Buenos Aires: Where to Shop

Although some things may have gotten expensive in Buenos Aires as of late, others are still worth the purchase and this is especially true for those things unique to the place. We’re talking of dulce de leche of course, and alpargatas, but also of top range product by the local design talents, and vintage and antique goods. So, whether you’re on a thrift or splurge spree, here is a small guide to Buenos Aires: where to shop.

Top Design

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The local designer scene has been alive and kicking for many years now and we have Buenos Aires Fashion Week coming up this March to prove it. Designer Argentina isn’t only for clothes though, Fueguía offers designer scents at Casa Cavia in Palermo where you can also lunch, Monochrome offers designer bikes. So where are all these crafty goods?

The first place to look is the boutique lined Palermo streets. The neighborhood has long been the design epicenter of the city and it is where you will find top quality and also upcoming local design.

Another option is to explore the new Editor Market which is are recently opened designer department stores, one in Palermo and one on Corrientes Avenue, where everything including the coffee is designer something.

Finally, many designers offer their products in their private showrooms. Sophie Lloyd offers shopping tours in Buenos Aires and can probably guide you through this underground designer scene.

Antiques

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The city is also well known for its long standing antique markets, the most famous being the San Telmo Antique fair. Other places for antiques include the Dorrego Flea Market in Colegiales, and, in the outskirts of the city, the antique markets of the Barrancas and Maipu stations of the Tren de la Costa.

Local Goods

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There are also many beautiful local goods including leather, silver, knits and woven goods by the local indigenas that are great purchasing options. Here is a great guide to shopping for leather, and if you’re looking for upscale silver then head to the Marcelo Toledo or Juan Carlos Pallarols stores in San Telmo. For a rustic campo market head to the Feria de Mataderos. For textiles and other indigenous designs check out http://www.arteetnicoargentino.com/.

May 2013 in Buenos Aires

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25th of April- 13th of May- International Book Fair. Buenos Aires is a literary city and the annual book fair is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is books as bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature. More information here.

9th of May- Gallery Nights. The monthly art event will be taking place at the hippest Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro art galleries. More information here.

9-19th of May- Festival Polo Circo. Although recent in the city, the annual international circus festival has rapidly expanded over the years and hosts dazzling circus acts from around the world! More information here.

11-12th of May- Buenos Aires Market. Over 60 stands promoting healthy lifestyle and organic products will be at the intersection of Sarmiento and Libertador Avenue.  If it rains the market will take place on the following weekend.

21-26th of May- Feria Puro Diseño. The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display at La Rural.  More information here

24-27th of May- Arte BA. The local artistic community will be abuzz in May as the most important contemporary art fair of the year takes place at La Rural. More information here.

Live Music

6th of May- 9pm- Kate Nash at Niceto Club. Tickets here.

16th of May- 9pm- Pet Shop Boys at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

30th of May- 9pm- Yes at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

31st of May-9pm- Bajofondo at Teatro Coliséo. Tickets here.

Leather Goods in Argentina

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In the country of asados it is only natural that there be a booming leather industry too.  We always get asked by visitors where the best places to buy are, so here is an overview!

Clothes and Shoes

There are many stores that specialize in leather jackets, belts, purses, shoes and more. The best known are Casa Lopez, that offers top-quality goods with tasteful classic designs, Lopez Taibo that specializes in shoes, Silvia Eisele for custom made leather designs, and Murillo 666 for leather jackets. Prune is also popular amongst women and offers a variety of clothing items, shoes, and bags.  Find some more suggestions here.

Equestrian Accessories

Argentina is also renowned for its equestrian sports, especially polo, and is one of the world’s most important producers of leather accessories for riding such as stirrups, riding mounts, boots and more. The place to go for these items are “talabarterias”, where some also sell other leather items including clothing, wallets and more with a more local Pampas style design. Some of the best known are La Martina, Arandu and Jorge Canaves who specializes in saddles.

Rugs and Accessories for the Home

Another area in which leather and cowhides are very popular is in interior design. Lifestyle by Cara offers all kinds of leather designs for the home and, has an online store that ships everywhere.  Cowhide Argentina also ships abroad and as the name implies specializes in cowhides and leather patchwork rugs. Eugenio Aguirre offers gorgeous designer furniture in which he mixes leather with wood.

The Feria de Mataderos and San Antonio de Areco are also great places to get typical leather goods.

