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    C. C. Sambil: The Largest Mall

    by lelyramires Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I was told that this commercial center is considered largest in Latin America.

    There are more than 500 shops, a big variety of entertainment options.

    The stores include boutiques of the most famous designers. And you can find mostly everything there: clothes,shoes, jewelry, toys, etc.

    There are several Beauty centers that show a little of the lifestyle in Caracas.

    In addition, the C. C. Sambil has restaurants and terraces outdoors, in which you can enjoy most delicious the national and international gastronomy.

    It has a total of ten movie theaters rooms, a big colorful aquarium and an amphitheatre where concerts usually are carried out.

    What to buy: you can get whatever you want there. It's a good place for shopping and spending the afternoon.

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    ENGLISH BOOKSTORES

    by swesn Updated Oct 16, 2007

    THE AMERICAN BOOK SHOP has moved to Centro Comercial Centro Plaza which is a shopping mall located in Los Palos Grandes neighbourhood. It has quite a selection of English books. I was looking for Latin American literature in English, but they only have a few books from Mario Vargas Llosa and no one else (from South America, I mean). And they were very expensive. Meanwhile, the classics are at half-price.

    Directions: Get off at Altamira metro station and walk east along Avenida Francisco de Miranda. It is located in the basement. Here's the address:

    The American Book Shop
    Centro Comercial Centro Plaza
    Nivel Jardin, al lado de Restaurante Margana
    Los Palos Grandes
    Tel: 286-2230/ 285-8779
    Hours: 9 - 6 Monday to Saturday

    TECNICIENCIAS
    Based on the name, this huge bookstore seems to cater to books of science and technology, but there is a section of English books of popular fictions like John Grisham, Danielle Steel and some classics. There are several branches. One is in Centro Sambil. The others are:

    CCCT
    C.Ciudad Comercial TAMANACO
    Nivel C-2
    Urb. Chuao
    Tel: 959-5547 / 959-5035

    C.C. Plaza Las America (the new side)
    Nivel Comercio 1
    Boulevard El Cafetal - Urb. El Cafetal
    Tel: 988.04.90
    Website: www.tecniciencia.com

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    CENTRO SAMBIL

    by swesn Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    The massive Centro Sambil is a huge shopping mall where the beautiful and hip people of Venezuela go shopping at. Here you can find all the stylish shops, banks, internet cafes, etc... The fashion sense here is the complete opposite of that at Sabana Grande.

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    Chacaito: The Markets

    by Meztli81 Written Dec 29, 2006

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    What to buy: Although there are plenty of large, nicemalls (The Sambil is the biggest and probably the best) the thing that really stands out is the large outdoor markets everywhere. The malls are probably like what you'll get in most nicer western malls (and for Americans not not any cheaper, for Europeans it is) but the bargains are to be found at huge markets like the one right outside the Chacaito stop (Sabana Grande one), with what seemed to be hundreds of vendors selling all types of clothing (including modern fashions) and goods. I bought some shirts and many accessories like belts (and I usually hate shopping) but beware, because the sizes aren't really matched to foriegn sizes so I wouldn't recommend things like jeans and stuff that you need to try on. Belts, shoes, etc - good deals, although not that cheap like Mexico or some poorer Latin American countries, and barganing something down doesn't seem to be common. Knowing at least Spanish numbers for the money is important, as well as learning sizes.

    Many people from the middle class bemoan the taking over of "previously nice and safe" areas like Sabana Grande by the vendors and markets but as a tourist unfamiliar with the past of the area I can say I found this recent version to be highly entertaning and unique. It was right near my hotels (Savoy and then Villa Verde) so I would wander around for hours sometimes, looking at the different things and eating different things.

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    Thousand zapaterías!!! = shoe stores!!!: Fine leather shoes: ZAPATOS!!!

    by carolinaEspada Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    ZAPATOS = SHOES

    New VTfriend, Alan (ATUFFT) reminded me to do a tip on venezuelan leather shoes. He is absolutely right. Our leather shoes (for ladies, gentlemen and children) are trully great. Why? Because -thanks to the early XX century inmigration- we inherited the italian shoemaking ART and tradition. FORZA ITALIA!!! And... GRAZIE ITALIA!!!

