VAT refund: Before you buy!
Tax in BsAs is pretty steep - about 16%. If you want to get a refund back when you leave, make sure you get the full lowdown at a customs kiosk at the airport BEFORE you start shopping in town. You have to make sure the store clerks give you the correct form and stamp WITH your regular receipt.. ask twice... they might try to say a simple receipt is enough (it's not)
What to pay: I think it is good for any item over $100 USD
shops of Palermo Viejo: "Soho" of Bueno Aires
The Palermo Viejo neighborhood, sometimes called Palermo Hollywood, has about a hundred cool shops -housewares, art, clothes and accessories, kids stuff, books. Also, a lot of great places to eat and drink. The city puts out a very useful and cool map with about 200 places marked - ask for it in almost any shop.
What to buy: clothes by young designers, great stuff for the home, unique gifts.
Candida Silva Antiguedades: Colonial Religious Art
This antique shop is tucked at the end of a shopping pavillion in San Telmo (not as bad as it sounds). They have an extensive collection of XVII and XVIII c. Spanish colonial art and silver, mostly religious themed. The dealers are happy to spend time and tell you about the items, certificates of authenticity are availbale - but make sure you ask for them. They are open to discussing price breaks if you pay in cash. A great place to browse or buy.
What to buy: devotional objects from the Jesuit missions in northern Argentina.
What to pay: $300-$1000
Along the way you will view the excellence in design and building of the different residences and small palaces that survived the town-planning changes.
The most exclusive representatives of haute couture are on this avenue, maisons such as Versace, Nina Ricci, Prada, Louis Vuitton. Also along the avenue are fine jewelries, shoe stores, and leather garment stores.
Open Hours: 24 hrs
Best Shopping Malls
If you're on a shopping tour taking advantage of Argentina's low prices after devaluation go to the following malls:
1. Patio Bullrich: small but very sophisticated. The best brands are here. Not the cheapest one, of course.
2. Paseo Alcorta: 10' north of the typical hotel area. Large and great place to do shopping. Ideal to combine a visit to the Malba museum which is 1 block apart
3. Unicenter Shopping: 30' north, over the Panamericana hwy. Combine with a visit to the San Isidro neighborhood or Tigre area.
What to buy: Everything you may need
What to pay: Request the VAT exemption for tourists (21%)
Cuspide Libros: b1bob's Buenos Aires Shopping tip nº 6
Cuspide Libros is an Argentine chain book store rather like their Barnes & Noble.
What to buy: I bought a cookbook for my mama called "La cocina Argentina" (Argentine cooking for those of y'all in Roxboro.) It is in Spanish, so I have to translate it.
Abasto: b1bob's Buenos Aires shopping tip nº2
We went to this shopping centre called Abasto whose name means, appropriately enough, "supply" or "abundance". This shopping centre- once a railroad station (The cavernous ceilings are somewhat reminiscent of Philadelphia's 30th Street station.)- is a lot like the Galerias Pacifico, but much further away. I had bought all I wanted anyhow- some t-shirts for me, some WHATNOTS (miscellaneous little things) for Mama, and even a shot glass for daddy. Alex wanted a drink, but I didn't care for one at that time. Alex had me try this thing called CHIPÁ (balls of cheese bread not much different in flavour to the Brazilian "pões de queijo" or "cheese breads" for those of y'all in Roxboro).
What to buy: You can find nearly anything here. Among the key tenants is a grocery and record store.
What to pay: With a mall this size, various price ranges are accommodated.
Alto Palermo Shopping
I dont like shoppings neither going on shopping... But I'll give you a brief description of the shoppings we have in buenos Aires.
Alto Palermo it's a shopping in Palermo. There you can buy almost everything.
Prices arent the lowest...
All Buenos Aires shops: Shopping is Great!
I spent sooooo many dollars here. I bought many tango memorabilia including photos and sidewalk art in La Boca and several wood animals carvings and wind chimes. Due to the peso devaluation, everything is very reasonable and high quality.
What to buy: Tango memorabilia in La Boca, Argentina indigenous crafts. I bought several Penguin statues. Wall hangings. Wind chimes. The Mendoza wines are highly rated.
What to pay: Depends on your budget. Prices vary according to quality as anywhere you shop. In general, everything is very reasonable and good quality due to the peso devaluation.
Regionales La Rueda: b1bob's Buenos Aires shopping tip nº4
A small, friendly gift shop on the calle Paraguay (near the Avda. de la Florida) of Buenos Aires.
What to buy: All manner of gifts are available. I bought my mama a Christmas ornament.
What to pay: The prices are very reasonable.
Buenos Aires Design: Buenos Aires design
All kinds of design stuff you could think of in this mall. Also a Hard Rock Cafe and many nice restaurants outdoors.
Mercado San Telmo 1897: Old Market in San Telmo
An old market with two parts:
One working like the original market (mainly food), the another one with antiquities and gifts, books and stamps.
What to buy: AntiquitiesRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
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