Colombia shopping

Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Pasto

Barniz de Pasto Obandos

Purchase traditional wooden vessels brightly decorated with vegetable resin at this fine gallery. Come on weekday afternoons to watch maestro José María Obando at work.
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Bogotá

Artesanías de Colombia

This classy shop has higher-end crafts (lots of home accessories, plus bags, toys, hammocks and some clothing), and 70% of the profits go directly back to the village artisans. It has seven sales outlets, three of t…
Arts & Crafts in Leticia

Galería Arte Uirapuru

Leticia's largest craft shop sells artifacts from local indigenous groups, as well as traditional medicines from a natural Amazonian pharmacy. At the back is the rather dimly lit Museo Alfonso Galindo, which could b…
Food in Jardín

Dulces del Jardín

This cavity-inducing sweets factory is famous throughout Antioquia for its wide variety of arequipe (a sweet dessert of milk and sugar), conserves and fruit candies. Our favorite: Arequipe de Arracacha (an Andean ve…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Medellín

Artesanías Caballo de Troya

An excellent one-stop gift shop conveniently located on the road to the airport (if you take the Las Palmas route). It sells quality handicrafts from artisans all over the country that you won't find in the more mai…
Books in Cartagena


An erudite-looking bookshop-cafe that's short on space but big on atmosphere, with the obligatory ladder to reach the higher shelves. Search carefully and you'll encounter Cervantes tomes, English-language titles an…
Market in Cali

Parque Artesanal Loma de la Cruz

This is one of Colombia's better artesanía (local craft stall) markets. You'll find handmade goods from the Amazon, Pacific coast, southern Andes and even Los Llanos, but you have to know what you're looking for to …
Arts & Crafts in Villa de Leyva

La Tienda Feroz

This great little shop features the unique art of 27 Colombian artists and is the spot to pick up items that aren't typical tourist wares. The owners have backgrounds in illustration, animation and industrial design…
Arts & Crafts in Nuquí

Artesanías Margot

Next to the airport, this small artesanías shop has a great selection of wooden carvings and other local arts and crafts. You might even spot an authentic blow-dart gun.
Mall in Bogotá

Hacienda Santa Bárbara

This mall is built around a colonial casona (a large, old house; 1847), making the place a fine combination of historic and modern architecture, and it's quieter than the Zona Rosa scene.