Where to Shop in Buenos Aires: The City’s Best Boutiques

The streets of Buenos Aires lend themselves to days of aimless ambling and strolling. Complete with cobbled streets, plane trees, and architectural gems that range from Parisian style art-nouveau buildings to Spanish revival colonial houses in the Palermo barrios, it’s ideal for an afternoon of soaking up the city’s beauty and hopping from shop to shop.

While not always associated as a shopping capital like say London or New York, Buenos Aires is becoming a destination in its own right.  Known for its young set of emerging designers looking to push creative boundaries and provide shoppers with a fresh and unique look that is an alternative to bland high street offerings, it’s also home to some of the best leather goods in the region, and locally produced soft furnishings for the home.

If you know where to look, you might just end up leaving with a fuller suitcase than you expected.

Enseres Bazar

Enseres Bazar

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The Palermo Soho located interiors boutique offers unique, tastefully Instagrammable interiors that could easily look the part in a French Riviera style villa. Run by one of the city’s most stylish couples, Enseres Bazar specializes in kitchen accessories and utensils that’ll no doubt make the most reticent of cooks among us keen to get to the kitchen. Effortlessly chic, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to take home with you.

Enseres Bazar El Salvador 5984

Calzados Correa 

Calzados Correa

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A little off the tourist track in the more authentic feeling Almagro, Calzados Correa offers clients bespoke made shoes that are created on site by a team of highly skilled artisans. Started back in 1955 by Felix A. Correa, the store’s loyal client base often return year on year for what they know will be a high-quality pair of handmade shoes. With a selection of leather, you’ll even find capybara leather, a mammal unique to Latin America. Taking your measurements during an individual appointment, shoes are then usually ready to pick up two to three weeks later. Priced at around 130 USD, it’s a reasonable sum to pay for shoes that’ll most likely last a lifetime.

Calzados Correa – Mario Bravo 750

Panorama

Panorama shop

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Panorama’s stylishly curated shop floor brings in both self-confessed window shoppers as well as those looking to splurge looking for their next coveted purchase. Complete with matching accessories of backpacks and hats, shoppers will also find pop colored coats and coordinated outfits that beg to be tried on. Showcasing brands that are bang on trend on the Argentine fashion scene, look out for House of Matching Colours (a sporty casual brand) and Maydi (a sustainably made knitwear brand).

Panorama – República de la India 2905

Galería Patio del Liceo

Galería Patio Liceo

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A hip enclave off the bustling Avenida Santa Fe, Galería Patio del Liceo is not your average shopping mall. A center of emerging talent and bohemian artists on the Argentine shopping scene, the Barrio Norte located space is ideal for an afternoon spent perusing upcoming art, stocking up on vintage clothing and enjoying a cortado at the in-house garden patio cafe.    Concept store and fashionable boutique store Greens is one to watch for fashionable staples while Monoblock offers quirky stationary supplies.

Galería Patio del Liceo – Av. Santa Fe 2729

Facon

Facon boutique

Ph: Maleva Mag

There are few things more enjoyable than shopping and sipping on wine as you go – watch out though, you might just find your purse strings are a little looser. While your bank balance might not be too happy, you can feel satisfied that your shopping habits are doing good in the wider community, all of the handpicked items are produced throughout Argentina by local artists and artisans. Ideal for picking up a few gifts, top choices include hand-woven rugs, organic leather goods, and gaucho knives. Doubling as a wine tasting venue, guests can expect to sample some of the country’s most exciting labels.

Facon – Nicaragua 4880 

Guest Blogger: Marina Charles

Marina Charles, co-founder of graffitimundo, shares her favourite art hot spots in Buenos Aires.

Via Post Street Bar

Via Post Street Bar

Buenos Aires is home to some extremely creative talents, particularly within the street art scene. We created graffitimundo in order to promote this incredible scene and its artists.    Here are a few of my favourite art stores and galleries, some street art related, some not, though all these spaces give an insight into what makes this city’s underground art scene so special.   Galería Patio del Liceo

via Pateo Liceo

via Pateo Liceo

Set in a former shopping arcade, this is a real hub of creativity filled with artists’ workshops, galleries, bookshops and independent clothing and design stores. It comes alive on Friday nights with exhibition opening parties on every floor. It’s an excellent place to buy cutting-edge art. Galería Patio del Liceo, Av Santa Fé 2729, Barrio Norte (no telephone)   Ruby Gallery

Via Ruby Gallery

Via Ruby Gallery

The very talented Irana Douer is an illustrator, curator and gallery owner. After years of working with artists all over the world she recently opened Ruby Gallery in the charming, low-key barrio of Colegiales. It showcases emerging Argentine artists work as well as ceramics, jewellery, clothing and fanzines. Ruby Gallery, Céspedes 3065, Colegiales (no telephone)   Post Bar/Hollywood in Cambodia

Via Lataco

Via Lataco

This is graffitimundo’s second home: Hollywood in Cambodia represents the heart of urban art culture in Buenos Aires. Run by a group of stencil artists, the gallery holds monthly changing exhibitions from urban artists as well as housing a huge array of artwork. You can find an original artwork for a really reasonable price. Post Bar is the adjoining bar decorated with thousands of stencils. Don’t miss the terrace upstairs. Post Bar/Hollywood in Cambodia, Thames 1885, Palermo Soho (no telephone)

Galeria UNION
Galeria Union via Marina Charles

Galeria Union via Marina Charles

Our very own gallery based in a period building in San Telmo, this beautiful space unites artists from across South America in a celebration of contemporary and urban art. The exhibitions change every three months and showcases the most exciting South American urban talents. 
 
Galeria UNION, Carlos Calvo 736, San Telmo, 011 3683 3219

Cualquier Verdura

Via Cool Hunting Project

Via Cool Hunting Project

Located in a 19th-century house in the historic San Telmo barrio, retro toys, vintage furniture and stylish kitchenware decorate each room and it’s all for sale. You can spend hours browsing here. The painted patio adorned with cat and bird-like characters is the work of Tec and Defi, two well-known local urban artists. Cualquier Verdura, Humberto 1º 517, San Telmo, 011 4300 2474

Marina Charles is director of Galeria UNION which works with contemporary and urban artists from across South America, and co-founder of graffitimundo, a non profit arts organisation supporting artists in Buenos Aires.