    Let me copy-paste a bit of Alan's email:

    (...) "please research the leather shoes shopping a little more before you write.
    Whenever we go down to the many many little stores in the area of the
    Congressional buildings, I look for good deals on men's leather soled shoes.
    But, the best quality at a great price does take some time. Even so, I've
    bought pairs of shoes that rival the best Italian shoes at a fraction of the
    cost. I also know that women's shoes come in a fantastic variety although the
    good leather shoes are sometimes mixed in with the factory made plastic and
    vinyl versions sold at the stores where the Venezuelan kids are more to hang
    out.

    AlanVt"

    What to buy: There are soooooo many malls in Caracas: Sambil, CCCT, Concresa, Paseo Las Mercedes, El Recreo, Centro Plaza, Centro Comercial Chacaíto, Boleíta Center...and many many many more. In all of those you can find hundreds of "zapaterías", shoe stores. All kind of shoes, styles, colors, "fashions", traditionals or not, etc... and if you change your $$$ or your Euros in bolívares, all of these trully fine leather shoes are really unexpensive...for you (not for us, venezuelans).

    And there are still a couple of places where they make the shoe specially for you, a "shoemaker-made-shoe". But Ive never been to one of those shoe boutiques/ateliers, because Im sure I could not afford it.

    All of the leather shoes Ive bougth in my life are either venezuelan made or italian made.

    When I go to USA I buy what we call: "rubber shoes = zapatos de goma", meaning by that: tennis shoes, reeboks, sport shoes, running shoes, etc.

    But FINE leather shoes, either in Venezuela or in Italy.

    What to pay: I dont know... tons -TONS- of bolívares... not too many $$$ nor Euros. You should ask new VTfriend, Alan (ATUFFT).

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    "READ BOOKS": Are you one of those who always needs a book?

    by carolinaEspada Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Libros = books

    2006 UPDATE:
    This book store desapeared... everybody is waiting for it to "re-open" some where else. I will keep you informed.
    Now, for books in English, I go to the american or english book store on the lower floor of "Centro Plaza" in "Los Palos
    Grandes" area. Ave. Francisco de Miranda, closet Metro Station: "Altamira" (is MUCH easier to get to this book store, and there is an excelent coffee shop on the same shopping mall level). This one is a fine bookstore, but never as
    awesome as "Read Books".

    THIS IS WHAT I WROTE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO:

    Is the ultimate bookstore with books and magazines in English! Also has a coffee shop, which is still an unusual thing to find in a Venezuelan library. (But we'll get there... Is only a matter of time).

    What to buy: Books in English if you need to have something to read every single day of your life.

    If you want books in French, you will have to go to a shopping mall called CENTRO COMERCIAL CHACAITO (right next to the metro station called Chacaito). The French book store is on the basement.

    If you want book in Italian, then you will have to go to Avenida Solano. Closest metro station: Sabana Grande. They bring the italian newspaper: IL CORIERE DE LA SERA.

    What to pay: As much as you want to read...

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    El Sambil

    by Saringuis Written Feb 9, 2006

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    El Sambil is the biggest mall in Caracas. You will find various stores here, including american and European stores (Zara, Bershka, Indiani, Louis Vuitton...). Besides that, there are lots of impressive restaurants of different genres; french, chinese, sushi, italian... Be aware, you can easlily get lost in this shopping center!

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    El Hatillo

    by Saringuis Written Feb 9, 2006

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    What to buy: My favourite craft item I bought in El hatillo, is a clay statue of a caribbean girl with a fruitbasket on her head. Had a though time choosing one, they were all so beautiful, with strangely enough, all their own personality (??)

    What to pay: Can't rember the price but I assume it wasn't expensive or else I wouldn have bought it!!

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    Sabana Grande: BUHONEROS - Street Sales

    by ezaguryk Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    It is a long boulevard (5 to 7 block), with stores of side and side, also in the middle of the street you will find the BUHONEROS (street sales), occupying almost all the street and the step where one walks he is very small, it feels like popular market.