Buenos Aires Design Tours

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Buenos Aires is internationally known for its great local design scene. Anyone who has walked San Telmo and Palermo, explored BAF week shows or searched for designer shoes, clothes and more knows that there is a lot to choose from. Buenos Aires Design Tours is not only a way to filter through the wide variety of options, but also, a great way to learn more about each designer and the local scene.

The tours are carried out by local designers who really know their stuff. They offer a San Telmo tour, a Palermo tour, a tango shoe tour that is followed by a tango show and dinner, and specialized or customized tours of flea markets, design fairs, shows and more.

If you’re looking to shop while learning about the city and the flourishing local design scene then you should definitely give these tours a go.

Humberto Primo 400 | San Telmo.  0054 911 624 7869. More information here.

BAF Week Spring-Summer 2012/2013

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As spring approaches so do new the new trends for the colorful and bright warmer seasons.  BAF week brings us everything new in the world of fashion and with a unique theme this edition that combines fashion with street art.

From the 7th to the 10th of August Garza Lobos teams up with Jaz, Juana de Arco with Pum Pum, Vicki Otero with Consuelo Vidal, Mariana Dappiano with Luna Portnoi, Cora Groppo with Natalia Molinero, Rudbeckia with Tian Dink and Jessica Trosman with Lean Frizzera. The results are colorful explosions of unique prints and lines.

Most runway shows will be taking place at La Rural from 1pm to 10pm. There will also be runway shows by invitation only at Paseo Alcorta, and the Semillero UBA runway show at Paseo Alcorta on Friday at 3pm which is open to the public and showcases upcoming designers. Tickets to La Rural are 30pesos for the day or 80pesos with preferential seating.

Some of the recommended shows include:

Juana de Arco– Tuesday 7pm. Presenting a collection full of prints and neon colors inspired by spray paint.

Vero Ivaldi– Wednesday 7pm. Presenting a collection that represents the idea of movement taken from the Muybridge studies, and frame-by-frame cinematography.

Fabian Zitta– Thursday 8pm. Presenting a collection for men and women inspired by the movements of water.

Garza Lobos-Thursday 9pm. Presenting a collection inspired in John Hubley, Paul Gauguin, and the Hungarian Herend porcelain.

Mariana Dappiano- Friday 6pm. Presenting a collection full of colorful references to confetti and party favors.

The full schedule can be found here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

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The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display until the 20th of June at the Feria Puro Diseño in La Rural. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

Tuesday

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Whilst touring Recoleta remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

In the evening don’t miss the last function of the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which is being staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday is a national holiday as National Flag Day is celebrated. For the occasion there will be a special event at the Centro Cultural Recoleta featuring live acts and more from 3.30 pm onwards. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening, renowned Mexican singer Lila Downs will be interpreting typical Mexican music at the Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

 

Thursday

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Whilst visiting the polished Puerto Madero neighborhood make sure to stop by the new Faena Arts Center where two special exhibits by the Cuban art group Los Carpinteros, and by Argentine Daniel Amezoy are being showcased.  Faena Arts Center Aimé Paine 1169

For a unique evening, book your place at 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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be promoting her new record Love?  at GEBA. Tickets here.

 

Friday

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Check out the historic  Espacio Virrey Liniers which showcases diferent aspects of the founding of Buenos Aires city. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-7pm. Venezuela 469, Montserrat.

Later on stop by the hip Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a Mimi Maura concert starting at 10pm.  Tickets here.

 

Saturday & Sunday

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Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

On Sunday, the Colón Theatre will be hosting a free violoncello concert starting at 11 am. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the theatre. Cerrito 628, Downtown.

We Recommend: Graffitimundo Tours

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Street art has become increasingly popular in cities worldwide and has resignified art by brining it out of the academic context and into the city for every passer-by to see. Buenos Aires of course, with it’s flourishing artistic and design community,  is no exception, and it is common to find stunning visuals painted onto once forgotten walls of the different neighborhoods, which thanks to the intervention of young and cutting edge artists have recovered their appeal.

Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires, Graffitimundo offers off the beaten path tours of the city’s street art. Group tours, Bike tours and Private tours are available for those interested in learning more about these unique murals and the political and social context behind them.  For those looking to get involved in the creative process itself they offer a great stencil workshop as well.

More information on Graffitimundo tours, workshops and local street artists here.