Shopping, Buenos Aires
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
All over Buenos Aires we saw some wonderful Wine Stores . We are heartbroken that we cant bring more home .We did however enjoy the wine tastings. As we strolled around the shopping area of Palermo we were invited to come in and try a couple of very excellent wines .One was a Malmec called Gran Malbec De Angeles. It is a high end wine selling for 250 pesos...over our budget but great to have a very generous sample for free.
Downtown Buenos Aires is like many of the neighborhoods of the capital city, bustling with people, constantly changing, and full of architectural gems. From here, the Subte transport system spreads its fronds throughout the city, allowing the casual explorer a simple method to see the myriad of interesting sites Buenos Aires has to offer.
Microcentro is a mostly a commercial center; shoppers flood the streets of Avenida Florida and Avenida Cordoba whilst those wanting to relax with a drink and snack might be found on the Avenida 9 de Julio taking in the sight of the 221ft Obelisco. Microcentro offers everything from shopping, people watching in the abundant cafes, and a collection of beautifully designed buildings just waiting to be studied.
Italian and French design influences are obvious in the streets of Microcentro; try not to miss Palacio Barolo at 1370 Avenida de Mayo, which was built in 1923, and shows the influence the Divine Comedy had on its Italian architect. Also stop by at the Teatro Colón, a huge opera house, which can be found on Avenida 9 de Julio, and is where greats like Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo have performed
While on a bus tour we stopped at a market which featured artwork as well as a market that sold tango dancers. I can't identify this particular area, but there are probably many in the city. More important to me is to think like a photographer, the street scenes around this area were fascinating. The wide angle was very useful. As always when taking pictures in street scenes, be respectful.
This has to be the shopping heaven of the world. Buenos Aires has most known brands at very very good prices. On top they have leather goods of all kinds again at a great price.
Finally if you are into buying gear for horseback riding you've come to the right place.
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.