Here you will find all type of art crafts and typical objects of Venezuela……
Like maracas, hammocks, four (typical instrument), mask of devils of yare and very other interesting things to take home as a souvenir………………
The shopping Mall Sambil is the biggest at Latin America it have 500 commerce, with a big variety of entertainment options and restaurants of diverse gastronomical specialties.
You will find a lot stores include like headings, ladies, horsemen and children; shoes; jewelry shop; electrical articles; pharmacy; bookstores; toys
Also, they have boutiques of the most famous designers of the high world-wide seam; a Center Jeweler a Center of Beauty
A lot restaurants and terraces outdoors, in which they can enjoy most delicious the national and international gastronomy.
During weekend can be much crowed, and it is difficult to walk around.
Centro Comercial Cuidad Tamanaco. The shopping mall has cinemas, Food fairs, children's activities, and other attractions. A four-star hotel also forms part of the complex (Best western CCT).
Have out door and indoor parking lot with some 6000 spaces.
The corridors are ample, you will find a lot of people during the weekends. It has a good variety of shops. And big food court.
It's a very pretty shop run by a belgian lady that has been making chocolate in Venezuela for along time.
Inside they have a mini exposition of several things related to chocolate and of course the display of all the wonderful chocolates you can buy
What to buy: Even tough the owners are belgian, the cocoa they use is 100% venezuelan (some say it's the best of the world). They have all sorts of filled bomboms and you can build your box with the chocolates you choose or get one already made. I once took a box to Italy, they travel really well.
It just open in Dicember 2004, I will say it is a fancy mall, you will find very exclusive store of music, antiques and reading also the best franchises on clothing. The architecture is very nice and elegant, it has 5 levels plus the food court, that I have to say it is the best one that I know in Caracas, it have many options that you do not know what to choose, some that you would not find in other shopping mall.
What to pay: I have to recognize that it is an expensive shopping mall
I was very honored and pleased when VT member Sophie Roquefort asked me to recomend her a venezuelan writer, a principal venezuelan novel. "I always read a book from the most important author of every country I go to", she said and I said: "Wow".
So I recomended her "Dona Barbara" by Romulo Gallegos. That is a must. Is a novel that every venezuelan has to read in school. And is very good.
There is a very famous mexican film (an adaptation of this novel), played by the diva Maria Felix. She was Dona Barbara. An unforgettable character. An unfogettable actress. A breathtaking woman.
Dona Barbara has been translated to many, many, many languages... so if you like reading... There.
What to buy: "Dona Barbara": The Venezuelan Novel by Romulo Gallegos.
Pronunciation Warning: Dona is not spelled neither pronunced like that in Spanish.
It needs the Spanish letter that comes after the N and right before the O. Yes, we do have another letter there, but it wont appear in VT.
Look what it happens if I write that word:
Did you see? Do?a, do?a, do?a...
In French and Italian would be pronounced as: Dogna Barbara. Meaning Madam Barbara, Donna Barbara.
If you speak English practice saying jalapegno, then jalapegna, then dogna. I'm really upset that I cant write properly our "egne" right here. It looks like an N with a horizontal bar on the top.
What to pay: Not much. They have economic paper back editions, because kids have to read this book in high school.
It´s a market located near downtown Caracas, there you´ll find any type of clothe that you want, in fact the clothes you buy there are the ones you´ll find in the expensive malls... so i think it´s a good place to go!!!
What to pay: You´ll spend half the money
Whenever I travel I dont like to waste my time from one shop to another. I go to museums, art centers, parks, historic sites, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, almost everywhere... and I try to avoid shops. But... on the other hand, I always like to bring back home presents for my relatives and friends...
So... if you are like me, and you come to Caracas, you take a taxi to "El Hatillo" (dont pronounce the "H", say it like: El Atillo, Ah-tee-jou), and go to "HANSI".
