Top 5 Fairs in Buenos Aires

Shopping season is here with Christmas right around the corner and this year we propose looking for unique gifts at some of the city’s most well known weekend fairs where you can find antiques, handmade crafts, one of a kind designs, typical local tokens and more.

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San Telmo: Probably the most famous, the San Telmo fair is known mainly for its antiques, however it has also become a spot for artisans to sell some of their carefully crafted designs as well.  Defensa and Humberto 1, San Telmo

Other things to do in the area: stop by the MAMBA and check out some great contemporary art exhibits, and then pause for a chocotorta at the Pride Café.

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Lauro Maia

Parque Lezama: Also in San Telmo, this fair is located in Parque Lezama which is set in front of a stunning Russian Orthodox church and next to the National History Museum. Defensa and Brazil, San Telmo

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Ligia Berg

Plaza Francia: This fair which takes place in the stunning Plaza Francia in Recoleta just in front of the MNBA (the National Museum of Fine Arts) is a great place to buy leather, silver and knits, and is well known for the quality of the products and designs. Av. Libertador and Av. Alvear, Recoleta

Other things to do in the area: tour the Recoleta Cemetery and stop by traditional café La Biela for a break.

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Mariano García-Gaspar

Plaza Serrano: The Palermo fair in Plaza Serrano is surrounded by stores that open up on weekends for new and upcoming designers to showcase and sell their stuff. Also, it is full of great spots to stop for a bite or drinks.  Honduras and Serrano, Palermo

Other things to do in the area: Walk a few blocks to the Botanical Garden and cool off in the shade after an afternoon of shopping, or stop for some wine and a good read at nearby wine & bookstore, Alamut.

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Feria de Mataderos: slightly further away from the city center, this Sunday fair is perfect for those looking for typical local products and gaucho style souvenirs. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales, Liniers

Other things to do in the area: the Bolivian market which offers andean food and complements opens on Sundays in front of the fair, and the Mercado de Liniers, which commercializes cattle, is right next to it.

 

International Artisans Fair

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The annual international artisans fair is taking place at La Rural in Palermo until the 9th of December, and it is a great opportunity to purchase beautifully crafted objects, art and decorations and to watch the talented artisans at work.

The fair exhibits traditional, regional, artisanal pieces from Latin America and around the world, and more contemporary displays. It is divided into sections offering pottery, basketwork, knives, leather goods, clothes, musical instruments, jewelry, games, woodwork, pieces crafted in metals, paper, knits, textiles, glass and more. Additionally, there are specially selected pieces that are awarded for their craftsmanship.

If you´re looking for a unique silver encrusted mate to take home, marvel at the meticulous weavers, or think a charango would make a great Christmas present, then a visit to this fair is a must. Tickets cost 26 pesos and opening hours are from 3pm to 10pm.  Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The Lunfardo and Tango bookfair kicked off yesterday in San Telmo, offering a variety of tango paraphernalia, readings and shows. The fair will be held until the 30th of December from 3pm-9pm at the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo.  Estados Unidos 1379, San Telmo. 4383.2393

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz  for a guitar concert by Alvarado starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

 

Tuesday

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For an off the beaten path activity, don’t miss Fueguia in Palermo, a scent lab where you can sniff out nature, or aromatic blends reminiscent of writers such as Borges. Cabello 3791, 2 J, Palermo. 4806-5619.

In the evening starting at 7pm you can explore the city’s art galleries and museums at the last Gallery Night of the year.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486

 

Wednesday

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The International Artisan Fair is being held this week at La Rural and is a great chance to see and purchase local and international artisan designs whilst getting to watch the artisans at work. Open 3-10pm daily, until 11th December. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the evening catch one of the circus shows being put on at Campus Polo Circo starting 7pm. Av. Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos, Parque Patricios.

 

Thursday

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Head to the Japanese gardens in Palermo and visit the annual exhibit of Japanese paintings. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

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Book you place with Argentina Polo day and spend the day out in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons , the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado,  and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Argentines cross over to Uruguay frequently for weekend getaways to lovely towns and summer holidays at the beach. One of the common destinations for a weekend away is Colonia del Sacramento, a historic town founded in 1680 with a combination of Portuguese, Spanish colonial and Post-Colonial styles. Take a ferry to this unique town for a short rest from the busy city.  Ferry rides available form Buquebus and Colonia Express.

We Recommend: Feria de Mataderos

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Every Sunday locals gather around the Mataderos fair where a wide variety of locally produced goods are sold including regional foods, gaucho accessories, knitwear, and leather bags amongst others. Gaucho traditions, such as the “carrera de sortija” and typical dances from around the country are carried out on a stage.

Also in the area is  the Corrales Museum, which exhibits a wonderful collection of items and customs of Criollo tradition. The display includes tools, boleadoras, Indian bow and arrows, gaucho accessories, stirrups, animal markers, and carriages amongst others.

If you’re looking for a taste of real local culture, this is definitely the place to go!

The fair is on Lisandro de la Torre Avenue, in Mataderos on Sunday. To get there,  we suggest you coordinate transport with the hotel as you will have to go through some dodgy areas to arrive.