Shopping in Nicaragua, Shopping Guide, Business
Nicaragua has some very impressive shopping centers and markets. There are often so many different shops in Nicaragua that sell a variety of goods that you will be able to just stroll around for days on end. Some of the locally manufactured and sold items for sale in Nicaragua include gold work, embroidery, leather work, shoes, artwork and paintings.
In Managua as well as in some of the other major cities, you can find national products such as clothing, shoes, handicrafts and souvenirs. Foreign goods are also available but these are often a little more expensive than they should be. Gold and silver goods produced in Nicaragua are in great demand and can be purchased in major jewelry stores. Some of the largest and best stores are the Centro Comercial Managua, Metrocentro, Supermercados, Diplotiendas and Supermercados Internacionales.
Nicaragua has two major craft markets: Managua’s Roberto Huembes Market and the Masaya Market. These craft markets sell everything imaginable, from clothes, leather products, hemp products, wood goods, shoes, ceramics, to all sorts of souvenirs and gifts.
Another popular market is the farmers market that sells all types of farm products, such as flowers, fruit and vegetables, rice, eggs, meat, spices, sauces, ceramics, pottery and baskets.
The shopping hours of most shops in Nicaragua are from Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 19:00 pm and from 09:00 am to 18:00 pm on Saturdays.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, at the banks and at official bureau de change in major cities. Traveler’s checks are widely accepted. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted on a limited basis.