El Hatillo is a cute an colorfull little town that long ago was far away from the city of Caracas. But the city has expanded so much, that El Hatillo seems to be right there. About 30-40 minutes away from downtown Caracas (by car, by bus it takes for ever). This a tourist place full of tiny stores and all sort of execelent and not so expensive restaurants. It is a very nice place to go just to walk around, take pictures, buy tipycal venezuelan candies or beads to make necklaces. It´s a great place. A little town in the middle of a huge city. Nice.
Hansi, on the very begining was a store in one of these colourfull little houses. But since it was so succesfull, the owner bought the house next by. And, later, the other house next by... and another... I dont know how many lillte houses is Hansi right now. Maybe four... maybe more. The owner has comunicated all these houses on the inside. On the outside almost nothing has changed. I looks like a typical colorfull tiny venezuelan town.
What to buy: EVERYTHING in arts and crafts (local and also from other south american countries). EVERYTHING you can think of in one single place: wood animals carved by the indians; bows and arrows; indian baskets; hamocs; indian feather "crowns"; indian bags; venezuelan souvenir t-shirts; dried pirañas with their mouths open full of teeth (piranas?... In Venezuelan we call them "caribes"); indian pottery from a place called Quibor; "alpargatas" (typical venezuelan sandals); ponchos and ruanas (the typical coats people wear at Los Andes mountain range); coffee, real coffee!!!; sculptures, saints, plates, brass ornaments; little nativities (which people buy all year long); postcards, books, jewelry (all kinds), candies, venzuelan hats ("sombrero de cogollo"); wooden cases to keep cigars (humifiers? I dont know what they are called); and cigars from Venezuela and also from Cuba, and let me tell you, those are reaaaallllly expensive. Two years ago i saw a tourist buying a 26 $ cigar. One cigar. Ok? One.
But there a millions of things to buy here, if you like to collect arts and crafts from the places you go.
I dont. I wouldent put a dried piraña (caribe) over my piano. But I have bought them and give them away to children in other countries and they all go: WOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!
What to pay: That's another good reason to go to Hassi... you will find all kind of prices. From a 1 $ typical necklace, to a 26 $ cuban cigar, to a ???$ big and beatifull, wooden case for your cigar, to a ???$$ complete full size indian boat...
This is THE MOTHER OF ALL SHOPPING CENTERS!!!
I hate it. I hate malls. But some people LOVE them dearly! Some people from near by countries or islands, make a one day visit to Caracas just to shop. (Wildly). Others, from far aways towns of Venezuela, do the same thing. One day consumming madness. Love to shop. Shopping fever. Unstopable!
I cant stand it. But some people have a ball at "El Sambil". In this 5 or 6 stories high building (I havent dared to count them! Is agoraphobic! ), you can find everything that you are looking for. And you can also find things you were not looking for, didnt know they existed, dont know what they are, etc...
What to buy: What ever you want: from local, typical and not expensive candies, to really fancy and expensive clothing or decorating items. National and imported.There is a Ferrari store, a Louis Vuittone one, an Alessi one. And among this beauty and richness, you can also find a couple of discount stores and a warehouse. There is everything for everybody.
There are restaurants and fast food places, a bowling alley, a bunch of cinemas, cybercafés, a couple of excelent book stores, gorgeous shoe stores, local craft stands, computers places, english cothes for men, italian and french boutiques. Everything. Just name it!
WARNING: there is an urban legend about this place, but no one knows if it is true. By email we were told that something really bad happened in one of their many restrooms. The suggestion is to go to the restrooms near the fast food places, because they are always crowded and you will feel safe.
What to pay: If you are a shopaholic you will spend all of what you have in cash and your credit card will finally melt (after so much use in one single day).
If you are not, you can go for a walk, windowshop, eat an icecream, see a movie.
I´ve gone three times against my will. I feel like a tiny ant inside of a Gruyere cheese. I´d rather be locked in an elevator than walking unleashed in "El Sambil". Cross my heart.