Shopping in Buenos Aires
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From handicrafts made by local artisans to the most chic international name brand items, Buenos Aires can be a shopper’s paradise with quality goods at inexpensive prices.
Shopping areas are as varied as the items for sale. You can walk along cobblestone streets browsing for antique collectibles in San Telmo and minutes later find yourself in one of several modern shopping malls trying on the latest fashions.
Calle Florida/Calle Lavalle – Centro (downtown)
These two intersecting pedestrian walkways are lined with a variety of shops, mainly clothing and shoe stores and leather good shops.
Avenida Santa Fe – Palermo and Recoleta
This long avenue starts in Palermo and extends itself to Recoleta with an array of fashionable and elegant shops and restaurants. Local boutiques and top national and international brand-name stores can be found here.
Avenida Alvear and Quintana - Recoleta
Located in the most distinquished neighborhood of Buenos Aires, these avenues are home to the most exclusive internationally famous brand-name stores.
Palermo Viejo & Palermo Soho
Walking along the tree-lined streets you can find vanguard creations designed by local fashion designers and interior decorators.
This historic district with cobblestone streets and colonial buildings is best known for its abundance of antiques, particularly along Defensa street which turns into a pedestrian walkway on Sundays.
The English verb, “shopping”, is used in Argentina as a noun. Therefore, the equivalent of “the shopping mall” is “el shopping”.
Abasto Shopping – Corrientes 3247, Abasto
The facade of this mall (formerly a wholesale produce market) is one of the city’s architectural landmarks. The Abasto today contains over 250 shops, 12 movie theaters, an interactive educational museum, an amusement park and a large food court.
Alto Palermo Shopping – Avenida Santa Fe 3253, Palermo
This mall is a favorite amongst young shoppers looking for alternative, trendy national and international brands. Shopping is spread over five floors and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Buenos Aires Design – Avenida del Libertador and Pueyrredón, Recoleta
This mall specializes in interior design, home decor and furnishings.
El Solar de Abadia Shopping – Avenida Luis Maria Campos 940, Las Cañitas
An original and exclusive alternative, this mall features clothing stores, restaurants and movie theaters.
Galerías Pacífico –Florida and Avenida Cordoba, Centro (downtown)
This beautifully restored late 19th century building greets you with an impressive fresco painted dome ceiling in its center. You can find famous name brands and local shops of all sorts.
Paseo Alcorta – Salguero 3172, Palermo
Located in the elegant Palermo Chico neighborhood, a few blocks from the MALBA art museum, this mall has a good selection of exclusive shops and a food court on the top floor with panoramic views of the area and the Rio de la Plata.
Patio Bullrich – 700 block of Avenida del Libertador, Recoleta
This elegant historic building (once an auction house for collectibles, live cattle and horses) is Buenos Aires’ oldest and most luxurious shopping mall with many top end boutiques and specialty shops.
Artisans set up shop in numerous spots throughout the city; however, there are some official ferias (artisan fairs) that operate on a weekly basis.
Feria de Mataderos - Lisandro de la Torre & Avenida de los Corrales, Mataderos
Days and Times: Janury – March: Saturdays, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
April – December: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
This fair has a distinctive country style where you can taste regional Argentine dishes, see gauchos in full regalia and enjoy Argentine folclore (folk music and dance).
Feria Plaza Francia - Avenida del Libertador and Pueyrredón, Recoleta
Days and Times: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Artisans display and sell handbags, jewelry, wooden sculptures, paintings, mate gourds, leather goods and many other items.
Feria San Pedro Telmo – Plaza Dorrego and Pasaje Guiffra, San Telmo
Days and Times: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Antiques, collectibles, and tango memorabilia are the highlights of this fair; however, leather and wood handicrafts, paintings, photography and woolens are also for sale.
Check for more tips in this Buenos Aires travel guide.