Buenos Aires Shopping

Whether you're looking for a unique handicraft, the latest boutique-vineyard malbec, a one-off pair of rhodochrosite earrings, or jeans no one's got back home, you're bound to leave Buenos Aires with your suitcases full. Argentina’s designers inject their wares with creativity, and innovative items can be found everywhere from elite boutiques to neighborhood street fairs.

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the hustle and bustle, elbow your way through the city's outdoor ferias. The array of open-air markets testifies to the fact that locals enjoy stall-trawling as much as visitors do. Crafts—whether traditional or contemporary—often take center stage, with artisans proudly selling their own creations; however, the selection can also include art, antiques, curios, clothing, jewelry, and assorted household goods.

At the other end of the spectrum, this city certainly isn’t lacking in high-end couture. During Fashion Weeks (www.bafweek.com.ar) in February and August, Buenos Aires turns the spotlight on both its world-class designers and its talented up-and-comers. But at any time of year you can swank it up at Patio Bullrich or at posh Recoleta boutiques where the security is as tight as an airport.

Clothing bargains are harder to find than they once were, but that doesn’t mean visitors should pay through the nose. Although haggling isn’t commonplace, do ask for a discount if paying in cash, especially if you decide to snap up leather wrist cuffs for all your cousins at a sidewalk stall. Also look out for the tax refund sticker in many shop windows.

Argentina is cow central, and leather goods—from boots to jackets to polo saddles—are an excellent value. Buenos Aires' well-established antiques trade is also thriving, but modern houseware shops are putting up some fierce competition. On the wine front, many local vintages still aren't exported, so this may be your only chance to try wines from regions other than Mendoza.

It’s not just about retail therapy, either. Part of the Buenos Aires experience can be wandering around and stepping, unexpectedly, into a restored mansion selling silk frocks and vertigo-inducing heels, then taking a break at a bistro or juice bar. People-watching is the name of the game. Known for their good looks, Argentineans like to watch and be watched from the café sidelines.

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Abraxas

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Yes" is pretty much guaranteed if you propose with one of the period engagement rings that dazzle in the window of this antique jeweler.

Artepampa

  • Crafts

An artist-and-architect duo is behind these singular works, which are inspired by native Argentine art. They use an unusual papier-mâché...

Cualquier Verdura

  • Household Items/Furniture

Set up like the 19th-century home it once was, Cualquier Verdura gives the otherwise antiques-dominated neighborhood a much-needed kitsch...

Gabriel del Campo

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Gabriel's good taste means 50-year-old Louis Vuitton trunks don't look out of place beside wooden church statues or scale-model ships...

Gil Antigüedades

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Sequined flapper dresses, dashing white-linen suits, and creamy lace wedding veils are some of the items you might stumble across in...

HB Anticuario

  • Antiques/Collectibles

White-leather trefoil chairs and gleaming walnut side tables with black-lacquer details are among the many heavenly furniture items in...

Juan Carlos Pallarols Orfebre

  • Crafts

Argentina's legendary silversmith has made pieces for a mile-long list of celebrities that includes Frank Sinatra, Sharon Stone, Antonio...

La Candelaria

  • Antiques/Collectibles

A Spanish-style abode built in 1745 contains several tempting shops. One is filled with enough miniature wooden furniture to fill several...

Marcelo Toledo

  • Crafts

Sunlight and the smell of solder fill the rooms of this old San Telmo house, which doubles as a store and open workshop for celebrity...

Materia Urbana

  • Crafts

The quirky, postmodern souvenirs this store specializes in are a welcome variation from classic mate gourds or gaucho knives. Take...

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