If you need to have a souvenir that deals specifically with Eva Peron (Evita) well now you can!
Surprisingly, most of the souvenir stores in Buenos Aires have very little about Evita.
Nora Iniesta is an artist and she produces paintings and other media. You can have some neat things about Evita or more traditional Argentine topics.
Her boutique is by appointment only, so you can imagine it will be somewhat pricey
Nobrand is a design company based in Buenos Aires. The company started in 2003 developing the urban icons of the Idarg project, and transforming them into products (objects, accessories and apparel). Idarg, which means Argentinean Identity, is an iconography developed by Graphic Designers Hernán Berdichevsky and Gustavo Stecher that rebrands and represents the country’s historical events, art, geography, cuisine and traditions. It’s a new symbolism for Argentina, and the designers have embodied those icons into an international line of clean design products.
What to buy: books, mate, cloths
I bought this wine in a wine store downtown.
What to buy: A super good wine, so good I took the empty bottle home just to take donw the details of the label.
Lagarde Cabernet Sauvignon 1990, Lujàn de Cuyo, Mendoza.
Citadelles D'or Grand Prix D'Honneur.
Organically grown grapes.
Not to be missed!
What to pay: Expensive, but not extremely
The corner of Avenida Callao and Avenida Corrientes, a traditional meeting point for the bohemia and just about anyone interested in the arts, is dominated by the white façade of Zival's, the most famous tango music shop in the world. Although Corrientes is lined with book and music shops, the shop stands out for its excellent selection and good organization.
It is especially strong on Latin American music, everything from Mexican ranchera, Cuban salsa, Colombian cumbia to Chilean folk music, and has the most extensive list of tango (the wide variety of tango styles) and other Argentine music. Books are available as well, mostly music, photography and art related, and it offers the greatest selection of tango DVDs. Zival's has the widest tango and Argentine music CDs and DVDs catalogue online; they ship worldwide.
I had a long list of music that I wanted to buy, especially the old tango recordings, and very much enjoyed browsing through the shop's collection. There are listening stations and the staff was helpful as well. As I was getting more titles from my Argentine friends, I had to return several times.
It is open Mon-Sat 9:30am-10pm.
What to buy: tango music CDs and DVDs as well other Latin American music styles; books about music photography and art
What to pay: it depends on the title, but generally CDs and books are quite affordable in Argentina :)
It's the Virgin Megastore/HMV/fnac of Argentina - the stores stock books, dvds, fairly cheap electronic equipment (including some very cheap unknown brand portable cd players), concert tickets and lots and lots of cds.
If you want a chance to browse and sample some of the latest S American groups head over to their flagship store on Avenida Santa Fe where there are several listen pods set up - or you can take a cd to the desk and ask the assistant to play it to you.
If you are carrying a bag and the security guard starts waving at you it's because you'll have to stick in in a locker which needs a 1 peso coin - you'll get it back afterwards.
The exchange rate means you can get some real bargains (I bought 28 cds here including lots of British bands as well as some Argentinian discoveries) so best take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts.
This shopping mall is located in Recoleta, one of the trendiest areas in Buenos Aires.
It is entirely devoted to interior design. It is a favourite spot for tourists and is surrounded by an enormous park, some museums, fairs, and cultural centres.
Sixty stores are spread over two stories and feature leading design firms. A spectacular veranda is onsite as well as numerous restaurants ranging from a traditional criollo barbecue restaurant to a branch of the Hard Rock Café.
This is a popular market set in the center of Palermo Soho area. Its a fun bustling market where venders set up at around noon to sell their wares. There are some leather goods and jewellery , scarves and shawls . None are high qaulity but I did manage to get a pair of handmade , interesting earrings for 15 pesos.
There are lots of shops leading to the area that are also worth exploring too.
When in Buenos Aires I can say I always come here for my wine needs. This last trip I had to buy some from the duty free shop at EZE due to the carry on regulations but I usually try to get what I need here.
Alex is a very good person to come see for this. He will take the time to help you find what best suits your needs and tastes and is quite well informed on the ins and outs of getting you and wine together both there and at home.
Each year during Cow Do he also hosts a charity wine tasting where all the proceeds go to a local hospital.
