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    Galerias Pacifico

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    Galerias Pacifico

    One of the most beautiful shopping malls I've ever seen. The original project was designed by architect Argrelo and Le Levacher and was intended to house the Bon Marche stores. The stores were a failure, sold to the British railroad company "Buenos Aires al Pacifico" and in 1946 the galleries were remodeled and renamed Pacifico Galleries. During that decade, the central dome was decorated with superb frescos painted by such famous artists as Antonio Berni and Juan Carlos Castagnino, among others. In 1992, they went through their final remodeling, resulting in todays elegant shopping gallery.

    Open daily from 9am to 11:30pm

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    In Search of A Leather Jacket

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    Argentina is the land of beef so naturally they have some fine leather products. Liz arrived in Buenos Aires on a mission to find herself a leather jacket. We had gotten some suggestions from people and headed to Florida Street. We entered on shop and were immediately helped. Dozens of jackets were brought out for Liz to sample. After some time the salesman found the perfect jacket for Liz and her search was over. The design and quality of the jacket was excellent.

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    Let's go shopping

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 9, 2008

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    Florida by night - Galeria Pacifico
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    With Plaza de Mayo at one end and Plaza San Martin at the other, calle Florida is 10 blocks of virtually solid shopping. More High Street that Bond Street or Fifth Avenue these days, there was a time when it was the most elegant street in Buenos Aires. Shades of that elegance can be found in the splendidly refurbished Galeria Pacifico and restoration on the Galeria Guemes further towards Plaza de Mayo promises to return this once-grand arcade to its former glory. Sadly, attempts at reviving the fortune of Harrods seem doomed to fail and on MrL's recent visit just a few weeks ago its doors were shut again.

    With its central flower and newspaper kiosks, mix of shops, constant streams of shoppers and tango-dancing buskers it's a lively place from mid-morning until the shops close late in the evening, somewhere you'll probably find yourself coming back to more than once during your stay in the city. Looking up will pay dividends too - the facades and doorways of some of the buildings are quite marvellous.

    The Plaza de Mayo end of the street is mostly bookshops, fast food outlets and the cheaper end of the market. The closer you get to Plaza San Martin, the more upmarket the shops become. You'll also find tourist-oriented shops full of leather, jewellery and kitsch objets carved from semi-precious stone up at this end too.

    Venture into the arcades at this "top' end and you'll find some interesting antiques shops, down near Plaza de Mayo you're more likely to find mobile phone fixers and cheap CDs.

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    ¿Cuánto cuesta?

    by Marcos_BA Written Feb 2, 2004

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    Abasto shopping center

    Shopping is a fascinating thing in Buenos Aires. Especially for you foreigners that have US dollars. With the devaluation of the peso in 2002, our currency went from 1 peso per dollar to 2.89. This means all is very very cheap for European or North American standards. You will find lots of Chileans coming to Buenos Aires just for shopping. You only have to memorize one phrase: "¿Cuánto cuesta?", which means in Spanish "How much is it?"

    There are several shopping malls in the city. The nicest one (my opinion) is Patio Bullrich, Libertador Avenue between Libertad and Montevideo streets, in Recoleta.

    Each mall has lots of stores, a food court and cinemas. Other are Abasto, Alto Palermo, Buenos Aires Design Center (although this one has things for your house mostly), Galerías Pacífico and Paseo Alcorta.

    Regarding markets, you may find some nice things, but prices are very high if you compare with other places.

    There are a few very big shopping streets in Buenos Aires. The more fashionable are Callao and Santa Fe avenues, but you may some good stuff in Florida and Lavalle streets.

    A bit of history: Florida used to be Buenos Aires's commercial place for excellent during years. In front of the Galerías Pacífico (corner of Florida and Córdoba Avenue) you'll find an old building saying "Harrod's". Buenos Aires's Harrod's was the only branch of Harrod's of London worldwide! It then closed, but there are plans about reopening.

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    The most elegant area in Buenos Aires

    by sof76 Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    This Avenue is where you can find the best shops in Buenos Aires, but they are most expensive than average... You can find Armani, Ralph Laureen & Christian Dior... among others. You can also find lot's of Art galleries here.
    Some days almost every month they do and art night and they offer champagne and they are open all night long...

    El area mas elegante de Buenos Aires
    En esta avenida se pueden encontrar los mejores negocios de Buenos Aires, pero son mas caros que el promedio.
    Algunos de estos negocios son: Imperio Armani, Ralph Laurean y Christian Dior entre otros.
    Algunos dias, casi todos los meses, se hace una noche de arte en esta Avenida donde se exponen obras de arte durante toda la noche y los negocios convidan champagne.

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    Galeria Pacifico Shopping

    by wadekorzan Written Apr 25, 2003

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    Galerias Pacifico Shopping

    The main pedestrian streets in Buenos Aires are located in the center of the city. They are called Florida and Lavalle. Near the beginning of Florida shopping street near the Plaza San Martin, you will find the Galerias Pacifico shopping center. The building itself is over 100 years old and has a long history, and inside you will find beautifully restored murals which you shouldn't miss. When you walk into the shopping center and go straight ahead, you will see a little information booth on the left before the stairs. They have little brochures for free with the history of the murals and of the building itself. There are many shops in the shopping center, but prices here are a little higher than you would find in the other shopping centers of Buenos Aires. Still, by most standards, prices are cheap due to the currency exchange rate. Downstairs in the shopping center, there is a food court, and often in the afternoon they have scheduled tango dancing going on. Outside the main entrance of the shopping center, on Florida street, they are also often dancing tango, which is great to see. If you take pictures, they expect a tip. Also, watch the pickpockets right outside while watching the tango!

