Paloquemao Market: A Bogotá must-see

The Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao is one of Bogotá’s most important markets for fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, flowers, and much more. It was founded in 1946, and has been in its current location since 1967.  Pawel, a friend from Poland, was gracious enough to let me borrow some of the beautiful images he captured of the market and the people that work there. Take a look…

Paloquemao tower, Bogotá

Welcome to Paloquemao market

Guanabana in Paloquemao

José, holding a guanabana, has been working in Paloquemao for 25 years. He inherited the business from his father.

Tomate de arbol, tree tomato or tamarillo

Tomate de árbol a.k.a tree tomato or tamarillo is native to Andean countries like Colombia.

Bananas in Paloquemao

Bananas sold by Rodrigo. For 1 USD you can get as many as 20 pieces.

cubios, root vegetable from Boyacá

Cubios - a small root vegetable from Cundinamarca and Boyacá.


Six varieties of potatoes are sold at this stall, including papa pastusa, sabanera and criolla - the 3 needed to make ajiaco!

colombian plantains

Jorge (left) has been selling platanos/plantains at the Plaza for 32 years! They are used green or ripe depending on the dish.

Aromatic herbs at Paloquemao

German sells all kinds of herbs! For just a quarter dollar, he can sell you an armful of peppermint, lemon balm, chamomile, lemon grass and basil.

Catfish from the Magdalena River

Catfish from the Magdalena River

Mojarra colombia

Mojarra - usually served on the coast. fried whole and served with coconut rice and patacones (fried plantains).

Butcher Bogotá

Business as usual for butcher's at Paloquemao.

Eggs at Paloquemao

Fresh eggs from happy hens.

quail eggs

Beautiful quail eggs


Flowers at Paloquemao

If you have a chance to visit the market while you are in Bogotá, then do. Remember, the earlier the better and you can get a typical breakfast and fresh fruit juice at one of the many food stalls in the market while you’re there. Try going with Mike’s Bogotá Bike tours or just jump in a cab and go to:

Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao – Avenida 19 # 25-04

Mon – Fri: 5:00 am-4:30 pm

Sat – Sun: 5:00 am-2:00 pm

Check out this post from last year featuring a video filmed in the market – great song, great video…


About Diana Holguin

Bilingual voice talent and lover of food. Wayward Fork is where both worlds collide.
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8 Responses to Paloquemao Market: A Bogotá must-see

  1. ybenner says:

    Amazing photos. I want to go there now! 🙂

  2. ekamati108 says:

    So glad you are posting, sharing, inspiring many of us!

  3. Pawel says:

    nice photos!:)

  4. vbmigration says:

    HI Bloggeer

    Thanks a lot for sharing information about Paloquemao Market… i could find Indian spices which i could not get in Exito or Carulla in Bogota city.. thanks a lot.

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  7. Wolfgang says:

    Will go there today or tomorrow …
    And will also write about it on my website! 😉

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