Shopping options in Bogotá are plentiful and varied. In the city center, look for bargains and handicrafts. In the north, you'll find upscale shopping malls and boutiques. Colombia is well known for its shoes, purses, emeralds, and gold. Good deals can be found on these items, but save your bargaining for El Centro; prices are fixed in more upscale northern Bogotá.

It almost seems as if there are more shops than people in Bogotá. The main shopping areas are in Usaquén, La Zona Rosa, Carrera 15, Avenida de Chile, Carrera 13, Calle 53, and the Chapinero neighborhood. Some popular shopping centers are the American-style Atlantis Plaza, Calle 81 no. 13-05; Centro Commercial Andino, Carrera 11 no. 83-71; Unicentro, Av. 15 no. 123-30; and Hacienda Santa Bárabara, Carrera 7 no. 115-60, which was once the property of a wealthy Bogotá family. The latter is a unique shopping center that has both a modern and colonial part built around a beautiful courtyard. Inside, you'll find high-quality boutique and jewelry stores.

For budget shopping, try San Andresito, at Carrera 38 and Calle 12, where you can find more or less anything you're looking for. The shopping centers and stores around San Victorino Square, Carrera 10 and Calle 10, in the center of the city are also very cheap, with a great assortment of clothing, handicrafts, and even electronics. However, the area can be a bit seedy, so try not to make your tourist status too obvious. Tip: Bargain hard around San Victorino, especially if it's obvious that you're not Colombian; otherwise you'll end up paying far too much.

A couple of good antiques stores are Anticuarios Gilberto F. Hernández, Calle 79B no. 7-48 (tel. 1/249-0041), in the Zona T neighborhood, and Almacén de Antigüedades Leonardo F, at Carrera 4 no. 12-34 (tel. 1/334-8312), in Candelaria. There are also several antique shops in Usaquén.

Most shops selling emeralds are located around Carrera 6 between calles 12 and 13, the Centro Internacional.

For handicrafts, try Carrera 15, between calles 74 and 77, the Centro Internacional (International Center), the Centro Histórico (Historic Center) and La Plaza de los Artesanos, located on Calle 63 at Carrera 50. Many handicrafts shops are found around La Candelaria and El Centro. Artesanías de Colombia S.A. has several locations throughout Bogotá, including at Carrera 11 no. 84-12 (tel. 1/218-0672). Decent flea markets are held in Santander Square in the city center (daily 9am-6pm at Calle 24 and Carrera 7) and in Usaquén, on Saturday and Sunday, in the parking lot at Carrera 5 and Calle 119. My favorite spot for handicrafts is Maku ★, at Av. 19 no. 106-30 (tel. 1/620 8573), in the Santa Bárbara neighborhood. While the prices are a bit higher than at stores in the city center, no one will hassle you, and goods are of decent quality.

For discount deals, head to the Restrepo neighborhood. Quality leather goods can also be found in upscale shopping centers. Good leather stores include Mario Hernández, which has several locations, including at Unicentro (tel. 1/213-0165) and Carrera 68D no. 13-74 (tel. 1/292-6266). Another good option is Julia Rodríguez, at Calle 81 no. 9-25 (tel. 1/249-5229).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.