This is my favourite place to shop. For us locals it's not that cheap, but it is for the tourists.
Most of the shops are for women, and there are some unknown brands as well as famous ones. You'll know which is which because of the prices.
The best brand is COMPLOT (On Cabildo Ave. between Juramento and Mendoza streets). Do visit it, 'cos I'm sure you'll like it unless you dress too plainly. Another good one is MATERIA, on the same block as Complot.
What to buy: Mostly clothes, but also shoes, accesories, underwear and things for the house.
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.
Dulce de Leche is a caramel sauce . Actually it is a soft cream and it is really sweet.
As long as I know it is made out of milk and sugar.
It is the main ingredient in most of Argentinian pastries and cakes. You could also have it spread over bread, like Nutella or with bananas and other fresh fruits for dessert. Or, if you love sweet things as much as I do you can take the spoon and it it from the jar :)))
What to buy: Dulce de Leche has a unique taste, so it is really something worth buying during your stay in Buenos Aires.
What to pay: Shouldn't be more than USD 5 for half a kilo
If you're looking for clothes at low and moderate prices, then these are two streets where you should head for: Santa Fè (in Barrio Norte neighbourhood) and Còrdoba (in Palermo neighbourhood).
Santa Fè is the longest, but it's the nicest of the two. Most of the most important brands are there, as well as not so famous ones. The price usually depends on the quality of the product of course, so don't be tempted by the window price! you should go into every shop that calls your attention and take a look at what they have.
On Còrdoba st. there are many outlet shops, but it's not easy to get nice things and the prices are not so "outlet".
What to buy: Clothes, accesories, shoes, underwear, things for the house, etc.
Musimundo es un megastore donde se puede comprar cd, dvd, libros, computadoras, etc. Estan muy bien organizados y hay muchas sotres en la ciudad.
Este local esta en Av. Santa fe y Av. Callao.
Musimundo is a megastore where he/she can buy himself cd, dvd, books, computers, etc. is very well organized and there is many sotres in the city.
This local this in Av. Santa fe and Av. Callao.
What to buy: Cd, dvd, Juegos de computadoras, etc.
The London Tie shop was located near our hotel Design Suites. (Unfortunately I didn't write down the street.) Although not specifically an Argentine shop, I have to recommend this because we found all manners of ties...funky to conservative styles. Our son needed a tie to match a very unusual shade in a suit. THERE IT WAS--the very color in a display of ties every color of the rainbow in prints,stripes or solids. While we were mentally absorbing all the styles and colors of ties, it began to rain so I bought a super classy umbrella--they came in black, tan or burgundy colors with wood handles. A bit pricey, but..........you guessed it, every time I use it...I think of Buenos Aires.
What to buy: TIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tienda de venta de vinos artesanales y productos envasados, se puede encontrar productos argentinos de muy buena calidad y muy buen precio.
This is a store that sells local wines and other bottled products. There, you
can find high-quality Argentine products at a reasonable price.
What to buy: Vinos, dulces.
When we needed to get some supplies for our room, we simply headed out onto the streets of Buenos Aires to do some shopping in one of the many local Supermarket chains. These stores were also well spread around the city and there was a small one from the 'Disco' chain very close to the Internet cafe that we regularly used.
These stores accept credit cards, although you will need to show them your passport and write it's number on the credit card slip. Also, there are small lockers at the entrance where you are supposed to leave your backpack before entering the store. However, we became regulars so the security guard just waved us through!
What to buy: Our shopping needs were simple, bottles of water (US$0.35), sunblock (US$3.50), package of crackers (US$0.47), package of cheese (US$1.20), bottles of wine (US$3-5) and so on. Very economic shopping indeed!
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.
There certainly was no trouble in finding internet cafes in Buenos Aires to check up on emails from home or to see what was happening on VT or the world news! It seems that every block in the city has one tucked away off the street, and the area near our hotel was no exception.
On our first attempt, we had a problem getting the computer to bring up the programs in English but we soon found another cafe only two blocks from our hotel that worked fine. We ended up using this one daily for our brief updates because we got to know the operators and they got to know us. There was never any waiting for available computers for the two of us, as we would be pointed toward computers # so and so.
The cost was unbelievably low - for about 45 minutes each we had a total cost of US$0.70 on their high-speed machines! Many of these internet cafes are also 'locutorios', containing enclosed booths where you can make telephone calls while a meter totals your running tab. I did not try that in Buenos Aires, but I did use one later in Mendoza and it worked great. Also very cheap to use.
