In the antiques shoppes in Salta you will run across some lovely things adorned in silver. Be aware that different grades of silver are sold as silver and if you don't know you might end up paying much more for something of lower quality. you will hear "Plata Boliviana" (Bolivian silver), which should alert you right away
Salta and the Andean northwest of Argentina were one of the main entry points for silver and precius metals from the mines in Bolivia (alto peru) and Peru in colonial times. Silver from Potosi is pure 100% silver and expect to pay much more, its the real mccoy. Silver from the Sucre area is not pure silver, its mixed and is considered lower grade silver.
What to buy: There are several stores near the plaza central that are basically like a supply store for the gaucho- ponchos, horse blankets etc.
If you look carefully you might find some of the old belts the gauchos wore, they are woven by the natives, varying in width. These are generally not used anymore, so they are harder to find. In some stores they will be hidden in a back room behind the tshirts and common souvenirs. Ask around
What to pay: i bought a few of them. different quality of weaving and width. I think i paid between 10-30 dollars US.
all over/esp. by the central square: Poncho Salteño
What to buy: The traditional poncho from the Salta region comes in red with a black stripe near the edge. This is still worn in the countryside by some of the cowboys. It is also used as a ceremonial piece, for example you will see it worn by the honor guard in Salta during the changing of the guard ceremony.
The photo shows Pope John Paul II wearing the poncho presented to him during his visit to Argentina in 1987. (Photo courtesy of Govt of Salta-http://www.portaldesalta.gov.ar/poncho.htm)
What to pay: for a cotton one you might be able to find it for 30 USD or a little less.
Mercado Artesanal: regional arts and crafts
Mercado Artesanal has 10 - 15 shops, which are clustered around a nice courtyard. We walked around watching the different arts and crafts, which craftsmen from all over the province of Salta were exhibiting. Almost everything you can imagine is offered: fabrics, ponchos, pottery, silver jewellery, leather, music instruments, but also some food products like. (It is said these handicrafts have a Certificate of Authenticity that should guarantee quality and origin of the crafts.)
We tasted an (small) glass or Argentine wine, saw a couple of demonstrations and bought a piece of ‘dulche de leche’.
To be honest the setting of this ‘market’ in a colonial building was very nice, but a lot of the shops do sell more or less the same products, which made it a kind of overkill for us.
Mercado Artesanal is open every day from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Due to its location you do need transportation by (rental) car, taxi or bus.
For more info and pics of the building see my 'Things to do' tip.
What to buy: Regional arts and crafts.
What to pay: From 1 peso till ....
Balcarce Crafts Street Market: Local and regional crafts Tip Rating: [Not enough
When staying in Salta (city) during a Sunday and you have a couple of spare hours I would recommend visiting the Balcarce Crafts Street Market (also called Feria Artesanal de Balcarce). This is an open air market with ‘hundreds’ of booths with local and regional vendors. The market is located at Paseo Balcarce (street), from Entre Rios till the railway station.
Artisans and craftsmen are trying to sell their products, varying from woven fabrics, pottery, leather, jewellery, silverware, candles, wood carved products, Andean ponchos, Alpaca scarves and a lot more, but also sweets, honeys, empanadas and drinks. On some places craftsmen were busy making their goods and street musicians are playing and singing.
We bought some smaller gifts for very affordable prices !!
Paseo Balcarce (being one of the main nightlife spots in Salta) is also dotted with restaurants, pubs and cafes. We had a cappuccino one of the sidewalk cafes and enjoyed watching the passing people. By far the most are locals and we didn’t see hardly tourists.
The Balcarce Crafts Street Market is organised every Sunday from 10.00 am till 10.30 pm.
What to buy: Local and regional art and crafts.
What to pay: From 1 peso til .......
Vea is a large supermarket on Cordoba & Catamarca, a few blocks south-east of the main square. It´s a good place to stock up on items for a picnic: I would recommend in particular their roast chickens which are the best I´ve tasted on my trip to Argentina.
From A to Z: Shopping center "Florida"
In fact many shopping areas in Argentina are called Florida Street ( like in BsAs and now in Salta)
You can find almost everything, clothes, antiques, drugs (i mean Medicines) and department stores.
But watch out and plan your shopping activities : most of the shops are closed between 01pm and 4pm (siesta)- but open till 8 or 9 pm - not on Sunday
What to buy: Depend on your wishes but most of the products are relatively cheap ( in compair with European prices 30 upto 50%)
- Good quality shoes - 50%
- Jeans like Levis 501 or Diesel - 30%
What to pay: Most of the big shops accept Visa and Matercard
But watch out in smaller shops, sometimes they can not change on a 100peso note ( 27 euro)
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Balcarce Street in Salta: A Sunday Market to Remember
All day Sunday you can find scores of artisans displaying their wares, from local shops to workshops far up in the mountains. It is an incredible place to buy authentic Argentine and indigenous crafts.
What to buy: Clothing, shawls, jewelry, sculpture, lamps.....
What to pay: An incredible number of things for under ten dollars
Sarah: Full of colors!
Florida and Alberdi are the two main shopping streets and you will find there a lot shops selling women's clothes that are really shining and colorful!!!! I love that, it makes people so nice and happier!!!
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