Since 1987 the flea market of Mercado de las pulgas de San Alejo, also known as Mercado San Alejo, has taken over the streets of Bogota. In the heart of the Colombian capital in the oldest neighborhood of the city known as La Candelaria in Colombia, this event is now thought to be one of the largest antique markets in the country.
With hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors, this markets evokes a special atmosphere with a reputation for antique treasures resting among the goods. Whether you are local to the area or passing through as a tourist, Mercado de las pulgas de San Alejo should certainly not be missed.
Mercado de las pulgas de San Alejo is a bustling and in many ways typical flea market. The quality of goods for sale ranges from items that vendors must have been deciding whether or not to trash, and high quality antiques of great value. This of course is the joy of such markets for most visitors; get ready to rummage, browse, engage vendors and find out as much as possible about the wares.
Walking through Mercado de las pulgas de San Alejo provides a historical and cultural tour, as well as a shopping experience, and this is embedded within the tradition of this market. Among the founding vendors are restorers, cabinet makers, artisans and historians, who have passed their knowledge through the generations. There is a great deal of cultural wealth in many of the items for sale, and this information is gladly shared with interested visitors.
Mercado de las pulgas de San Alejo has a fantastic mixture of local and foreigh, old and modern, general wares and specific collectables, all marked by the influence of foreign communities that have participated in the formation of the city. With street entertainment and refreshments aplenty, be sure to allow a good few hours to fully explore this market. It is more than worth it.