Boquete is not like a city. Being ia small town of around 20,000 - 21,000 people it has a few more stores than some other small towns. However not a lot to choose from.
Tuesday Market is held every week in the
BCP area just across the bridge over the Calder River.
In this market you will see hand made arts and crafts; herbs and local oils or tonics for your health. There is usually a chiropractor doing his treatments; hand made jewelry, wood and ceramic art and so much more. The photos show the Tueday
Market in December 2012.
The downtown department store is a big surprise! La Renya is a well stocked mid-price range department store that stocks clothing and shoes for the family; home goods, some furniture, dishes, appliances, school supplies, a baby items, cosmetics, and so much more.
Smaller shops offer an eclectic mix of household items, assorted clothing and shoes, jewelry, some offer trinkets and tourist souvenirs. The photo below shows the twin bedspreads I purchased at Le Reyna ($28 each set); the vase came from a small shop up the street. Although Le Reyna has wall art, the large picture is from Conway ( a Target affiliated store) in David. The red sarong on the chair was $10 at tiny shop in Boquete. Still I enjoy shopping in Boquete.
If you need a new outfit Le Reyna is
the place to shop! Boquete's full
service department store has a wide
array of popular styles and sizes for the entire family. So if you are just visiting or live in the Boquete area this store offers something for everyone.
You will want to have time to browse. The store front is very misleading a makes it appear quite small.
You won't find a lot of terribly expensive clothing but most items are priced in the average person's price range. This is a family owned store, they are nice people and the stall is helpful, most speak enough English to be of service, if not they will get someone who can translate.
All up and down the main streets are small mom and pop shops that offer unique clothing or apparel items. Panama hats, caps, sarongs. hand made purses, exquisite jewelry, high end hand bags and watches in the hundred plus category are also found in Boquete.
This photo is of the Plaza downtown.
Buses and taxis drop people off here. People linger here druing the day for conversation and relaxation.
Regarding shopping malls, Boquete is a work in progress. As of this year (2013), there is no shopping mall here, in this beautiful, serene, small town. You can, however, usually find what you need here, or, if you cannot, what you want can usually be found in David, a much largerr city only a short 45 minute drive away.
Thankfully the shopping that most ExPat's want is found along the Pan-American Highway on the less ( only somewhat less) hectic side of David. Conway is like a target store, Arrocha is a beautiful home and pharmacy type store, with a huge toy and baby department on the second floor. Rey is a nice upscale grocery store, Do It Center is like a Home Depot, Price Smart is Costco. There are appliance stores, cameras, boutique shopping for ladies and men, pet stores and so many things all located in such a handy location. You can take a cab or a bus to David from Boquete.
We have La Reyna or Le Reina (it is spelled both ways) here in Boquete. This is a nice clean department store suitable for most family needs. They sell furniture, some bedding and linens, kitchen gadgets, cosmetics, school supplies, toys, shoes and more. All over Boquete you find small stores that have clothing, housewares, hardware,
car needs, tools, parts, lawn and garden, as well as farm stores. There are pharmacies, beauty shops, travel agents, real estate offices, laundry and computer stores.
Remember that Boquete has what you need and David has what you want. If it isn't in David you will find large, high end, very American style shopping malls in Panama City!
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