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“Sunday at Usaquén is the highlight of every trip to Bogotá”

Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Popular flea market held Sundays in the town square of a residential neighborhood with lots of colonial charm.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Sunday at Usaquén is the highlight of every trip to Bogotá”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

This is the best street fair/flea market/whatever I've ever been to, ever. And I've been 6 times now. It never gets old. If you like art, jewelry, chotskies, clothing, music, or just good food - GO!!

At the top of the hill, by the school, is the main part of the market, but the part down by the park, along the street, is the best part, and there are more vendors down there. You can find everything there - hammocks, baby shoes, musical instruments, coca leaf tea, calendula soaps, art, etc etc etc...

Over by the mall (at the end of the street) is another portion of the market. There is a lady who makes stuff out of bamboo there at great prices, and another lady sells coffee and makes Virgin Mary dolls out of corn husks. It's amazing.

The food - first of all, Usaquén is the gastronomy capital of Bogotá. I highly recommend most of the restaurants, especially 14 Inkas. Best. Ceviche, EVER. Second, the street food at the market is great. There are always people selling grilled corn, in the converted parking lot, there is a vendor that sells cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Up on the hill, you can usually find food trucks, fresh fruit, and other sweets. Sweet Cacao is a chocolate vendor who is there sometimes - AMAZING chocolates. Also Late Mi Chocolate has been there every time I've been. Try the chocolate covered nuts and bananas. Everyone will give you samples :)

If you want to see live music, hang around the park by the church. Many times singers will come from the coasts and do salsa. People dance in the streets. It's great. Other musicians can be found along the street with the vendors.

You don't need to speak Spanish, but know your numbers.

Point - ask "Cuántos hay?" (how much?) - and remember if you look like a tourist, they've upped the price. Haggle. They will make a deal with you.

If you need to differentiate between several things, point and say "este" (this).

Bring cash - most vendors don't accept cards.

Visited March 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Awesome market!”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

This "flea" market was anything but average. There are booths of all types including amazing works of art and other handicrafts. It has everything and each person can find something that appeals to them. I only wish I could bring more back to the Staes with me! There are some great artists there with original pieces. There are inexpensive items as well as very nice items. I was so happy to experience the market! The area is neat as well with little boutiques and the small food booths were delicious, especially the juice booth! I wish markets in my hometown were this great!

Visited March 2013
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Villavicencio, Colombia
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“Great way to spend the morning.”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

We walked through the streets (during Ciclovia, when many streets are closed to cars and open to bicycles and pedestrians only) about 30 minutes to get to the Usaquen market. We were not disappointed in what we found. I'm not sure I would classify it as a flea market based on my definition of some of the US markets I have visited where I actually expected to find fleas. Usaquen was very clean and the vendors we are very friendly. Its spread though many streets and full of people selling everything from jewelry, to clothes, to souvenirs, to food and drinks and everything in between. None of the vendors were pushy or rude and several spoke English. We bought a few items, haggled over the price of course, and felt like it was worth the trip. We had a relaxing cup of coffee and some kind of snack on a stick from Brazil that was like a waffle with meats and cheese inside.

Visited March 2013
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Linkoping, Sweden
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“Cool part of Bogota”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Usaquen itself is a great place to visit both Day and Night. Daytime for all the nice boutiques, cafés and the relaxed, old time atmosphere. Also for the fantastic restaurants at night, La Mar and a few more. It´s beautifully situated with the scenic mountain in the background and you have to be prepared to walk the charming hills.

Visited August 2012
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“okay, how much for that key chain?”
Reviewed 30 January 2013

some good stuff, but mostly useless gift shop left overs, still good to stroll around and practice your poor bargaining skills in the language of your choice. If you don't pay 3 times the actual price, you'll feel cheated.

Visited January 2013
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