Bogota Shopping Spree
If shopping is your passion, you're in the right place at Four Seasons Hotel Bogota. In the cobblestoned Zona T, the car-free heart of the busy and bustling Zona Rosa, Four Seasons is the epicentre of the city's most prestigious fashion precinct.
Top international fashion names like Ferragamo and Versace are steps away in the upper crust's favourite, side-by-side shopping malls, the Andino Centre and El Retiro. The biggest concentration of high-end Colombian designers, the Calle del Sol is also just around the corner.
Among the shops are cafés and upscale restaurants aplenty, in which you can restore your energy for more. As this is also the city's nightclub district, you'll be ready to show off your finds during a night of Colombian rumba, another word for party.
Calle de los Anticuarios
Antique hunting is more your style? Head for Calle 79B, nicknamed Calle de los Anticuarios for the antique shops that fill this modest, tree-lined street. Here, you can find everything from antique furnishings to funky vintage sunglasses.
Bogota's Emerald District
Colombia produces some of the finest emeralds in the world, so shopping for emeralds will sure to be a temptation. However, don't let temptation overrule common sense. In the Emerald District on Jimenez Avenue between 6th and 7th in La Candelaria, you'll see emerald traders (comisionistas) right on the street. But there's a reason for it. Examining an emerald in sunlight is said to be the only way to determine its value and authenticity. That's if you're an expert.
While in the Emerald Trade Center on Jimenez, all gems come with a certificate of authenticity. To get the best stone at the best price, it's smart to have a recommended seller before buying. Ask Four Seasons to assist. Nevertheless, the Emerald District remains an interesting place to visit for a taste of Emerald City.
Speaking of local colour, one of the best spots to soak it up is Usaquen during the lively Sunday market. In this colonial-era village that has been absorbed by the city, you can browse artisan stalls or small shops, listen to street musicians as you sip a fresh-pressed juice. Stop for lunch with an almost limitless selection of restaurants or sidewalk cafés amidst the charming village atmosphere.
After the thrill of the find, if you need help transporting your purchases home, our Concierge would be pleased to assist. As always, we are at your service.