La feria de La Recoleta: Sunday afternoon
On Sunday afternoon, at Recoleta district, there is a bustling, colourful, vibrant open market.
Los domingos pr la tarde, en el barrio de Recoleta, hay un mercado abierto bullicioso, colorido, vibrante.
What to buy: All kind of handicrafts: wood, wool, leather, stones, paper, cardboard, cane... everything is useful for a creative artisan.
Todo tipo de artesanías: madera, lana, cuero, piedras, papel, cartón, caña... todo es útil para un artesano creativo.
La Feria de San Telmo: Antiques & Crafts
Every Sunday, at Plaza Dorrego (Dorrego Square), San Telmo, an open market takes place. More than a shopping tip, it is a must.
Cada domingo, en Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo, tiene lugar una feria o mercado abierto. Más que un consejo de compras, es una actividad obligada.
What to buy: There, you can find almost everything, but mainly antiques and handicrafts.
Allí pueden encontrar prácticamente de todo, pero principalemente antigüedades y artesanías.
Havanna is the name of a chain of nice and cozy coffe houses and delicacy shops. You can find them everywhere in Argentina, and Buenos Aires is not the exception.
Havanna es el nombre de una cadena de acogedoras y coquetas cafeterías y tiendas de golosinas. Pueden encontrarlas en cualquier parte de la Argentina, y Buenos Aires no es la excepción.
What to buy: Chocolates, cookies, alfajores... I especially recommend the "Havannets"... Wow!!!!
Chocolates, galletitas, alfajores... Recomiendo especialmente los "Havannets"... ¡¡¡Guau!!!!
What to pay: Your soul
Avenida Santa Fe: Walk down Avenida Santa Fe for great shopping
One of my favorite areas to both shop and window-shop in Buenos Aires is Avenida Santa Fe, the wide avenue that goes all the way from Palermo to Plaza San Martin.
Since the avenue is that long, however, let me ellaborate. When you start from Plaza San Martin (where the Marriott is and Florida starts), you won't see much until reaching 9 de Julio. Don't let yourself be fooled by this, cross 9 de Julio or you'll miss the best part!
The best shopping is probably between the 9 de Julio and Callao avenues. This area is more leisurely, and mostly concentrates on clothing stores, some home furnishing stores, the excellent "Plata Lappas" where you can buy high end silver items, and bookstores. Cafes in many of the corners allow you to stop for a pastry and coffee as you walk up and down. There is a good mix of big brand shops and small boutiques. Also, make sure you make it into the Galerias (especially in the 3 blocks closer to Callao) where you can find some hidden gems. This whole area is about 8 blocks long, with shops on both sides.
Once you pass Callao, the area between Callo and Pueyrredon avenues is a bit more chaotic, especially for the presence of movie theathers, discount shops, etc. Still it's interesting to walk for some local color. This is about a 10 block span.
Once you pass Pueyrredon, it gets very neighbourhood-centric, with not so many shops until you reach the Alto Palermo Shopping center. If you want to go to Alto Palermo from downtown though, I would recommend to take the subway, since it's quite a walk.
What to buy: Very varied offerings on this avenue. Some of the best men's clothing stores are between Callao and Nueve de Julio
What to pay: Check the windows!Related to:
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Galeria Bond Street: Go to Shopping IV
Referring of the under of buenos aires, the gallery Bond Street became the point of encounter of diverse cultures. In her live together the skaters, the Gothic, the hardcore and all curious, in the most absolute one of the respects. That is the style Bond Street.
What to buy: In Bonds Street Gallery you can buy.....since a pair of eye-glasses to a pircing in the tongue...It is one of those places that one enters and your eyes can't see all the things in the same time.....all that you can imagine, you can buy there, hoops of all types, tatoo, shoes, clothes, etc...really is very funny...and...well...I usually go there..
What to pay: For us is more expensive than others places, but....you know, for you is so cheap!Related to:
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Various: La Boca
In La Boca you'll find all sorts of shops selling every kind of souvenir you can imagine as well as some interesting antiques and local crafts. If you're looking for some good tango music CDs this is a great place for that as well. Want some merchandise from the city's most famous soccer club? Head over to the Estadio de Boca Juniors, the stadium where La Boca Juniors play and you can get it all (pick me up a poster of Diego Maradona scoring his "hand of God" goal!).
Buenos Aires Design Center: Cool designs
This mall near the cemetery in La Recoleta is really cool. The whole place has a design theme so everything inside is very interesting and unique. You'll find everything from interesting kitchen equipment to unique plates to amazing tubs for your bathroom. It's really a fun place to browse.
Airport Duty Free: Grabbing some more wine.....
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.
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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.
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San Telmo Market: Daily covered market in San Telmo
Although I wouldn't visit San Telmo just for the purpose of seeing this market, should you happen to be in the area it's worth a visit to look around even if just for the ornate wrought iron interior. There wasn't much activity on a Thursday afternoon, but most of the antique vendors were open and some of the produce sellers. We browsed around for a bit but there was nothing that I just had to have.
Felix: Funky Men's clothing
Felix is a cool, funky boutique in Palermo Viejo, where most of the young up and coming designers have their shops. You won't find this stuff anywhere else but here. The style is very funky, with unique patterns and styles. And not too expensive. Shirts are about $35US and pants are about $40US. Really nice stuff. Check it out.
What to pay: $30-40 shirts
All over: Street stuff
What to buy: You can find many things for sale on the streets of Buenos Aires. These paintings were being sold on El Caminito, the main street in La Boca, but keep your eyes open as you walk around town and you'll find some other interesting things for sale.
The good thing about markets in Buenos Aires is that all the craft sold there was made by hand. These are made of different materials such as leather, glass, clay, and even dried orange peel!
The best markets are located in Plaza Francia (Recoleta area) and in Belgrano neighbourhood (Juramento and Vuelta de Obigado streets). Both are open on Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays.
Recoleta Village: La Recoleta
Just across from the cemetery on Vincente Lopez you'll find this shopping mall that has an excellent bookshop as well as some other small shops. There are some good restaurants here as well as a movie theater and a Tower Records.
Musimundo: Music Matters
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.
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