Top Shopping Locations in La Paz, La Paz (Self Guided)

Shopping in La Paz is as easygoing as many other things that you may do in this historic city. Walk through the stalls, which are located in various areas of it, or visit the many shops in the heart of the city. On the paved streets of Calle Linares, Mercado de Las Brujas, or the Witches Market, you'll find Bolivian food, ethnic items, and many other things of interest. Don't miss the chance to visit some of La Paz's most popular shopping places.
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Top Shopping Locations in La Paz Map

Guide Name: Top Shopping Locations in La Paz
Guide Location: Bolivia » La Paz (See other walking tours in La Paz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: valery
Mercado Artezanal

1) Mercado Artezanal

This market in Calle Linares sells a huge variety of handicrafts at various prices, and it makes for some really good local shopping. In order to provide variety, they have a large number of stalls to serve their customers. The goods are arranged neatly, so that potential buyers may browse at their own pleasure. Their motto here is, "For the generation that contributes to the development of life, quality, and families." So, buying things from here will contribute to a good cause.
Witches' Market

2) Witches' Market (must see)

The Witches' Market is the most common gathering spot for all locals in La Paz. Situated on Calle Jiminez and Linares, locals go to the Witches' Market to get llama fetuses and dried frogs for Aymara ceremonies, and little soapstone sculptures and aphrodisiacs. Placed amidst the dynamic traveler's market, the Witches' Market displays its clients' herbs, folk medications and a diversity of unique items used to control the many spirits that occupy the Aymara world.
Sagarnaga Street

3) Sagarnaga Street

Sightseers enjoy Sagarnaga Street, because they can purchase distinctive Bolivian souvenirs, particularly merchandises made from the wool of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. There is an immense variety of silver jewelry, handicrafts, etc. Wood sculptures are few and far between, as they take a lot of time to carve. A photo mosaic from Sagarnaga Street entrance provides a guide to what all of the shops stock.

4) Ayni

More than thirty craft workshops sell high-quality products in Ayni Market La Paz. There are more than 200 families of artisans making and selling things that provide them with decent work, a safe environment, and a place that values their skills and cultural diversity. Their goal is to improve their living conditions through Fair Trade. They say, "To strengthen their native culture is important for them, as well as the pleasure of promoting their handicrafts."
Mercado Negro

5) Mercado Negro (must see)

La Paz’s Mercado Negro is an extensive network of quirky market stalls, and there are a lot of black market goods sold here, along with everything else under the sun (it seems). It’s one of the most captivating Andean bazaars ever for the variety and the amount of goods sold. Entire streets are filled with household goods and garments. Each collection of things is placed in a certain area, so once you find the type of items you are looking for, you can just compare the items and prices. You can begin shopping at the crossroads of Calle Max Parede and Calle Graneros.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in La Paz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best La Paz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as La Paz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.