As the World's Salsa Capital, Cali is more famous for its lightning-fast dance moves and non-stop nightlife than it is for its fashion, but Colombia’s third largest metropolis is also a top choice for shoppers, with markets and malls dotted all around the city.
Whether you want to browse the latest fashions, watch a movie or just get a feel for local life, Cali’s modern shopping malls are a popular place to spend an afternoon, with the air-conditioned centers providing welcome relief from the summer heat. Chipichape is one of the biggest malls in the country, with shops selling everything from high street fashions and beauty products to toys and music, a cinema and a lively selection of restaurants, bars and salsa clubs that stay busy until midnight. Alternatively, Centenario has a huge selection of shops, a gigantic food court, plus a supermarket and movie theater, while the huge Unicentro offers over 200 shops, a casino, supermarket, multiplex cinema and a range of cafes and restaurants.
If you’re looking to pick up local souvenirs and handicrafts, head to the city’s markets instead—the best spot is the bustling Parque Artesania market on Loma de la Cruz, while the Plaza de Mercado and Alameda market offer everything from arts and crafts to regional fruits and vegetables.