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.

 

Fierro’s 2013 Christmas Gift Guide

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Some of us believe that gift giving is one of the happiest aspects of the Christmas season, others prefer receiving and write long lists to Santa letting him know what they expect. Whether you’re amongst the first group and are looking for original ideas to surprise your loved ones, or whether you’re amongst the second and want to make sure that there’s nothing missing on your wish list, here is our pick of local gifts this year. (And for more suggestions you can find our 2011 list  here and our 2012 list here).

Knits: The sunny Summer Argentine weather is probably not inspiring anyone to think about wooly wear, but the northern hemisphere is kicking off Winter, so warm and fuzzy may just be the thing to take back home, if that’s where home is of course. We specially like the new trend in ecological wool and ethical production that design companies like URSA and Laraia Crafts encourage.

Local Art: The local art scene is thriving and offers perfect gift giving opportunities. Hollywood in Cambodia showcases and sells the work of some of the most talented urban artists in the city, whilst Galeria Mar Dulce represents the young up and coming. The gorgeous art tapestries by NESLE also make great gifts and will make walls look all the prettier. Another option is to help fund a project, such as Jellyfish Editorial’s gorgeous Magia y Mística art book.

Another booming local industry is clothes design. Strolling down the streets of Palermo Soho you’re sure to find beautiful and unique gift opportunities. Here is a guide of our favorite Soho designers.

Wine lovers who read Spanish should definitely get a copy of Más allá del Malbec, the new book about wine that our in-house sommelier celebrity Andrés Rosberg and star writer Quintín put together after spending many an afternoon tasting wines, and exploring the depths of the purples and reds. A must read!

Finally, if you’re on a budget and want something way more traditional, the weekend artisans fairs at Plaza Francia, Feria de Mataderos, Plaza Belgrano and San Telmo are great places to stop by and find handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, mates and antiques.

Yusuke Shibata at Centro Cultural Borges

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The Centro Cultural Borges, set in the stunning Galerias Pacífico, is showcasing the works of Yusuke Shibata, a new generation Japanese artist who works with mixed media including sculpture, photography, video and installations. The artist’s pieces deal with themes such as the ambiguity of reality, the absurd, and the blur between fiction and fact.

The exhibition is taking place until the 5th of January, alongside another showcase that features a selection of upcomming Argentine artists.  Centro Cultural Borges is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm and on Sundays from midday to 9pm. Tickets are 30 pesos.  Viamonte 500, downtown.

Fierro Loves Soho: Interior Design

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The Soho area of Palermo is shoppers’ heaven, and one of the aspects it is strong in is interior design. Argentine design has seen a boom in the last 15 years and has veered towards innovation and creative new tendencies merging art, engineering, and architecture. Soho´s top spots for checking out furniture, lighting and decorations for the home include:

Paul Deco– Pablo Chiappore is a renowned local interior designer and his Palermo centered store is one of the area’s most beautiful spots for interior design and also for stopping for a sip of something in the store’s patio. Gorriti 4865, Palermo. 

Pehache– This is probably one of the most successful design stores in the city and for good reason. The design hotspot is set in a remodeled old Palermo house where every room displays a different style. The cafe in the garden is perfect for unwinding after a long shopping day. Additionally, Pehache regularly hosts different events. This Saturday, they will be celebrating their third birthday with live piano music in the garden. Gurruchaga 1418, Palermo. 

La Mersa- Retro designs inspired in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are La Mersa’s trademark style. Here you will find designer furniture, and mundane objects such as bicycle wheels acquire a whole new dimension. Nicaragua 4835, Palermo. 

Gaby de Grazia- Florid curtains and bedspreads, and a whole section of the store dedicated to babies and children’s rooms makes for the success of this cozy decoration store.  Armenia 1914, Palermo.

Wathemala– This is a cute spot to stop by if you’re looking for decorations and household objects with an antique twist. Grandma style teapots, candleholders and vases are what you’ll find! Guatemala 6090, Palermo.

Violraviol– For super retro accessories such as aprons, tote bags and flowery place mats then head to this sweet spot which will surely inspire you to head home to cook cakes and sugary goods. El Salvador 5894, Palermo.

Shopping for Antiques

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The ships from the old world that docked at the new found opportunity and riches in the unexplored lands of South America, and left behind some of their own wealth and culture. The port city of Buenos Aires is a treasure trove and as such displays this historic phenomenon in its many antique markets.

Generally, the neighborhood associated with nostalgic valuables is San Telmo, where the largest concentration of antique stores in the city is. It also hosts the weekly Sunday fair where the most endearing trinkets from the past can be found.  Another vintage and antiques hotspot is the Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo, which we often recommend as it is full of quirky colorful finds.  Further up north, in the outskirts of the city, are two smaller antique centers, both part of the Tren de la Costa circuit. At the Maipú station in Olivos, near the Quinta Presidencial (where the presidents live during their political term),  is another antique focal point with stores that sell toys, records, furniture, and oriental antiques, and a million other artifacts. During the weekends, the Barrancas station also features an antique fair by the railroad tracks.

Creme de la Creme Tours

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Buenos Aires is a great city for shopping as there is something for every taste and at Creme de la Creme Tours they know this and have put together several different options for visitors looking to land in the perfect shopping spots.

They offer four tours, Savvy, Souvenir, Offbeat and Artscene.

The Savvy tour is perfect for travelers who want to head straight into the Argentine designer scene. (BAF Week is coming up for this crowd of tourist fashionistas too, so stay tuned. )

As the name implies, Souvenir is for buying typical Argentine products such as mate gourds, leather, silver and more. The great thing about this tour is that it allows for instant access to quality souvenirs, while avoiding tourist scams.

Offbeat is for the eccentric spirits who are on the quest for great vintage finds. Buenos Aires is a great spot for this and Creme de la Creme doesn’t stop at clothes but also includes books, records and more on their tour.

Finally, the Artscene tour is the perfect way to get to know the who is who in contemporary local art.

To book a tour, contact Creme de la Creme at info@cremedelacreme.com.ar.