South America's Hidden Gem
Caracas has numerous modern shopping centres, where the stylish and wealthy Caraqueños frequent. As well as stylish shops and boutiques you’ll also find restaurants and nightclubs – even spas – in the shopping malls in Caracas. Well regarded malls include Centro Comercial Sambil (thought to be the largest mall in South America), Centro Comercial Ciudad Tamanaco, Autopista Francisco Fajardo, Calle La Estancia as well as Centro Lido. Popular items to shop for in Caracas include gold jewellery and leather goods. Do not expect to bag a bargain while shopping in Caracas, high inflation and import taxes keep the prices high here. A great place in Caracas to shop for native arts and crafts is the restored colonial village of El Hatillo. Away from the capitol, the Isla Margarita is a Mecca for shoppers and holidaymakers alike as it has duty free status. Venezuelans are big fans of the shopping mall and you will find these all over the country. Generally shops are open Monday-Saturday 9 or 10 am to 7 pm, though some may close for lunch. Malls often remain open later and are open on Sunday.