Sep 15

Bogota Sunday Markets: Top 5

Usaquen Bogota

 

Bogota is a great city for tourists; filled with world-class museums, classic colonial architecture, creative and unusual tours, and surrounded by amazing hiking and climbing, Colombia’s capital is a great place to spend a few days on your visit to the country. It’s also the place to be on a Sunday, when the city’s roads close off in vast swathes to accommodate cyclists and dog-walkers, and the Sunday markets open their (often metaphorical) doors to a huge array of punters, looking for everything from food to artesanal crafts. So, in no particular order, are the Colombia Travel Blog’s Top 5 Bogota Sunday markets:

 

Paul and friends enjoying a gigantic yucca in one of Bogota's many markets
Paul Fowler and friends enjoying a gigantic yucca in Paloquemao market

 

1. Usaquen

Billed as a flea market, but really a much more upscale affair, the Usaquen Sunday market is perhaps Bogota’s most well-known market. Set in a gorgeous little suburb of the city in the north, Usaquen is an all-round market experience, with excellent bars and restaurants on pretty, flower-laden streets, filled with stalls selling beautiful crafts, clothing and Colombian trinkets. It’s a bit pricier than some markets, but it’s the perfect place for a complete Sunday out.

 

The colorful streets of Usaquen
The colorful streets of Usaquen

 

2. San Alejo Flea Market

A true flea-market, this one! Just off the Septima, and taking up a large square space, San Alejo is the perfect place to find everything…and nothing at the same time! A real hustle-and-bustle Sunday market, you can find old vinyl records, thousands of pairs of vintage glasses frames, black-and-white movie posters from the 60s and generally enough random old stuff to make your inner hipster salivate with anticipation…

 

San Alejo Flea Market
San Alejo Flea Market

 

3. Paloquemao

The foodies Sunday market. Paloquemao is Bogota’s premier food market, with vendors selling thousands of items, from fresh fruit and veg, to meat and seafood. The onsite food stalls and restaurants make this a real paradise for the hungrier Sunday shopper. For tourists, it’s a great chance to sample a broad range of Colombian favourites in one place.

 

Paloquemao (photo courtesy of Off2Colombia
Paloquemao (photo courtesy of Off2Colombia)

 

4. San Andresito

More of a permanent market area, San Andresito comes alive on a Sunday. This is the place to really spend, spend, spend! A more commercial option, San Andresito features electronic goods, fashionable clothing, and replica football shirts (and much, much more besides). Maybe not the most traditional market going, but a good place to stock up on clothes and try your hand at bargaining…

 

Cafe Cultor Bogota
Grabbing a coffee at Cafe Cultor

 

5. Cafe Cultor & Impact Hub Sunday Market

A little personal choice this one…Every Sunday, the little square in front of Bogota’s Impact Hub hosts an intimate little market, with stalls selling craft beers, vegan snacks, and lovely handmade crafts. With the excellent Cafe Cultor onsite, you can enjoy this with a wonderful cup o’joe at the same time. The uber-hipster Bogota Sunday market choice, but a nice relaxing, and friendly one.

Chris

 

3 thoughts on “Bogota Sunday Markets: Top 5

  1. Caffeine Clicks on

    Great suggestions for Bogota markets, I’m leaving tomorrow and was searching for flea markets. Thanks for the info!

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      Chris on

      No worries, always happy to help 🙂 Enjoy the markets!

      Reply
  2. Lisa Ferguson on

    Hello Chris,

    This post on Colombia markets was super helpful! I am heading to Colombia soon and wondering if you know of any other markets selling home decor goods?

    Thanks!

    Reply

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