    What to buy: They have table’s awnings and sell almost everything

    What to pay: some time it is cheaper the thing that you find there but some time no, just need to compare price

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    Candy!

    by Saringuis Written Feb 8, 2006

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    In Caracas you will find lots of little shops like this one, filled with "chemical" sweets, balloons, choclates... Apparently Venezuelans have a sweet tooth... :)

    What to pay: You can spend as much as you like, depends on your sugar tolerance level ;)

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    Shopping in Caracas

    by Schnorf Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Centro Commercial Sambil

    Caracas is a shoppers delight. You'll find local and imported goods, clothing, shoes, gems and jewelry, hardwood carvings, pottery, baskets, wool tapestries, and the original wild cotton or palm fiber hammocks. Browse through

    El Hatillo, a restored colonial village south of Caracas for crafts
    jewelry
    shopping centers
    The Mercadito de Chacao and the Mercado Guacaipuro are authentic traditional markets

    What to buy: Central Comercial Ciudad Tamanaco
    Shopping Center/Mall, Las Mercedes


    Centro Sambil
    Shopping Center/Mall, Chacao


    Diamoro
    Jewelry, Las Mercedes


    El Recreo
    Shopping Center/Mall, El Recreo


    H. Stern
    Jewelry, Caracas


    Las Mercedes
    Shopping Neighborhood, Las Mercedes


    Mercadito de Chacao
    Green Market, Chacao


    Mercado Guacaipuro
    Food, Chacao


    Muzo Gemologists
    Jewelry, Las Mercedes


    Paseo de Las Mercedes
    Shopping Center/Mall, Las Mercedes

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    Men stores... the nicer, the better...: TIES... but not "family ties"

    by carolinaEspada Written Dec 27, 2004
    Corbata = Tie

    Venezuelan men wear superb ties!!!

    That is one of my favorite presents to bring friends, relatives and dear ones that live in Puerto Rico or in the States, for example.

    I've always given venezuelan ties to my "compadre" (the father of my godson) Frank Burke M.D., who is from Washington D.C., but lives in Lexington, Ky. He named me, long long time ago, his Tie Selector. His wife (my dearest "comadre" Joannie) hasnt bought a tie for him in centuries. Frank is a surgeron. Everytime he wears a venezuelan tie, people stop him and give him a great compliment.

    (That makes me soooo happy...)

    What to buy: 1. Imported silk ties from Italy and France.

    2. Made in Venezuela ties with imported silks and fabrics.

    3. 100% made in Venezuela. Everything.

    What to pay: A "whole lot" for the very-imported ones; a "lot" for the ones made in Venezuela with imported material; "less" for the 100% venezuelansC. Now... "a lot" in bolívares, with the US$ change is a great buy. Great presents. Fit beautifully in the suitcases.

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    PARTY DEPOT: "where the party begins": All you can dream for to make a party!

    by carolinaEspada Written Dec 25, 2004
    Party Depot bill

    I´ve seen this kind of store in the U.S.A., but on December 24th, 2004, I was happily surprised to know that we have several of them. A "cadena" = a "chain" of Party Depot all over Caracas.

    What to buy: Everything you want to make a party, to go to a party. (And there are toys as well, even for adults).

    The place in humongous and there are too too too many things in there. Stuff you had never imagined and things that you dont know what they are for (but there is always a young happy guy to help you around).

    I bought two "eyes masks" with peacock feathes and other kind of less glamorous feathers, and two "marabues" = soft feathers "boas" (a light-blue-green one and a purple-blueish one). That is my Xmas present for my two God daughters. They NEED to celebrate badly this upcomming New Years Eve (they, we, have had a rough year), so we better start happy Jan 1rst, 2005.

    What to pay: More than you were expecting. Party Depot is a new place, is "hot", has many many things, imported stuff, so all of the prices are above average.

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    Every shopping mall: Now a "TRADITIONAL" xmas paper...

    by carolinaEspada Written Dec 21, 2004
    Reindeer =

    Also designed by friend Ana Black, but for those who rather stick to Xmas wrapping paper tradition.

    What to buy: We dont have reindeers in Venezuela. I love this one. His expresion is the same one you get after you drink too much ponchecrema (check my ponchecrema tip, which is our merry Xmas traditional drink)

    What to pay: 1000 bolívares (1 U.S.$ = 1950 bolívares on December 2004).

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    Every single shoping mall...: Original Xmas papers for wrapping up presents

    by carolinaEspada Written Dec 21, 2004

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    Palmera con bolas = Palm tree with balls

    If you want to wrap your presents, in Venezuela we also have beautifull xmas papers that can go from traditional to really-trully creative and original.

    What to buy: This year Ana Black, a friend of mine, designed 5 different tipes of Xmas wraping papers. Here, in the picture, goes my favorite one. A 100% venezuelan Xmas one.

    What to pay: 1000 bolívares each big paper. (1 U.S. $ = 1950 bolívares on December 2004)

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