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Buenos Aires Shopping Guide: Shop till you Drop!
Buenos Aires Shopping Guide: Shop till you Drop!
This shopping guide describes the top shopping areas in Buenos Aires, where you will find beautiful venues and unique products that cater to all tastes and budgets.
TOP STREET MARKETS IN BUENOS AIRES
Feira de San Telmo
Buy some antiquities at the Market of San Telmo.
Being the largest and most famous artisan market in Buenos Aires, visiting the San Telmo Market on a Sunday should be top of the list of things to do in Buenos Aires for every traveller. The San Telmo Market was originally created in 1970 in Plaza Dorrego and, with more than 270 antique stalls in Plaza Dorrego alone, it is today the largest artisan market in Buenos Aires. With the street market taking place along Defensa St for almost 2kms - from Plaza de Mayo up to Cochabamba St – this is an extensive exhibition of Argentine art and culture: Tango dancers, live musicians, local food, leather goods, handcrafted souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, toys, and many more items designed and created by Argentine artisans. Once the flea market in Plaza Dorrego has died down, you can stay in the square to enjoy a beer in one of the many bars in the area and watch the open-air milonga, enjoying the authentic atmosphere that is exclusive to San Telmo.
San Telmo Market Days & Hours: The flea market in Plaza Dorrego takes place every Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The artisan street market usually ends at around 7pm during the winter and 9pm in summer.
Location: Defensa St: From Plaza de Mayo to Cochabamba St. The antiques and flea market is located in Plaza Dorrego, between Defensa St. and Humberto Primo St.
Feira da Plaza Serrano (Plaza Serrano Market)
Formerly called “Feria Cortazar” this small square in Palermo plays host to a delightful, quirky market on the weekends. Craft vendors traditionally set up their stalls every weekend in the square itself, but the unique aspect of this market is that many of the bars and restaurants that surround Plaza Serrano make space for young urban designers selling an array of hip clothing and trendy accessories, creating a ‘shopping festival’ of modern Argentine creations. Besides the great atmosphere created by the many pubs, cafes and urban designer stores, Plaza Serrano is one of the trendiest places to visit in Buenos Aires at any time of day or night, and is therefore the perfect place for those travellers who enjoy shopping in exclusive boutiques while embracing the charm of Palermo Soho.
Plaza Serrano Market Days & Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 7pm
Location: Honduras St., Serrano St. and Borges St. intersection
Feira de Mataderos
For a taste of gaucho culture, and for those looking for something super authentic, the Mataderos Market is the place to go. The Mataderos Market takes place every Sunday from March through to December in the in the Mataderos neighborhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Every week, gauchos from the areas surrounding Buenos Aires come to the market to provide a taste of gaucho folklore and gaucho traditions to visitors. You´ll also find all sorts of authentic handicrafts and gaucho accessories, such as knifes, leather goods, horse-riding clothes & accessories, as well as a number of local artisans. The market’s location at the far west side of the city somewhat limits its accessibility to tourists, however, if you´re feeling adventurous, the Mataderos Market is accessible by public transport or taxi. If you want to learn more about the history of the market and gaucho traditions, you can also book a private tour.
Mataderos Market Days & Hours: Sundays and certain holidays from 11am to 8pm.
Location: Av. Lisandro de La Torre y Av. de los Corrales (Mercado Nacional de Hacienda)
NB: In the case of rain, the Mataderos Market will be suspended.
Feria de Artesanos da Plaza Francia
Every Saturday and Sunday, Plaza Francia is filled to the brim with hundreds of musicians, street artists, and craftsmen selling a variety of products including pottery, metal, wood and leather goods. You can combine a visit to the Artisan Market in Plaza Francia with several of the surrounding landmarks: Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires Design Centre and Recoleta Cultural Centre, and even stop by Hard Rock Cafe to catch some of the best in Argentine Rock. The fair’s posh location in Recoleta does come at a price though, as the goods are a bit more expensive compared to those at other artisan fairs in the city.
Artisan Market in Plaza Francia Days & Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
Dias e Horários: Sábados e Domingos entre 11h e 20.
Location: Av. Del Libertador, Av. Pueyrredón, Ricardo Levene St. y Luis Agote St.
TOP 6 SHOPPING OUTLETS & OTHER SHOPPING AREAS
- 1. Calle Aguirre Outlets - Villa Crespo
Located in the Villa Crespo neighbourhood (near Palermo Soho), the shopping area around Aguirre St. contains some of the trendiest shopping outlets in Buenos Aires, with international brand names such as Lacoste, Portsaid, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Christian Lacroix, as well as the most famous local brands. Calle Aguirre Outlets in Villa crespo may sit slightly off the beaten path, but it’s easily accessible from subway line B and is only a few blocks’ walking distance from the Avenida Córdoba outlets and Palermo Soho. To top it off, these outlets are open every day including Sundays and they accept credit card, providing you with a smoother and more enjoyable shopping experience.
- 2. Avenida Córdoba Outlets
Discoverlocal brands at affordable prices at the outlets along Avenida Córdoba. This shopping area, which begins at the street’s intersection with Lavalleja St. and continues for ten blocks up to the intersection with Uriarte St, is the perfect choice for travellers looking for a safe shopping environment with reasonably-priced products. As well as Avenida Cordoba outlets, there are regular shops with substantial discounts on many of the same goods that you would find in regular store locations. These shops and outlets are located close to Palermo Soho, so you can top off your shopping trip with a coffee or dinner in one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants in this trendy neighbourhood.
