Shopping in Bogota can be very frustrating if you don't know where to go. In general, brand name clothing, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories are more expensive here. On the bright side, there are spectacular, local leather goods and jewelry that are very reasonably priced. Here's a selection of our favourite places.
Corner stores (Tienda) and pharmacies (Drogeria). The tiendas and Drogerias are everywhere in Bogota.The great thing about tiendas and drogerias is domicillio. Simply collect the business card or flyer of the store closet to your house or hotel and the next time you find yourself in need of something, ranging from beers to snacks to medication, simply call and wait for front door (or porteria) service! Most stores will go out of there way to find your requested items so calling is generally your best bet. Of course, the only downside is that you need some Spanish to be able to communicate with them.
A neighborhood store with a variety of imported clothes, from underwear to cocktail dresses. Make sure you open the drawers to find more items than are displayed on the racks. Also, you must try their coffee, which is called San Francisco Cafe. You can buy it there or even have it delivered. It makes a great gift, and it is really one of the best coffees we've had in Colombia.
Address: Carrera 10 #80-12, Bogota
Phone: 616 3587 or 310 819 3560
Onda De Mar
Luxurious and sexy Colombian-made bathing suits. We've seen these suits in North America selling for three times as much!
Address: Centro Comercial Atlantis (Calle 81 #13-05) Phone 530 1301; Centro Comercial El Retiro (Calle 81 #11-94) Phone 376 4225; Calle 93B #12-48 Phone 6210192, Bogota