The Central Market is a great place to go for a real Colombian shopping experience. It’s not posh but it’s cheap and sells everything from fruit and veg to artisan crafts.
Each floor specializes in different items, fruit on the first floor, veg on the second, meat on the 3rd and artisan goods on the 4th. You will find all your shopping needs here and if your feeling hungry there is a cafeteria on the top floor with really cheap lunch deals.
Whether you just want to have a look at what’s on offer or have shopping to do, this place is a must see when in the centro of Bucaramanga. Make sure that you check put the herb section on the top floor not only does it smell amazing but you get great views of the city and the friendly stall holders are always keen to chat, what better way to practice your Spanish.
How to Get there;
Bus- times buses run to the market every 2 mins from the KR 33 look for buses that say Calle 36 and get off on where the Kr 15 joins the calle 36 , the market is located on the Calle 34 with Kr 17.
Taxi- price – a taxi from the hostel will cost the minimum $4,300
Walk- 20 -30 mins from the hostel.
8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday
8 am to 1pm Satuday
- Make sure you ask for the napa/ napita when buying things. This means the ‘extra’ and as well as making the stallholder smile will usually make sure you get a much better deal in the end.
- They sell very cheap cigars that are decent quality. 50 cigars for $5,000 is about as cheap as you’ll find anywhere.
- If you’re a fan of all things spicy check out the chilli stalls on the 2nd floor. They have fresh and pickled chillies as well as pickled onions and homemade chilli sauces.
- Combine a visit to the central market with a trip to the casa de libro total, it’s a 5 minute walk away.