What to buy: On my last trip we carried off 18 bottles of wine from Alex; some reds, whites and sparkling. We also purchased some bottles to keep in the apartment during our trip and some sparkling to take to the Falls later in the trip.
This street has alot of shops that specialize in leather clothing, the variety and prices are much better than florida ave... Shops close early though i think around 7pm
What to buy: wallets/belts/gloves... any leather accessory
After gettuing back some money from our purchases in Buenos Aires we has some pesos left to spend and decided to bring home a few more bottles of wine. So in addition to our purchases from ALex at Terroir we had another six bottles of wine to return home with.
Ferni likes "manery" which is man jewelry and has some really nice bracelets and chains so whenever we travel, he likes to pick up some unique looking pieces and here on Florida Street we found exactly that.
We were coming back from dinner at Los Immortales and we decided to walk along Florida Street where there were street vendors lined up selling all sorts of stuff, from scarves to hair accessories, to purses and of course jewelry.
One particular guy was making leather cuff bracelets which had some sort of silver design making them quite attractive and unique. Ferni had to have one and after trying on a few, settled on a nice black leather cuff bracelet which he totally loves (lol).
What to buy: The vendors sell all sorts of things at really good prices. Ferni picked up a leather cuff bracelet for about $20 pesos.
What to pay: Ferni paid $20 pesos for a leather cuff bracelet.
Between us both we had quite a few hundred pesos left over when we arrived at the airport. We thought we would have time to grab a decent bit to eat, but because we were delayed due to traffic we barely had an hour before our flight was scheduled to leave so we decided to spend that money in the duty free shop instead.
I definitely should have spent the other $200 pesos on some more wine, but we had already more than 18 bottles (checked) and I wasn't sure how many more bottles we could each take. At this point I figured, well, it is checked, so shouldn't really make a difference and we bought another 8 bottles between us.
The prices of the wine were quite good and well worth spending those extra pesos on!! The process is quite easy, you purchase your wine and you are given your receipt and the wine is delivered to the gate and as you board your flight you pick up your bag.
What to buy: Wine of course, I have to check my wine fridge to see what wines I purchased at the Duty Free, but I do believe they were mostly Malbecs
We had passed this store many times to and from our hotel and I deciced I would walk in when I was ready to do some shopping to pick up a pair of sandals for Kristara.
Because it was summer in Buenos Aires, everyone was wearing sandals and open toe shoes, and I happen to see all the young girls with these new gladiator style sandals which wrapped around the ankle in all sorts of colors.
The store had some sort of sale going on and the color and sizes where limited, but I spotted a nice pair of silver sandals that I thought Kristara would love and decided to check them out.
I walked in the store and the sales guy was very friendly, he told me which colors he had in her size and brought them all out for me to see which I wanted.
I decided on a nice pair of silver thong, ankle wrap for Kristara and a pair of aqua blue for me. I also found a really nice size leather messenger bag for walking around the city.
What to buy: I purchased two pair of sandals at $79 pesos and my bag was $109 pesos, a total bargain.
A friend and member of another website is the proprietor of this wine shop and during my last visit I sent him an email to see if he was around so he can assist me in narrowing down my Argentinian wines.
Alex was away during my visit but he quickly suggested three different categories of wines for me to choose from ranging from $300 pesos to $450 pesos (for six bottles). We looked over our list and made our choices of 12 different wines.
The best part about buying my wines here is that Alex made sure to package my wines for easy transport back home and they even delivered the large packaged box to our hotel.
I would definitely recommend Terrior to any one visiting Buenos Aires and if you need more information, please contact me.
What to buy: A large variety of red, white and rose wines as well as sparkling wine (not Champagne, that is only made in France, lol).
What to pay: The prices are quite comparable to other places that sell wine and you can pick up an excellent Argentinian Malbec for about $14 (US).
This is the best new shoe store in BA fantastic design and comfort
Terán, la firma de calzado masculino de lujo, abrió las puertas de su primera tienda en Buenos Aires. Con un concepto innovador, el espacio fue concebido para un hombre moderno, amante de la perfección. La nueva colección incluye, en sus distintas líneas, zapatos acordonados en charol, botinetas de punta alargada y botas de media caña; ideales para sorprender a los papás. Thames 1863.
What to buy: shoes shoes and more shoes
What to pay: very good value
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