Souvenir Shopping, Bogota

It would be a pity to leave Bogota without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bogota, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota (See other walking tours in Bogota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: Daniel
Bio Plaza Tienda Y Café

1) Bio Plaza Tienda Y Café

What to buy here: Coca tea.

For centuries, coca has been a sacred plant among the original Colombians. It is a relatively recent phenomenon that the coca leaf has been demonized, fumigated and been an unfortunate actor in a decades-long bloody conflict. You might be surprised at just how important that plant was among the original Colombians centuries ago as you explore the famed Gold Museum. Golden poporos, in which powdered lime was kept to be mixed with coca leaves that were later chewed,...   view more
Obleas José A.

2) Obleas José A.

What to buy here: Obleas.

When Bogotanos are out riding their bike on the Ciclovia every Sunday and need a sugar fix, they order an oblea at street stalls. These are paper thin wafers filled with delicious arequipe (caramel). If you’re in need of some extra calories – and who isn’t?- you can add a little raspberry or strawberry jam or some sweet cream. The undisputed king of obleas in Colombia is a truly mom and pop Bogota success story: Obleas Jose A. After rigorous investigations, we...   view more
Joyeria Bauer

3) Joyeria Bauer

What to buy here: Colombian Emeralds.

Colombia is the land of emeralds with the green gem mined in three areas of the country. While you can even purchase them wrapped in newspaper downtown on the street (Avenida Jiménez) and at stores along Calle 13, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s best to go to a reputable jeweler. But beforehand do a little research on what to look for. You should at least know your “4 C’s”: color, clarity, cut and carat. At Joyeria Bauer you are...   view more

4) BrincaBrinca

What to buy here: Bogota hipster clothing.

A major university town, Bogotá is a vibrant city, full of creative young designers. If you consider yourself a hipster or have hipsters in your life, check out the one-of-a-kind (and often just plain weird, but in a good way) t-shirts from BrincaBrinca. Ever gone to a party and seen someone with the exact same t-shirt as you? The clothes (they have more than t-shirts) at these boutiques, all created by local designers, are usually very limited...   view more
El Retiro shopping mall

5) El Retiro shopping mall

What to buy here: Mercedes Salazar jewelry.

This accomplished native Bogotá jeweler now sells her designs worldwide. Some of her necklaces, bracelets and earrings are sleek and modern, others kitschy-cool and others somewhat mystical with elements reflecting the indigenous traditions of Colombia. They are all creative and one of a kind and many are quite reasonably priced. You can find her store at the El Retiro mall (Calle 81 No....   view more
Centro Comercial Andino

6) Centro Comercial Andino

What to buy here: Colombian Chocolates.

Colombia is a major chocolate producer and Nacional de Chocolates Santander brand chocolates might be some of the best chocolate you’ve tasted. A bar of 75% pure dark Colombian chocolate sells for around $2. For an extra kick you can pick up a bar of dark chocolate with coffee bits. For “designer” chocolates, try XoCo. You can pick up a box of beautiful and colorfully designed handmade Santander chocolates at their stores in malls such as Andino...   view more

7) Clorofila

What to buy here: Quinoa.

If it weren’t for its bitter aftertaste, this highly nutritious seed (not a grain) from the Andes might have been more popular than rice. Although rice won the war with quinoa in the Americas, quinoa, packed with protein and fiber, is enjoying a surge of popularity. Many studies have shown quinoa to promote strong bones, reduce cholesterol and prevent gall stones. Quinoa is an excellent alternative to rice and is also great in soups (just be sure to rinse it!)...   view more
Artesanías El Balay

8) Artesanías El Balay

What to buy here: Sombrero Vueltiado.

Ignore the fact that they will probably look better on locals out on horseback in the lush green countryside than on you or someone you love back in Indiana: these iconic black and white cowboy hats made out of caña flecha, a type of reed, make great gifts. Of Indian origin, they are one of the main- and macho - symbols of Colombia. Former President Uribe, who was once wildly popular across the country, was often photographed at his ranch on horseback,...   view more

9) Éxito

What to buy here: Colombian Coffee & Fruit juice pulps.

- Go to Colombia and bring back some coffee – duh! The dilemma is choosing what brand. The quality of Juan Valdez coffees is unmatched. Their cafes sprung up seemingly overnight in Bogota not too long ago and soon took over Colombia and beyond. Problem is you can get Juan Valdez coffee even at the Newark airport these days. But if you want authenticity, the coffee that the old timers in Bogotá have sipped for decades, look for...   view more

Walking Tours in Bogota, Colombia

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bogota is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A Tour to Cerro de Monserrate, Bogota

A Tour to Cerro de Monserrate, Bogota

Cerro de Monserrate is sometimes called the mountain-guardian of Bogota and has been a place of religious pilgrimage since colonial times. Due to its outstanding surrounding beauties, it became a natural, religious and gastronomic attraction, accessible by a walking path, cable car or funicular. On the way up, there are also several attractions such as Iglesia Nuestra Señora de las Aguas and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. The tour to the peak is fun and healthy, so it's definitely worth a try!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Bogota Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota is clearly not just about museums, as there is loads to see that is rich in Colombian history and culture. Worth visiting are the Gold and Emerald Museums, to get a look at the country's treasuries, to browse through its history at the Museum of the 20th of July and Museum of the 19th Century. You will be somewhat taken aback at the Police History Museum, where you can see highly captivating and even disturbing facts about the recent past of Colombia. Take a tour to see them all!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Teusaquillo Walking Tour in Bogota

Teusaquillo Walking Tour in Bogota

This tour can be rather surprising for someone living outside Latin America. If you want to expand you knowledge and impressions about what Bogota is like, please join us on our regional tour of Teusaquillo and enjoy alluring public gardens, famous landmarks and all the small, pretty sites in between them.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
San Diego Walk in Bogota

San Diego Walk in Bogota

San Diego neighbourhood is one of the oldest settlements in the city of Bogota, yet it has been quite modernized within several decades. Some of the most modern construction marvels are located here, such as the highest building in Colombia, the Planetarium and the eco-conceptual Torres Park. The National Colombian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art are also worth a visit, so make sure you don't miss the opportunity to tour the neighborhood!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Religious Tour in Bogota

Religious Tour in Bogota

Religion has always played an important role in the history of Bogota, and Columbia in general. The sumptuous churches of Bogota are true architectural marvels of a great historical value. All in all, they are well worth your attention, so do spare some time to take the religious tour of Colombian capital.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Architecture Walk in Bogota

Architecture Walk in Bogota

Bogota is quite a city for an architectural experience. Not only did it preserve its architectural and historic heritage, it also managed to maintain most of its colonial buildings and structures in rather good shape, so one can really enjoy their interesting and imposing styles. Take this tour and discover Bogota's architectural jewels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

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