Shopping in Medellín is big business. From multi-level malls nestled into verdant mountains to one-off pieces made by young and forward-thinking local designers, Medellin is a great place to shop, even if it’s just the window shopping variety. Don’t just take our word for it, Medellín has been called the fashion capital of all South America. Each year Medellin plays host to South America’s largest fashion industry event called ColombiaModa. We don’t mean to name drop, much, but the likes of Vogue and Prada were amongst those who attended last year’s three-day. The international even saw more than 9,000 fashionistas strut through its gates. While the event is only open to buyers, retailers, designers and other industry folk, it is a sure sign of the booming fashion industry within Medellin and the rest of Colombia. If fashion events like this are anything to go by, then Medellín certainly will keep your shopping bags full and, let’s face it, your wallets empty on your next visit to this beautiful city.
Located in the fancy district of El Poblado, Santa Fe shopping mall can make all your retail dreams come true. From hosting weekly events, including snow activities during Christmas, to having a host of upmarket retailers, you might need to bring your credit card along tho this mall. Santa Fe is definitely for those looking to spend big, or at least browse wishing they could. Santa Fe mall is centrally located, just a couple of blocks from Poblado metro station.
Another high-end mall situated in the ritzy Poblado area, Centro Commercial Rio Sur is the place to go to get your shop on. Elegant and glamorous, the people behind Rio Sur aren’t afraid to put on a bit of a show, hosting events and fashion shows through the year. The Centro Comercial is even undergoing new renovations to include new bars and restaurants to add to the ultimate Medellín shopping experience. The mall is situated very close to the Holiday Inn, Hotel Poblado Plaza and other hotels so if you’re staying near by your can shop til you drop, then make your wake back to your hotel for a rest before hitting the town.
Not your average shopping mall, Via Primavera boasts art galleries and markets as well as your regular retailers. And with Medellín’s perfect weather, they bring shopping outside with kiosks and markets set up in outdoor laneways. When you’re done with your shopping, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants then rent a bike to ride around and get to know the city of Medellín.