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Shopping in Paraguay


Special purchases in Paraguay include ñandutí lace, made by the women of Itagua, and aopoí sports shirts, made in a variety of colours and designs. Aó poí is a famous product, a type of fine unbleached cotton. It and other textiles are made in the nearby town of Villarica. Other items include leather goods, wood handicrafts, silver yerba maté cups and native jewellery. Palo santo are small items made from Paraguayan wood.

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Friday, 8 am-noon and 3 pm-7pm; and Saturday, 7:30 am-1 pm.


Typical souvenirs from Asunción would include guampas/bombillas, t-shirts, traditional lace, or leather goods. Calle Palma is the main shopping street. Pretty much everything you can buy here, you can get cheaper in one of the parallel streets.

If you like air-conditioned shopping, there are plenty of upscale shopping malls, especially in the Villa Morra area. Shopping del Sol (Avenida Aviadores de Chaco & DF de Gonzalez), is the biggest in the country and is opposite the Sheraton. Close by is glitzy Paseo Carmelitas (Avenida España & Malutin).

Mall Excelsior on Chile, and the more basic Asuncion Supercentro on the western end of Oliva are both in the centre. The huge Mercado 4, along Avenida Sivio Pettirossi, is a chaotic market where you can buy just about anything very cheaply, it is particularly good for counterfeit clothing and pirated CDs and DVDs (of varying quality).

For handicrafts, go to Plaza de los Heroes. The biggest and liveliest market is Mercado Cuatro (Avenida Dr. Francia & Pettirossi). Vendors there sell everything from food to clothes; it's open daily from 6:30 am to 6 pm. On Saturday, Plaza de la Independencia has a morning market with handicrafts and souvenirs, and there is a small passageway with stalls selling similar items on Colon and Presidente Franco.

For textiles, head to Taller Fábrica (Mariscal Estigarribia 2174). As for art, go to Arte Latinoamericano (Santa Rosa 586).





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