El Hatillo, Caracas
If you want to buy some authentic venezuelan craft, El Hatillo is the place to be. There are a lot of different stores, selling different things. There is one store that has it all. It's so big you could get lost in it! They have different areas in this place; things from the rain forest, kitchen things, clothing, statues, religious, hammocks... It's one of those places where you spend all afternoon, just touching everything... Besides shops there are also plenty of restaurants and bars. All these are located around a plaza with a statue of nobody less then Simon Bolivar. The shop and houses in the hatillo area are very colorfull, charming!
Buildings constructed and painted in the old Venezuelan style. This neocolonial town, located 9 miles (15km) southeast of downtown, is a great place to spend a few leisurely hours and grab a meal.
They also have a large shop with handmade souvenirs called HANNSI http://www.hannsi.com.ve/
Buses run between Caracas and El Hatillo at regular intervals throughout the day. Por puestos leave from Avenida Humbolt near the Chacaito metro stop; the fare is 250Bs (30¢). Metro bus route 202, beginning near the Altamira metro station, also goes to El Hatillo; the fare is 360Bs (50¢). A taxi to El Hatillo should cost around 7,000Bs ($9.75).
Enjoy a wonderful place El Hatillo, a peaceful, traditional town with streets filled with picturesque, multi-colored colonial houses a lot of nice outdoor cafe and restaurant and admire the antiques, flowers and crafts.
In the plaza (plaza Bolibar) you can see during weekend many cultural events also you will see a lot of children playing and at night couples talking or just sitting and enjoying. In front of the Plaza is the Church if you will like to go.
What I like most of the El Hatillo is that you can walk on the street safety during the day and during the night, the climate is very nice and have many options.
I go a lot on Sundays
Just outside Caracas, direction South East, you find this picturesque and touristy village, which lives of the nice galleries, artesania shops, coffee and cake places (try the one at the right end of Plaza Bolivar), bars and restaurants. The scenery is dominated by the colourful houses climbing up the hills. It's a bit of rest for all your senses coming out of Caracas.