Where to Christmas Shop in Bogota: Fairs, Local Designers and Colombian Crafts
Are you looking for where to shop in Bogotá for your holiday gifts? Christmas is around the corner and some of us are already starting to brainstorm what to get our loved ones. Lucky for us, there’s many options in Bogota to gift the perfect gift.
I don’t particularly like to shop here because shopping in Bogota is expensive. And don’t even get me started on the malls. They’re nothing like in the States. Shopping malls in Bogota are just not that cool!
Nonetheless, Colombia has amazing and very cool designers that are truly worth the while and come out of the shadows to present their collection during the Christmas fairs.
And if you want some more traditional Colombian gifts, from food to crafts, there’s a place for you too.
Below, If you’re looking to shop in Bogota for your Christmas list, below are a few local fairs and events that will take place over this Christmas period to showcase local crafts and Colombian designers throughout the city.
What you’ll find: El Rastrillo celebrates its 23rd year in the making, helping raise funds for a children’s association. With over 120 stands, you’ll find a bit of everything including delicious food, great deals, and Christmas steals.
Address: El Museo del Chicó. Calle 93 #7
When: November 19-22. Open from 11am-9pm
What you’ll find: Speaking from experience, you’ll find amazing up and coming Colombian entrepreneurs in all areas including art, gastronomy, photography, design and more. You’re bound to find some unique and trendy gifts!
Address: Parking of Calle 94 #13
When: December 11-16
What you’ll find: Expoartesanías looks to bring socio-economic welfare to the local craft sector and provides high quality products to the market. Looking for something made in Colombia (What’s that you say? You weren’t looking for a Chinese volteao?) ? You’ll probably find it here.
When: December 4-17
What you’ll find: Bazart will hold its first edition next weekend, opening with 30 top local designers that will present their line of accessories, jewelry, clothes, bags, etc. The event will take place in a super quaint spot of Usaquen and offer good food and live music. Sounds like a great Sunday plan to me, what do you say?
Address: Usaquen, Socia Creativo Calle 119 #5
When: November 28-29
**OPEN YEAR ROUND**
Mercado de Artesanias in Cedritos
What you’ll find: Every imaginable typical Colombian craft including chocolate covered coffee beans, coca tea, Wayuu everything and handmade Colombian house decorations.
Address: Calle 140 #9
When: Everyday. Open from 9am-5pm
Mercado de Usaquen
What you’ll find: I love this market because I always discover something new. Handmade accessories, Wayuu bags, butterfly cocoons, fairtrade Colombian Chocolate, you’ll find it all. I’m there on most Sundays spending money I don’t have!
Address: All of Usaquen
When: Everyday. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-4pm
Did I leave one out? Where do you like to holiday shop in Bogotá? Let me know in the comments box below.