Shopping in Bogota can be very frustrating if you don't know where to go. In general, brand name clothing, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories are more expensive here. On the bright side, there are spectacular, local leather goods and jewelry that are very reasonably priced. Here's a selection of our favourite places.
Corner stores (Tienda) and pharmacies (Drogeria). The tiendas and Drogerias are everywhere in Bogota.The great thing about tiendas and drogerias is domicillio. Simply collect the business card or flyer of the store closet to your house or hotel and the next time you find yourself in need of something, ranging from beers to snacks to medication, simply call and wait for front door (or porteria) service! Most stores will go out of there way to find your requested items so calling is generally your best bet. Of course, the only downside is that you need some Spanish to be able to communicate with them.
Taller de Té
While a bit hard to find and get to, this utterly charming place is well worth it. The owner, Laura Cahnspeyer, speaks Spanish and perfect English and will do reasonably priced tea workshops. She offers a wide variety of teas sold by the gram. A tea oasis in a sea of coffee cafes.
Address: Calle 60a #3A-38
Hours: Mon 3pm-6pm, Tue-Wed 10am-6:30pm, Thur-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Urban Station is a great new concept in la zona G where you can rent office time. Alone or for a group reunion, you will find the instaliations really modern and functional. Coffee is included in the price.
Address: calle 70 # 4-83
La Tornamesa happened in a very unexpected moment for us. This music/book/movies/wine store just kind of appeared in front of us and made us right away feel at home. More underground, you can find some books and music they don't have in other main stream entertainment stores while shopping for a great bottle of wine that you don't find in regular supermarkets. Don't be fooled by its location (Avenida Chile centro comercial), as it's very different from most of the store you will find there, it took us by surprise too!
Address: Calle 73 # 10-83 (Avenida Chile centro comercial) Local 236
Website: www.latornamesa.com (under construction)
The Wine Store
With a great selection of wine, imported beers, spirits, and fancy snacks, this is the perfect neighborhood store. You can always approach the friendly staff with questions. We often just walk in, say 'red' or 'white' and a price, and have never been disappointed.
Address: Calle 81 #10-50
Tu Boleta is Colombian Ticketmaster: the place to buy tickets for any almost event. From soccer games to concerts, they have it all. Buy online with a Colombian credit card, or visit one of their booths located in many big stores in Bogota (Exito, Entertainment Store, Falabella, etc.). See website for more information.