Buenos Aires shopping guide
Markets in Buenos Aires
You'll find a market in nearly every neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Feria (market) de San Telmo is one of the biggest and the best, with hundreds of antiques and bric-a-brac stalls spread throughout the cobblestone streets. It's open on a Sunday. If you love books, Feria de Libros in Parque Rivadavia (open daily) is book heaven. Feria de Mataderos is uniquely Argentinian, complete with horseback riding competitions and folklore dancing. It's a little way out of the city (less than an hour) but well worth the travel for what's sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Best shopping precincts in Buenos Aires
Palermo is one of the hippest suburbs of Buenos Aires and the shopping here is very good, with boutiques galore. If you're looking for antiques, head to San Telmo, and on a Sunday the entire street of Defensa is closed off to become a large bustling market. Find moderately priced leather goods in Villa Crespo, head to Recoleta for upscale fashion, and take a walk down calle Florida, which is a street designed just for shopping.
Shopping centres in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has a good choice of large shopping centres or malls, but one you absolutely must visit while in town is the Galerias Pacifico Shopping Mall, housed in a lovely beaux arts building in downtown Buenos Aires. The magnificent building was constructed in the 1890s and when you get to the nexus of the galleries, don't forget to look up: the dome is painted with murals that will make you feel like you're in Rome.