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    Galerias Pacifico - Centro Cultural Borges

    by sof76 Updated Sep 9, 2005

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    In general I don't like shoppings, but this one is special cause it has a cultural center inside (Centro Cultural Borges)!

    En general no me gustan los shoppings, pero éste es especial, ya que dentro se encuentra un centro Cultural (el Borges)!

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    Gallerias Pacifico

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Gallerias Pacifico

    The most central mall in the city centre with its beautiful murals by Argentine artists and classic architecture. The shopping mall mainly has Argentine and International designer shops but has a wonderful food court with a choice of food vendors at reasonable prices.

    I just spent my visits to the shopping mall at the food court where I visited Freddo Icecream Cafe and Abuela Goya Chocolate shop/cafe.

    There is the Centro Cultural at the top and most services that a shopping mall offers.

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    Galerias Pacifico

    by pili Updated Jun 30, 2003

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    Galer��as Pac��fico

    This mall is an antique and beautiful building where you can admire frescos painted by famous Argentine artists as Berni, Spilimbergo and Castagnino, between others.-
    This building has over 180 stores featuring the best local and international brands.-

    Este mall es un antiguo y bello edificio donde se pueden admirar frescos de famosos pintores argentinos como Berni, Spilimbergo y Castagnino, entre otros.
    Allí tienen sus locales más de 180 negocios pertenecientes a las mejores marcas locales e internacionales.

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    Buenos Aires Design

    by pili Updated Jun 30, 2003

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    Buenos Aires Design

    This is a modern commercial center specialized in architecture, design and decoration. In its large esplanade, you can find excellent restaurants, with a great diversity of specialities.-

    Este es un moderno centro comercial dedicado especialmente a la arquitectura, el diseño y la decoración. En su larga explanada se encuentran muchos excelentes restaurantes, con variadas especialidades

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  • Leather and Fur Shopping on Famous Florida Street!

    by Lusine1483 Written Jun 24, 2009

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    One thing every tourist in Argentina has to do is purchase a leather jacket, especially when visiting Buenos Aires! There is a famous street there called Florida and it is lined on both sides with stores featuring beautiful leather items from purses, jackets, to furs. The street consists mostly of tourists and also has lots of great places to eat on the sidestreets after each block. I was just there a few months ago and I loved it there! My one advice is not to shop at the first store you enter, and especially not the larger ones. They have items that are pretty expensive and the service is somewhat impersonal. Its much better to go to the smaller stores because the items have better quality, and a much better price (not to mention the better service).

    One place I really liked was a small store called Luxor Leathers and Furs located inside a Galeria on Florida 835. It was at the corner of Cordoba and Florida. I don't speak Spanish very well and the owner there named Ludo helped me choose what I want and gave me a great deal all in English. They had a big selection and also had really nice fur items. I am glad I didn't buy it from the larger store I had seen the jacket at earlier because he gave me a much cheaper deal. Also, he was nice enough to suggest a great place to eat just a few blocks down. He also knows all the great night attractions for the younger crowd so don't hesitate to ask!

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    Outdoor crafts market at La Recoleta

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 7, 2007

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    windchimes for sale at the Recoleta market

    On weekends the grounds near the entrance to the Recoleta cemetery fill with dozens, probably hundreds of booths selling a wide variety of arts and crafts items: paintings, jewelry, leather goods, handbags, etc. There is a lot to see here, so plan your time accordingly.

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    Galleries Pacifico

    by iam1wthee Written Mar 31, 2004

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    I would not shop in here because you can find things cheaper in other stores nearby. On weekends they do have free tango, folkloric shows though. There is also a small museum gallery on the second floor as well as a movie theatre.

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    Plenty Of options in Town

    by venteeocho Written Apr 18, 2003

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    ALTO PALERMO
    av. santa fe 3251 in palermo neighborhood with 65000m2,
    have more than 180 comercial local
    2 movies theathers, travel agency
    many restaurants
    PASEO ALCORTA
    av figueroa alcorta corner salguero
    four level
    with the best marks
    and 4 movies theathers
    PATIO BULLRICH
    posadas 1269
    very sophisticate, in a posh
    area of the city

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    BUENOS AIRES: ABASTO, GARDEL, FILETEADO

    by swesn Written Nov 10, 2006
    House with fileteado design

    Near Abasto Shopping Mall, the huge mall converted from a fruit and vegetable market, you can find the area where Carlos Gardel (known as El Morocho del Abasto) lived most of his life.

    There is a statue of Gardel and some touristy stores selling tango souvenirs, as expected. There is a street named 'Gardel' as well. And this is my favourite part, try and wander around this place until you find the houses with the fileteado designs.

    This design is a kind of artistic drawing, with stylised lines and flowered, climbing plants that used to be very popular in Buenos Aires where it was used to adorn signs, shelves, buses, etc... Now, it seemed to be a dying art.

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