the flea-market: at Plaza Costitution
Plaza Costitution / Plaza Matriz is the perfect place to browse a fleamarket for unique goods for your collections of what-ever. The things you will get there are really interesting, no cheap souvenirs for tourists but rare and interesting antiques things of the good old times.
What to buy: Take a look at my photographs, there is a big variety of goods for sale.
What to pay: I did not check any prices
- Family Travel
Punta Carretas Shopping Center: Jailhouse Shopping
I was told that this shopping center was formerly a jailhouse. Now its a real great shopping center with lots of boutiques and a great food area.Dont forget to visit the fashonable "confitaria" at the groundfloor!
What to buy: You will find practically everything in the many shops even all you need for your mate equipment!
Punta Carretas Shopping Center: Where's the jail?
Where once was a jail, nowadays there is a fancy shopping mall... Yes, you are reading it right: a J - A - I - L. Punta Carretas Shopping Center is situated at an amazing building, the Penal de Punta Carretas (which was recycled, obviously!) There you will find all kind of shops, cinemas and restaurants; of course, it is not very different of this kind of places in any other city of the world, but the building and its history are really interesting.
En donde una vez hubo una cárcel, hoy se encuentra un centro comercial de lujo... Sí, están leyendo bien: una CÁRCEL. Punta Carretas Shopping center está situado en un impactante edificio, el Penal de Punta Carretas (que fue reciclado ¡obviamente!) Allí encontrarán todo tipo de comercios, cines y restaurantes; claro está, no es muy diferente a cualquier otro centro comercial del mundo, pero el edificio y su historia realmente valen la visita.
What to buy: Anything you want / need
Cualquier cosa que deseen / necesiten
Tres Cruces: Shopping Mall and Bus Station
Montevideo has four shopping malls, but the most curious ones are Punta Carretas (previous tip), situated in an ancient jail, and this one, Tres Cruces, which is at the same time shopping mall and bus station, so there you can buy a shirt, have lunch or take a bus to Punta del Este!
Montevideo tiene cuatro centros comerciales, pero los más curiosos son el de Punta Carretas (viñeta anterior), situado en una antigua cárcel, y éste, Tres Cruces, que es a la vez centro comercial y terminal de buses, por lo que allí pueden comprarse una camisa, almorzar o tomar un bus hasta Puta del Este!
Montevideo is not the best place for Shopping. Besides some typical stuff you won't find anything you wouldn't find in other cities, prices of things related to electronics are much more expensive than those in the USA or Europe. You can find though some good prices in well-known clothes brands (such as Lacoste, Levis, etc) at the local malls.
You should also visit "Manos Del Uruguay" at the Punta Carretas Shopping Center where the finest wool made clother of all Uruguay are at great prices.
What to buy: Leather clothes and wool clothes
Mercado de los Artesanos: Arts and Crafts
Uruguay (not only Montevideo) has high quality crafts. All kind stuff can be found ins several craft markets, but I do recommend Mercado de los Artesanos (Artisans Market).
Uruguay (no solamente Montevideo) tiene artesanÍas de alta calidad. Este tipo de objetos se puede adquirir en diversos mercados, pero yo recomiendo el Mercado de los Artesanos.
What to buy: Hand-made crafts of all kind (leather, pottery, bronze, wood, stone, wool, batik...)
Artesanías de todo tipo (en cuero, cerámica, bronce, piedra, lana, batik...)
What to pay: From 1 to 100 dollars.
Sunday Street market
The Sunday street market is surprisingly extensive (could it be 30 blocks worth?). I love markets for people watching and exploring and in this market it was easy. It was not too crowded and there seemed to be just about anything you might need. I bought a plug converter, a money belt, some toothpaste and various fruits and pasteries.
What to buy: Although there are crafts, old books, hardware, CDs, new clothes, fruit and vegetables, it seems that much of what you will see is just junk. The theme being, my junk might just be your treasure.
What to pay: This is the challenge: unique items can mean unique prices that will have to be negotiated. Otherwise the market works and you won't need to bargain for good prices for common items like fruit, for example.
I'll leave this un-named: Geodes --go to the source
Brazil and Uruguay are known as the sources of many beautiful geodes. After missing making a purchase of one I liked in Rio for my wife's charter school, I went on a search in Montevideo. I found a shop near the Mercado del Puerto with a beautiful large stone for 150 dollars. Compared to other stores in the city the price seemed reasonable, but it was too large to haul around so I delayed any purchase until the end of my trip in Uruguay. On my travels I learned that in northwest Uruguay one could purchase a similar stone for one tenth to one fifth that price.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
La Feria de Tristán Narvaja: Sunday Street Market
La Feria de Tristán Narvaja is a street market open on Sundays. It starts early and ends ~5pm, so best to get there early when the temperatures are lower and the vendors still have their best things on display.
What to buy: The street market sells just about everything from fresh farm produce to collectibles to antiques. There were lots of places selling antique household hardware like old hinges, faucet handles and door knobs. Also lots of old tools, old cameras and everything you could think of.
What to pay: Prices are cheap, particularly compared to what you would pay back home or even in relatively nearby Palermo or San Telmo in Buenos Aires.
- Arts and Culture
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Like I wrote on my local customs tips, camdombe was invented in Uruguay and is also very popular. If you happen to like it and wanna buy a tamboril, go to Av. Rivera 4743 and buy it to Adrian Icasuriaga, he is my cousin and he wil give you a free lesson if you but a tamboril to him.
Shopping in Montevideo appears to revolve around shopping malls, which is similar to the U.S. There are basically three malls: Montevideo Shopping, Tres Cruces and Punta Carretas. Of the three, I consider Montevideo Shopping to be the best, as it was the larger number and variety of stores, which includes clothing, electronics and restaurants.
Artesians Market: Local Crafts and Such
After lunch ( which was atwohour affair) we headed to the market. We mostly window shopped as we are travelling with only hand luggage but we really enjoyed browsing.
There is a good assortment of unique crafts herein this large two story market.
What to buy: We bought a couple of children's mobiles made from gourds and a very delicate paper mache'windchime.
- Arts and Culture
- Women's Travel
Punta Carretas Shopping: Punta Carretas
Punta Carretas is the second of three malls I visited in Montevideo. In my opinion, it's better than Tres Cruces, but not as good as Montevideo Shopping. It basically has the same type of stores as Montevideo Shopping, but fewer of them. It's located in the Pocitos area and was not far from my hotel, Pocitos Plaza.
Mercado de los Artensanos: Local Crafts
Mercado de los Artesanos is located on Avenia 18 de Julio in Plaza Cagancha. It sells a wide variety of crafts and artwork, and is worth visiting.