Top 5 places to shop in Buenos Aires

When you think of Buenos Aires, you probably envision tango dancers, steak dinners, and rich South American culture. But there’s another side to this vibrant city that visitors often overlook: its incredible shopping scene. From flea markets to luxury boutiques, Buenos Aires offers a shopping experience for every taste and budget. Here are the top 5 places to shop in Buenos Aires:

1. San Telmo Market, a Buenos Aires tradition

San Telmo Market is located in one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhoods, and it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in antiques and vintage items.  Start at Plaza Dorrego on Defensa Street and make your way through 10 blocks ending at Plaza de Mayo. This iconic market is not only a shopping destination but also a cultural experience. As you wander through the stalls, you’ll find everything from antique furniture and vintage clothing to handcrafted jewelry and local artwork. 

I have bought beautiful brightly colored handmade leather placemats from the same vendor on two different occasions and I am planning on doing it again.  Even if you don’t buy anything, walking the ten blocks through the market is absolutely worth it for the cultural experience.   Don’t forget to try some of the delicious street food on offer too!

2. Florida Street

Florida Street is synonymous with shopping in Buenos Aires. This bustling pedestrian-only street is lined with shops selling everything from leather goods and jewelry to clothing and souvenirs. While strolling down Florida street, you will hear many vendors calling out “cambio”.  They are offering you their service of exchanging currency.  Keep in mind that you may not need to have Argentine pesos as most places in Buenos Aires accept either cards or American dollars.   

Be sure to stop by the Galerías Pacífico shopping center, which is located on Florida Street and is considered one of the most beautiful shopping malls in the world.

3. Galerías Pacífico

Galerías Pacífico is more than just a shopping mall; it’s a Buenos Aires landmark. Located on the corner of Florida Street and Córdoba Avenue, this stunning mall is home to a wide range of luxury boutiques and high-street stores. It’s also home to a number of restaurants, a theater, and even a cultural center. 

If you are lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires when River Plate has a home game, stop by Galerías Pacífico and pick up a River Plate jersey or hat to wear to the game.  Whether you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy or simply want to admire the building’s incredible architecture, Galerías Pacífico is a must-visit.

4.  Recoleta Market

Recoleta Market is another great place to shop for antiques and vintage items. Held every weekend in the Plaza Francia, this market offers a wide variety of goods, including antique furniture, vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, and local artwork. It’s also a great place to pick up souvenirs, as many of the stalls sell unique, locally made items that you won’t find anywhere else.

5. Puerto de Frutos, Tigre

The Puerto de Frutos, at Tigre, is a great place to shop for local goods. This large market is located in the town of Tigre, just outside Buenos Aires, and it’s a great place to spend a day. You’ll find a wide variety of goods on offer, from clothing and home goods to food and drink. Plus, with its beautiful riverside location, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the view after a day of shopping. 

While you are in Tigre, take the public water taxi or rent a private boat to explore and see the homes located in the Delta.  Enjoy lunch at Gato Blanco, a local favorite, known for its “owner”, a beautiful white cat!

So there you have it! These are the top 5 places to shop in Buenos Aires. Each offers a unique shopping experience, so be sure to add them all to your Buenos Aires itinerary!

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