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Pop into this traditional shop and pick up a pair of authentic riding boots, as worn by the cowboys of Paraguay’s estancia. Made from the best quality leather, they’ll last forever and only look better with age. If boots aren’t your thing, I recommend a visit just to admire the handiwork of the beautifully crafted saddles and crops.
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Wander the streets in downtown Asunción and you can’t miss the numerous market stalls peddling traditional Paraguayan wares. From creamy crochet dresses perfect for summer festivals to brightly embroidered slouch bags, this is the place to pick up the summer essentials you’ll later see gracing the pages of Vogue (with an extortionate price tag). You’ll also be supporting the indigenous community, thereby avoiding shopping guilt.
Head to Cerro Corá and you’ll find nearly every shop on this very long, very straight road is an optician. The glass cabinets boast a never-ending array of specs and sunnies which will have you agonising over Jackie O-style shades or vintage aviators. No matter, at less than a tenner a pop I picked up five pairs in a single shopping trip.
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