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

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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 

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.