5 Most Iconic Malls in Bogota
While we were thinking about what information would be more important to travelers, at first we thought that they might want to know about the biggest malls in Bogota. However, we thought that, perhaps, what they really want to know is which are the most iconic. After all, bigger doesn’t always mean most interesting or even better. In addition, surely those who visit Bogota also want to know about the places that are historic and that, over the years, have marked some important events in the city. Here you have the 5 most iconic malls in Bogota.
It is one of the oldest malls in the city and, without a doubt, the most important. Unicentro is located in the north of Bogota, next to 127th Street and on 15th Avenue. Due to its strategic location and its recognition, Unicentro is one of the most visited points of the city during weekends. It also has one of the most visited movie theaters in the city. It was inaugurated in 1976 and it was the first big mall in Bogota, which marked a new era of shopping malls in the city. During more than 40 years, it has remained one of the most productive shopping centers in the city. Despite the growing competition, it’s one of the most income-laden malls at the end of the year. It’s only surpassed by the next on the list.
Although it has much less history than Unicentro, Santafe has managed to position itself as the most visited and most productive mall in Bogota. It was inaugurated in 2006 in the north of the city (exactly, on 183rd Street, below the Northern Highway), in one of the areas that, since the 2000s, has established itself as one of the most populated and busiest of Bogota. It’s one of the biggest malls in Colombia and, since its opening, it has become a meeting point for all people living in the north of the city.
Andino is, mainly, a meeting point in one of the busiest areas of Bogota. Located on the 82nd Street, below 11th Avenue, Andino is surrounded by restaurants and bars, business areas, countless clothing stores, hotels, casinos and even other malls that feed by the high traffic of people passing through the area. You could say that Andino is among the most luxurious and visited malls in the city. In addition to its shops and movie theaters, Andino is also appealing due to its boutiques and high-end restaurants.
A little more than 10 years after the inauguration of Unicentro -which, as we said, established the era of the big shopping malls in Bogota-, Bulevar Niza was inaugurated (1989). Although not as popular and productive as Unicentro, Bulevar Niza has remained an icon in the north part of the city due to the large glass dome that has as its roof. It may not be the most beautiful architectural piece in the city, but it remains one of the most striking. Definitely, it’s one of the most eccentric malls in Bogota.
Hacienda Santa Barbara
Also inaugurated in 1989, Hacienda Santa Barbara is one of the most interesting malls due to its architecture. The building is a mixture between the colonial houses of the area -it is located in Usaquen- and the new facilities of the mall. Thus, in the Hacienda Santa Barbara you will find some modern sections, while there are others that mix the old tiles and walls of colonial times with restaurants and clothing stores. It’s also very popular because of its location, as it’s next to the Usaquen Plaza and a large area of restaurants and bars.