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.

 

This Week: 23rd-29th of March 2015

Monday

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(Photo by Stéfan)

If you’re visiting the Obelisco and strolling down Corrientes Avenue, stop by the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación which is hosting a photography exhibit about the social problematic related to last World Cup in Brazil. Av. Corrientes 1543, downtown.

The Lollapalooza rock festival side-shows continue with concerts by Kasabian, The Kooks, Alt J and other great live acts. More information here

Tuesday

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(Photo by Ministerio de la Cultura de la Nacion Argentina)

The Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is a national holiday to commemorate the victims of the Dirty War in Argentina.

Manu Chao and Jacek Wozniak are exhibiting a colorful collection of pamphlets, posters and paintings at the Centro Cultural de la memoria Haroldo Conti. Av. Del Libertador 8151, Nuñez.

Later on, starting at 9pm, chill out with some reggae music at Guapa Bar. Costa Rica 4933, Palermo.

Wednesday

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, starting at 8pm, Wynton Marsalis will be staging a live show at the Colón Theatre. Not to be missed! Tickets here.

Thursday

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(Photos by Annemarie Heinrich)

Check out the new MALBA exhibits featuring photographs by Annemarie Heinrich, and installations, choreographies and more under the name “Infinite Experience”. Also, at 7pm there will be a performance by Osias Yanov.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Starting at 8pm, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic will be presenting its first concert of the year at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

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(Photo by Wally Gobetz)

If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not vegetarian, chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

Later on, at midnight, German DJ D-Nox will be in charge of the music at MOD Variete Club, Balcarce 563, San Telmo.

Saturday and Sunday

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(Photo by Tanoka)

Book your place at Fierro´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

The Sivory Museum, next to the Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

On Sunday, stop by the Feria de Mataderos to get a taste of typical local “campo” culture. Av de Los Corrales 6500, Mataderos.

We Recommend: Feria de Mataderos

(Photo by Tanoka)

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.