Coffee culture is big here — after all, it’s Juan Valdez’s home — so pick up a bag of whole or freshly ground beans; there’s a Juan Valdez café and shop on the Plaza de la Universidad. Emeralds are another hometown specialty, and the streets of Old Town are full of shops selling both loose stones (to create your own pieces) and fine jewelry. Prices and quality vary, so be sure to shop around.
With all the galleries in town, art is also a top purchase, but if space is an issue, opt for more packable items like mochilas, colorful, hand-woven bags sold along the streets, in the markets and (in upscale versions) in the boutiques.
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