The photo shows the main internet cafe we used, located on Av. Rodrigues Pena near the corner with Gral. J.D. Peron.
On our final afternoon in Argentina, we made a return trip to the historic San Telmo area of Buenos Aires. After an enjoyable lunch in a classic pub, we did some exploring in the area around Plaza Dorrego.
One of the sights we came across was the very nice Galeria el Solar de French on Defensa Street. This Colonial-style building is famous for it's association with one of Argentina's patriots, Patricio Domingo Mariano French, who was born near here in 1774. Domingo French was one of the heroes of the reconquest of Buenos Aires from the British invasion army of 1806.
What to buy: Today, the Galeria French is an upscale and attractive assortment of boutiques, specializing in antique shops and photographic stores depicting life in Sal Telmo in the old days. We had a wander through it's interior walkways and enjoyed it's pleasant decor of plants and open lighting.
If you're looking for a place to shop for gourmet food items, then this is the place. Located in Palermo Chico, I used to stop by this little shop to pick up items I couldn't otherwise find in a grocery store or kiosko.
What to buy: I always pick up a hunk of Argentinian Parmesan, which give anything available in Parma a run for its money. Also available are a great selection of fresh and aged cheeses, sausages and ham and great vartiety of wines. And the prices seem to be quite reasonable
Before any of y'all get the wrong idea about me writing up a clothing store for the fairer sex, the original intent of the photo was a joke. See, a good friend of mine in the States has the last name of Ayres. This shop is located in a fairly decent neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, though not quite as snooty as the Recoleta or the calle Florida.
What to buy: All manner of women's clothes.
What to pay: Judging by the location, I would say that it is on the high-end by Buenos Aires standards, but maybe still a bargain in the eyes of American or European tourists.
Some tips on stuff you can buy on any supermarket or at most "kioscos" (the argentine version of a convenience store), when trying to stuff that backpack for a day trip or a walk around town
What to buy: OK, we've all been in a foreign country, and just pick up some snacks at the supermarket, but don't know what to get because we don't know the brands. Some tips:
- Cookies: If you like Oreos, you may want to try "Melba"s. These are strong chocolate cookies with a creamy center, but not as overpowering as Oreos (I can eat more of them than Oreos for sure). You can also try "Rumba", which are slightly sweeter and mellower. And of course you can find Oreos, but be adventurous for the love of God!
- Wafers: Hands down, "Opera" are the best, lightest wafers around, with a hint of orange in the filling. Warning: you'll eat a pack in no time. If you want a more european wafer (multiple layers of creams, etc) try the "Champagne", which have a two flavor (strawberry-lemon) filling.
- Crackers. There's plenty of good crackers around. For a good fiber boost, get "Cerealitas", a multigrain cracker that goes great with everything from dulce de leche to ham. If you want a regular cracker, similar to a saltine, try "Traviata" or "Criollitas", both of them very good.
- Yogurt: Drinkable yogurts abound. "Entero" means from whole milk, "Descremado" or "light" is made from 2%. A good drinkable yogurt is "Sancor Yogs", which comes in both varieties. "Ser" is another good brand, specializing on "light" products
- Chocolate milk: "Cindor", hands down. You can find it in small bottles or a 1-liter "brick" pack
- Spreadable cheese: Forget about the crummy spreadable cheeses from the US - these are killer. Try the "Tholem", Gruyere flavor on your crackers. Also the Tholem with Queso Azul (blue cheese) is very good
- Salami and other sausages: Salame can be found everywhere and it's usually delicious. Also, if you want a kick of spice to your snack try Longaniza Espanola / Chorizo Colorado, a redder version with plenty of flavor.
What to pay: Everything I mentioned is in the 1-2 pesos per unit at any supermarket (except for the salames, which run around 5-6)
In the neighborhood of Recoleta, one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, is found located Buenos Aires Design, the first one and ONLY shopping entirely dedicated to the design, equipment and decoration of interiors.
What to buy: Equipment to decoration of interiors, etc
What to pay: The most expensive place to buy equipment and decoration of interiors.
Spent three nights there in April 05. My eyes roll to the back of my head when I think of their...more
We stayed at the Four Seasons in BA for a total of 3 nights and then traveled to the "sister" Four...more
I was snookered by the website and photos. The hotel is not what is seems. Its located in Palermo,...more