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Buenos Aires shopping guide

If you are looking for some funky clothes from local designers, head to Palermo Viejo. You won’t necessarily find bargains, but you will be able to buy one-off creations that no one else in your hometown will be wearing. In Microcentro, Florida Street is the main shopping area for all the big brands. San Telmo’s main street Calle Defensa is where you can pick up some amazing antique pieces. For authentic souvenirs, why not try the Feria de Mataderos? The market-like atmosphere here is so much fun you may end up staying for hours. Whatever you do, make sure you take home some leather goods from your time in Buenos Aires. With all that beef-eating going on, it’s not difficult to find stylish, well-crafted leather goods for much less than what you’d pay anywhere else.

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.
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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.
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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.
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