- 3. Palermo Soho
Shoppers in search of the hippest styles will find plenty to choose from in Palermo Soho, which contains a mix of urban and vintage boutiques. The prices for shopping in Palermo Soho District may be higher than in other areas of the city, but the exclusive shops, which feature unique and original designs are perfect for any traveller looking to add stylish garments and accessories to their wardrobe. You´ll also find internationally-recognized designer stores alongside the local boutiques in an attractive area that should be on every traveller’s shopping itinerary.
- 4. Avenida Santa Fé
Probably the largest shopping area in Buenos Aires, Avenida Sante Fe, aka the ‘Avenue of Fashion’, runs from Av. 9 de Julio right up to Av. Scalabrini Ortiz. The 3.5kms of shopping heaven is lined with a number of stores ranging from elegant to edgy. At Santa Fe Avenue shoppers will find clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories that cater to all tastes and budgets, with the most exclusive shops being in the Recoleta neighbourhood and in Palermo. This shopping area also includes the upscale Alto Palermo, one of the city's most well-known department stores, for it contains the majority of Argentina's top chains.
- 5. Calle Florida
Shoppers and people-watchers simply cannot miss out on a walk along the pedestrianized street Calle Florida, located in downtown Buenos Aires. Florida Street is a popular place to buy leather goods and sports equipment from the stores which line both sides side of the street. The famous Galerías Pacífico is also situated here, the upmarket shopping centre that is housed in a remarkable lavish building.
- 6. Bairro Once
The Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Once is a great place for the patient shopper as it requires you to trawl through a lot of junk in order to find quality products, but then again it’s wonderfully cheap. Once is best when you know exactly what you’re looking for, as it is full of calles por rubros, which are whole streets dedicated to certain items such as fabric & textiles, fancy dress costumes, watches and lingerie. It is also a prime spot for wholesale stores. Don’t hesitate to head to Once if you’re looking for great bargains, but keep a close eye on your handbag, because pick-pocketing in this area isn’t uncommon.
TOP 6 SHOPPING MALLS IN BUENOS AIRES
- 1. Abasto Shopping
Located in the neighborhood of Abasto in a restored building from the late 19th century, Abasto Shopping once home to the central wholesale fruit and vegetable market and served as an important regional hub for fresh produce. The area is historically connected to Tango as well, and the shopping centre is located just a few blocks from the house where Tango legend Carlos Gardel was born. Today, his home has been transformed into a museum in his honour, and Tango fanatics can find all sorts of Tango souvenirs and accessories at very affordable prices.
How to get to Abasto Shopping: Located on Avenida Corrientes 3247. Take the subway [Line B - red line] to the stop Carlos Gardel.
- 2. Shopping Alto Palermo
Alto Palermo Shopping, which first opened in 1990, has become the trendiest shopping centre in Buenos Aires due to its proximity to Palermo Soho and Recoleta.
How to get to Alto Palermo Shopping: Located on Avenida Santa Fé 3253. Take the subway [Line D - green line] to the stop Bulnes.
- 3. Shopping Paseo Alcorta
Located in the upscale Palermo Chico neighbourhood, just a few blocks from the Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA), the Paseo Alcorta shopping centre has become a reference point for the latest Argentinean trends. The exclusivity of its stores and its modern design make it an obligatory stop for fashion lovers.
How to get to Paseo Alcorta: Located on Salguero y av. Figueroa Alcorta. Take bus number 67 or 130 until the to Av Figueroa Alcorta and Jeronimo Salguero junction.
- 4. Buenos Aires Design
Just off Plaza Francia in Recoleta, Buenos Aires Design is entirely dedicated to interior design, architecture and household goods with high-end exclusive design stores, where you can find the most innovative and elegant products for your home. After you've shopped your heart out, dine in style at one of the many chic eateries located on the beautiful terrace.
How to get to Buenos Aires Design: Located on Avenida Pueyrredon and Avenida Libertador. Take any of the following buses: 17, 61, 62, 67, 92, 93, 110, 130.
- 5. Shopping Patio Bullrich
Patio Bullrich is probably the most stylish and exclusive shopping centre in Buenos Aires. This beautiful building, designed by the architect Juan Waldorp and built in 1867, was formerly used as an auction house for cattle, thoroughbred horses, and fine art pieces. Now owned by the Bullrich family, this state-of-the-art shopping centre offers a complete and luxurious shopping experience.
How to get to Patio Bullrich: Located in Recoleta it has two entrances: Av. Libertador 750 and Posadas 1245Take any of the following buses: 62, 67, 92, 93, 110, 124, 130.
6. Galerias Pacífico
This popular shopping centre on the pedestrianized street Calle Florida is worth visiting for the building alone. It is a Historical National Monument which continues to dazzle visitors with its artistic architecture and impressive murals, including a spectacular painted ceiling. To shop in style, visit Galerias Pacifico, the most artistic shopping centre in the country!
How to get to Galerias Pacifico: Located in Downtown on the pedestrian Street Florida 737(with Cordoba Ave.) Take the subway [Line B - red line] to the stop Florida.