Your first handicraft stop in Cali should be Loma de la Cruz, on a hilltop at the edge of the San Antonio neighborhood. It’s one of Colombia’s best artesanía markets with authentic, handmade goods from most parts of the country that are sold out of a row of small shops and stalls.
La Galeria market in Alameda has a few stalls, though you’ll find better quality across the street at La Caleñita, Carrera 24 no. 8–53 (www.lacalenita.com; tel. 2/556-1172), which has been around for decades and has expanded into the surrounding buildings so that it almost takes up an entire block. Packaged food items like panela and sweets are sold alongside woven baskets from La Guajira and other upscale items.
Copias Pre-Colombinas, Avenida 8n no. 15–20 (tel. 2/388-3785), in Barrio Grenada, sells replicas of ceramics from Colombia’s ancient cultures like the Quimbaya, Tayrona, and Calima. In El Peñon and Granada, you’ll find a slew of high-end fashion boutiques from Colombian designers like Silvia Tcherassi (Calle 2 Oeste no. 2–32; www.silviatcherassi.com; tel. 2/892-0805), Maria Elena Villamil (Avenida 9N no. 15N–40; tel. 2/483-7470), and Joanna Ortiz (Calle 18 no. 106–46; www.johannaortiz.co; tel. 2/373-3483). Also, check out the colorful four-level design and concept store La Juana (tel. 2/263-8054), at Avenida 9N no. 17–21 in Barrio Granada.
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