Shopping in Argentina

Who can resist bargain shopping especially when travelling in a place known for good fashion finds? You need not spend like a tourist when all you need to know is how to shop like a local.

In Buenos Aires, there are the more popular and visited malls such as Abasto which is the largest shopping mall in the capital. However, you can go a little further and explore the small shops and boutiques where you can find first class Argentine brands as well as lesser-known ones. There are outlets of the high-end stores which typically carry end of season designs and colours.

In Cordoba Avenue which is a walking distance from Palermo, one can find goods with prices much lower than the expensive boutiques around Plaza Serrano such as Aurum or Palermitana. You can find leather goods sold by wholesalers which means lower prices. For great leather deals check out the intersection of Murillo and Scalabrini Ortiz which shoppers consider as the “leather central” in Buenos Aires.

Another bargain shopping area is Corrientes Avenue in Once where you can negotiate on the prices with the sellers.

For antiques, head on out to San Telmo where you can find a plethora of shops that sell curio finds like brass jugs and scales, store signages and old books. The Sunday market in San Telmo is a big venue for stalls where bargain goods can be had. Avenida Santa Fe is another long stretch of retail stores where you can get value for your money.

Then there is La Boca with its myriad of knick-knack and souvenir shops, weekend markets and fairs and numerous cafes.