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Buenos Aires Travel Guide

Shopping in Buenos Aires



Buenos Aires is a great place for shopping, the city has many shopping circuits for specific needs, here you will find exclusive malls, antique shops, art galleries, malls in pedestrian-only streets and much more, many stores in Buenos Aires offer tax-free shopping. You can ask for special shopping maps at the different stores all over the city.

Argentina is famous for its high-quality leather and woolen goods, leather factories will make any leather item, according to the taste of the client. There are a large number of shops that sell leather jackets, saddles, bags, boots, and many other items, many of them are located near to Plaza San Martin (Florida Avenue and Marcelo T. de Alvear); in Palermo and Retiro there are many stores that sell leather products at economic prices.

The most popular souvenirs in Argentina, amongst others, include the ponchos, Gaucho belts and the mate holder.

Most shops are open weekdays form 9.00 am to 8.00 pm and Saturdays from 9.00 until midnight, shopping centers are open 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.

SAN TELMO

There are many things to buy in Buenos Aires, if you are looking for antiques, you must go to San Telmo, there you will find plenty of interesting antiques and unique handicrafts, many of the old mansions in the neighborhood have been converted into antique shops, this shops are open 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm approximately.

On Sundays, the famous San Telmo Flea Market takes place at Plaza Dorrego (the entire square becomes an antique market) from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, there you will find gramophones, old cameras, and many other lovely things, you will also watch living statues and tango shows in the street. A fan of this Fair is the rocker Rod Stewart, who visit San Telmo during his vacations or in the middle of his tours.

Prices can be relatively high, but certainly you will enjoy the experience, even if your plan is don't buy anything.

RECOLETA

Recoleta is the most expensive neighborhood in Buenos Aires and the Chic Shopping Center too, Along Alvear and Quintana Avenues, you will find the top-designer shops offering local and international brands, you will find also plenty of boutiques, cafes, antiques stores, and art galleries.

Some steps from the Caesar Park Hotel is located Patio Bullrich (tel. 11/4814-7400), one of the most famous shopping malls, its 69 nice stores are open every day from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm, if you are looking for goods of interior design and decor you will visit Buenos Aires Design. located at Av. Pueyrredón 25001.

In Plaza Francia, in front of the Recoleta Cemetery, there is a good market, every weekend, with plenty of crafts and live artistic shows.

THE TOWN CENTRE

The pedestrians-only Florida Avenue is the biggest shopping street in Buenos Aires, in its nine blocks long you will find electronics, gifts, leather good stores, chic boutiques, banks, cafes, important jewellery shops, art galleries, restaurants, and some of the best bookstores in the city (the most renowned are "El Ateneo" located at Florida 340 and the "Librería Rodriguez" located at Sarmiento 835.

The Galerias Pacifico Shopping Center (tel. 11/4319-5100) is located at the corner of Florida and Córdoba Avenues, more than 180 stores are open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm and Sunday from 12.00 to 9.00pm, the building has beautiful murals painted by local artists at its center.

Santa Fe Avenue is another fashionable site of hundred of stores with clothes and gifts

Another interesting points to visit are: Corrientes Avenue, where you will find hundred of bookstores offering books in many languages, in La Boca, you will many kinds of souvenirs, Palermo Viejo neighborhood has the vanguard in clothes and decorative elements and Palermo SoHo where there are boutiques specialized in the sexy style of the Argentine women.



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