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“If you're not an ironically bourgeois older woman, this is not for you”

La Pasionaria, universo creativo
Ranked #10 of 41 Shopping in Montevideo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Young uruguayan design and original art&crafts. The best shop in Montevideo to buy your gifts. Also you can have lunch, drink coffee with a delicious cake while you enjoy a book. You must visit the second floor and come by our art gallery and boutique, where you will find trendy fashion garments and accesories.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My girlfriend and I were eager to visit this after reading its positive reviews. We were disappointed with the tension offered by a shop for local art. On the first floor there were two rooms: a cafe and a gift shop. In the cafe was a tribe of elderly women meeting for their knitting club, supervised by a lifelessly bored waiter. The gift shop was manned by a very friendly young woman who explained some of the unique items to us, such as wallets and bags made of reused Uruguayan tires, and novelty wool items for children. The prices seemed what one would expect from such a shop. Needless to say, nothing was bought. We were also flooded with questions about where we are from, despite our ability to speak Spanish.

We were assured by a very composed older woman that the clothing boutique upstairs would have people in it who speak English. When we walked up the outdoor stairway that is beautifully covered with overgrowth, we accidentally attracted the attention of a young woman sitting in another room using a computer, working on some graphic design. She came over hurriedly and watched us as we examined the items available for sale to an elite class of quirkiness enthusiasts. There were handmade jackets and dresses with outlandish irregular designs, mostly things for runway use. The overall craftsmanship was impressive, but the fruits of their labor were rather sour... and priced at over 200 US$.

Overall we were entertained for a good twenty minutes, but then again, finding this place was a much more rewarding adventure. For those wanting to make a handsome donation to local artists, this is your destination.
P.S. If the width of your body exceeds a foot and a half, you won't be able to enter the tiny doorway that is the entrance for all aspects of La Pasionaria.

3  Thank Gregor W
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

La Pasionaria is a small but charming hand-made crafts shop that shares the space with Doméstico, one of the best restaurants in Montevideo, on Reconquista 587, just a block away from the Rambla, and two blocks from the main pedestrian street in the Old City. You have to look for it, because it may not be on the usual visitor itinerary. All items are from local artists, and each piece has been crafted with much skill and love for the trade. Designs are delicate an colorful, ideal for a high-quality gift.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

A very charming place with pieces of art from local artists, nice clothes and jewelery from local designers, a small library and a good restaurant with great food. It's worth to spend an evening in.

1  Thank Janaglo
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

I visited La Pasionaria, a design boutique and cafe, in Montevideo, Uruguay, on the recommendation of an artist friend who lives there. It was a wonderful experience. If you want to support young designers in Uruguay, this is a great place to go. The staff is more than courteous—they are extraordinarily friendly and helpful.

Downstairs is a little cafe here we had great soup and salad. Also on the ground level is a shop with Uruguayan design. Upstairs is a small shop that shows the best of young fashion designers in Uruguay. I even met one of the fashion designers at a performance at the Theatre Solis a few days later. She recognized the cape I was wearing as one of hers! It's a small country.

The staff at La Pasionaria told us that they try to partner with young designers to make it possible to get their products to market.

La Pasionaria is a little off the beaten tourist track, but well worth a visit. At La Pasionaria you will find things a cut above the usual cow horn and leather souvenirs that you find at the local craft markets. And, your purchases will be helping to support young designers in Uruguay.

1  Thank Lyndel K
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This nice shop has a carefully selected choice of items in price ranges from nick nack for a few dollars to handicraft in the 10-30 USD range to beautiful and original art pieces made in Uruguay for several hundred dollars. I usually don't shop for souvenirs at all, but here I bought some beautiful and unique ceramic cups (in Raku technique) from a local artist (at just 20 USD per cup a steal!) and probably will be back for that colorful wooden horse (also from a local artist). A nice way to spend an hour and walking away with some souvenirs that you will actually keep as opposed to the stuff that one buys only to wonder later at home what the heck one was thinking buying that awful thing in the first place. I haven't seen a shop with similar quality items anywhere else in Montevideo.
Also, nice, knowledgeable shop attendant who speaks perfect English if needed.

1  Thank SwissMatt_13
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