestone streets of the traditional neighbourhood on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy the colourful sights of the stalls.
A modest yet charming little market located far away from the bustling tourist areas, Pasaje Rivas boasts a thriving craft scene, and is an excellent location for those looking for cheap and authentic souvenirs. They sell everything from straw hats to t-shirts, and even traditional Colombian ponchos (Ruanas). One of Bogotá’s most traditional markets, Pasaje Rivas Craft Market is an lighthearted place, where prices are negotiable and the people are friendly. It’s not only a great shopping opportunity, but a fantastic place in which to practice your Spanish and make a few friends.
A small, modest, indoor market, Galeria Artesenal is an intimate space in which artists of Bogotá and Colombia have the chance to promote their individual creations and establish direct commercial contact with their clients. A positive way to promote independent businesses and artists, this enchanting area is full of colors and all sorts of little charms and trinkets. A very different experience to the huge and bustling flea markets, Galeria Artisenal is calmer and could almost be described as a very lavishly and colorfully decorated cafe, which harbors corners full of delightful souvenirs.