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Shopping Summary - Shopping Esteli - Nicaragua

Esteli offers more shopping opportunities than any other town in the northern highlands. Items crafted in outlying communities can all be found at several well-stocked shops around town. These include Artesenias La Esquina and the slightly more expensive Artesenia Sorpresa, formerly known as Artesenia Nicaraguense, both of which carry pottery, soapstone sculptures, leather goods and wooden carvings. Crafts can also be found at Casa Esteli, where tours are arranged, and at Café Arte Tipiscayan, owned by sculptor Freddy Moreno. The slightly upscale café offers typical Nica food and good coffee. Look for Freddy in the café and ask him to show you his nearby workshop. Arte Tipiscayan is located three blocks north and two blocks west of the Shell station (713-7303, cell: 664-2942, café

Tours to cigar factories are available through Casa Esteli and Café Luz, although many of the smaller shops around town will be happy to let you poke your head in to see how the cigars are rolled. To arrange visits to Empresa Nicaranguese call owner Armando at 693-8053. For tours of the Esteli Cigar Factory call 713-5688 or email If you’re just looking to buy, locally rolled cigars are widely available in stores around town.

Along the southern half of Avenida 1 SO can be found a plethora of leather workshops. Embossed belts, saddles, and of course, cowboy boots can all be made to order along this street. Casa Fegueroa seems to offer the lowest prices, with custom made boots going for 55 USD. Control freaks and fashionistas will delight in choosing the exact color, texture, height, and heel and toe shapes of their footware. Feet can be measured in the store, although molds of standard sizes are used. While already-made boots can be bought on the spot, special orders take about a week to produce.


Esteli, Nicaragua

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Artesan workshop

Currencies accepted
Nicaraguan cĂłrdoba

13 Apr 2009

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