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Shopping in Nicaragua


Nicaragua has some very impressive shopping centres and markets, with so many different shops selling different goods that you will be able to just stroll around for days on one. Some of the local items of Nicaragua include gold work, embroidery, leather works and shoes, artworks and paintings.

Nicaragua has two major craft markets, Managua'a Roberto Huembes Market and Masaya. These craft markets sell everything imaginable from clothes, leather products, hemp products, wood goods, shoes, ceramics, to all sorts of souvenirs and gifts.

Another popular market is the farmers market that sells all types of farm products such as flowers, fruit and vegetables, rice, eggs, meat, spices, sauces, ceramics, pottery and baskets.

The shopping hours of most shops in Nicaragua are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, at the banks and at official bureau de change in major cities. Travellers cheques are accepted widely. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted on a limited basis.

Bargaining is expected in all but the larger department stores.


In Managua as well as in some of the other major cities, you can find national products such as clothing, shoes, handicrafts and souvenirs. Foreign goods are also available, but sometimes at a little more expensive prices. Gold and silver goods produced in Nicaragua have great demand and can be purchased in major jewellery stores. Some of the largest and best stores are the Centro Comercial Managua, Metrocentro, Supermercados, Diplotiendas and Supermercados Internacionales.

Other Places

Flor de Cana rum, one of Central America's foremost spirits, is produced near Chinandega and is sold everywhere. Granada is a good place to buy Nicaragua's excellent cigars, and you'll find some fine local crafts in the main plaza.

The pottery of San Juan de Oriente is one of the country's shopping highlights and should not be missed.





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