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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Pedro Maia de Brito

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.

 

Top Places for Picnics in BA

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Picnics are one of the many perks of nice weather, and are both enjoyable and cheap options to savour delicious nourishment in the outdoors. Now that spring is upon us, it is the perfect time to find a shady Ombú or a sunny patch of grass to sit under and dig in. Below are our favorite BA picnic spots.

In Palermo- Tres de Febrero Parks.  These emblematic Buenos Aires parks are perfect for picnics due to their ample space and shady trees. Our favorite is the Rosedal where you can sit down and watch the pedal boats whilst blooming roses surround you. Where to buy your sandwich: Voltaire Coffee and DeliAngel Justiniano Carranza 1946, Palermo.

In Recoleta- Plaza de las Naciones Unidas. The Recoleta area is also surrounded by lush parks and is a great spot for enjoying a meal outdoors. Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is a landmark in itself due to the stunning Floralis Genérica sculpture. It is surrounded by the city art museums, and close to the famous Recoleta cemetery.  Where to buy your sandwich: Tea Connection. Montevideo 1655, Recoleta.

In Puerto Madero- Reserva Ecológica. The ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero has one of the best city views and is a gorgeous spot for a picnic. Where to buy your sandwich: For the healthy Sanno Natural Temptations (Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson 367, Local 7, Puerto Madero), for the adventurous, purchase your typical choripan or bondiola sandwich at the parri-carts outside of the reserve.

In San Telmo- Parque Lezama. This beautiful park in San Telmo has a gazebo, a sculpture garden, florid jacarandas, history and a lot of green. Additionally, it is surrounded by the traditional Bar Britanico and the Russian Orthodox Church.   Where to buy your sandwich: Delivery Gourmet. Juan de Garay 319, San Telmo.

In the outskirts of the city- Martinez– The riverbed of the Rio de la Plata at the Martinez and Acasuso locations is lined with open green spaces that are perfect for a picnic. Plus, the Tren de la Costa borders it and is one of the ways of getting to Tigre. Where to buy your sandwich: Deli Club. Emilio Lamarca 391, Martinez.

Buenos Aires Parks

Despite being a bustling city, Buenos Aires is surrounded by green and its many stunning parks, with important architectural landmarks, are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Below we prepared a list of some of the most important parks in Buenos Aires.

 

Plaza San Martin: Retiro is one of the city’s focal points and the gorgeous Plaza San Martín clearly reminds any visitor or passer by of the importance of this neighborhood. The stately park, in front of the Torre Monumental, holds the Jose de San Martin monument and the Monumeno a los Caidos de Malvinas. It is also chock full of lush Ombu, Linden and Floss Silk trees, and is surrounded by important buildings with stunning architecture.

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Parque 3 de Feberero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

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Jardín Botanico: This mysterious and charming botanical garden has over 500 plant species amongst which a large cat community lives. There are also some lovely statues, a botanical museum, and a library. This is a great place to walk though or sit in to read a Borges short story!

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Plaza Francia and surrounding parks: many beautiful extensive parks surround Recoleta. The most known is Plaza Francia, next to the Cemetery, and where the artisans fair is put on weekends. Also in the area is Plaza Naciones Unidas where the impressive Floralis Generica is located, and Plaza Las Heras, amongst others bordering Av. Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta.

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Parque Lezama: This famous park in the heart of San Telmo is easily recognized by the bright colored cupolas of the Russian Orthodox Church, which overlooks the parks tipa and jacaranda trees. Also surrounding the park is the historic Bar  Britanico.  The Pedro de Mendoza monument, a gazebo, a pergola and a sculpture garden complete the charm of this lovely green space.

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Parque Centenario: In the Caballito neighborhood, Parque Centenario is a popular meeting point for afternoon mates and live evening concerts at the parks amphitheatre. Also in the park are a swan lake and the Fountain of the Irupé Flower, sculpted by renowned sculptor Luis Perlotti. Surrounding the park is the Museum of Natural Sciences and an Astronomy observatory.

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