Monday, May 7, 2012

Shopping in Managua

Gelato - Metrocentro Mall, Managua
Recently we joined another couple for a shopping trip to Managua. We left León by 1:15 pm in their truck and quickly made our way into Managua. Our first stop was the Metrocentro Mall which we found to be very modern. We were pleased to find a huge La Colonia grocery store with a great selection of items we can't get in León.  The mall is quite large with a nice mix of stores. Be prepared - prices are not cheap - for the most part, you will be paying North American prices. We made our way over to the food court where we found some awesome gelato - yum! The food court had a number of choices that most people would recognize such as McDonalds, Subway and Burger King. There was also Chinese, Italian and more local Nicaraguan food available. Pat was thrilled to see that a number of the food court restaurants served beer!

Chicken - Pricesmart

Our next stop was at Pricesmart which is just like Costco in Canada. There are some terrific buys if you have the time and transportation to shop here - membership required. We were able to pick up the completer set to our towels (friends had bought them for us last month) so we were thrilled with that. We loved looking around the store to see what was available and found some interesting discoveries. I'm not sure that I'm ready to buy a package of chicken "parts" that include the feet....
This is the place to come for some fresh Parmesan cheese, pepper jack, and Philadelphia cream cheese. Their bakery products looked awesome, however you are just as well to buy your vegetables locally.