Puerto Varas may not even be a shopper's paradise, but
you don't have to go back without new purchases in your
suitcase. The neighboring city, Puerto Montt, is more
attractive in this sense as it has shopping malls and a
In Puerto Varas, the center is the best
place to do some shopping. There are several stores,
especially for clothes. If you're in need of parts to
protect yourself from the cold, you'll find stores that
sell products from famous brands like Montagne, Columbia
or The North Face. To buy handmade products, be sure to
stop by the small Handicraft Fair in Puerto Varas, which
sells woolen clothes, gifts, postcards, etc. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage men's wallets.
In Puerto Montt, one place you should not miss is the
Angelmo Market. It concentrates many kiosks where
fruits, vegetables, fish and other foods are sold, as
well as handicraft products, wool clothing, leather
goods, etc. There are also several restaurants there
and, for those who want to eat a dish with fresh fish or
seafood, it is a good choice.
Anyone who wants to enjoy the trip for shopping
should include the Paseo Costanera, the largest mall in
the city, in the itinerary. This shopping center
concentrates famous stores around the world, in addition
to Chilean brands like Falabella, Ripley and Paris,
which sell a huge variety of products. Costanera is
considered the best place to shop in the region. Another
shopping center in Puerto Montt is the Paseo del Mar,
but this one is not as worthwhile as the previous one,
because it has a much lower number of stores.
If you like wine, enjoy your trip to Chile to visit a
supermarket and buy some for good prices.
Puerto Varas Craft Fair
In front of the Plaza de Armas, in the center of
Puerto Varas, there is a small craft fair that can yield
some new acquisitions.
The place is really small, with few shops, but it has
legal prices and several handmade products. Expect to
find woolen clothes, gloves, handmade decorations, bags,
hats, ponchos, etc.
Puerto Montt may not be a place full of tourist
spots, but if there is one place to visit in the city,
it is the Angelmo Market. It is in front of the Pacific
Ocean and, in addition to the beautiful view it
provides, it has a huge variety of items for sale.
There are several stalls - some sell fish and
seafood; others, vegetables and fruits; others, cheeses;
and there are also those that sell handicrafts. It is
also a place where you can enjoy lunch, because the
region has several restaurants with a reputation for
serving dishes with fresh ingredients.
If you are looking for some souvenirs to take from
the city or woolen clothes, this is the ideal place.
Just be careful when buying products of plant and animal
origin, as it is forbidden to bring to Brazil.
Go during the day, around 11am, when the market is
opening. We do not indicate the location at night, for
the reputation of being dangerous. Be careful with your
belongings so you don't suffer a theft.
Paseo Costanera, in Puerto Montt, is the largest mall
in the region, ideal for those who want to shop. It is
suitable for those looking for Chilean department
stores, such as Falabella, Paris and Ripley, or for
those looking to find renowned brands such as Lacoste,
Costanera, due to the variety of establishments it
has, is the best place to shop for non-handicraft
Paseo del Mar
Paseo del Mar is a small shopping mall in Puerto
Montt. It doesn't have as many interesting stores as the
Paseo Costanera mall, but it does have a Ripley (good
option for those who want to buy clothes).
The mall has a rooftop food court and more local
stores than international brands.
Unless you intend to go to Ripley, it is not a very
good place to shop.
Del Salvador Street
Del Salvador is one of the main streets in Puerto
Varas and probably a place where you will pass several
times during your trip. On this street there are
pharmacies, banks, clothing stores and a supermarket.
Make time to walk around it and its nearby streets,
which are ideal for some shopping.
When you are close to Plaza de Armas, be sure to
notice one of the cross streets, which has a roof just
like the one in Gramado, in Rio Grande do Sul. Gramado
and Puerto Varas are said to be sister cities.