Shopping options in BA
Whether it’s quality leather goods, a bargain antique or a souvenir football shirt you’re after, there are no shortage of shopping options in BA. San Telmo’s best for antiques, souvenirs and vintage clothing, Palermo Soho for the latest trends in fashion and furniture design, Retiro for quality leather, Recoleta for upmarket boutiques malls, Villa Crespo for its outlets.
Below are some of the city’s main commercial areas (fashion and design):
- Calle Defensa, between Av. San Juan and Av. Belgrano (San Telmo)
- Calle Florida (pedestrianized), from Av. de Mayo to Plaza San Martín (San Nicolás and Retiro)
- The nexus of streets between José A. Cabrera, Soler, Armenia and Godoy Cruz (Palermo Soho)
- Av. Santa Fe, between Av. Scalabrini Ortiz and Esmeralda (Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro)
- Av. Cabildo, between La Pampa and Av. Monroe (Belgrano)
- Av. Corrientes, between Av. Pueyrredón and Av. 9 de Julio (Balvanera and San Nicolás)
- Av. Pueyrredón, between Av. Rivadavia and Av. Figueroa Alcorta (Balvanera and Recoleta)
Some of the largest shopping malls are listed below.
- Galerías Pacífico (Calle Florida 737, San Nicolás-Centre)
- Paseo La Plaza (Av. Corrientes 1660, San Nicolás-Centre)
- Patio Bullrich (Av. del Libertador 750 / Posadas 1245, Retiro-Centre)
- Recoleta Mall (Vicente Lopez 2050, Recoleta)
- Buenos Aires Design (Av. del Libertador, corner with Av. Pueyrredón, Recoleta)
- Alto Palermo (Av. Santa Fe 3253, Alto Palermo)
- Paseo Alcorta (Jerónimo Salguero 3172, Palermo Chico)
- Solar de la Abadía (Gorostiaga 1898, Las Cañitas, Palermo)
- Jumbo Palermo Centro Comercial (Av. Int. Bullrich, corner with Cerviño, Palermo)
- Abasto Shopping Center (Av. Corrientes 3247, Balvanera)
BA is a great place for outlets. The main outlet zones are listed below.
- Aguirre, between Av. Juan B. Justo and Av. Scalabrini Ortiz (Villa Crespo)
- Gurruchaga between Jufré and Vera (Villa Crespo)
- Murillo, between Av. Scalabrini Ortiz and Serrano (Villa Crespo)
- Av. Córdoba, between Lavalleja and Godoy Cruz (Palermo)
- Blanco Encalada, between Vidal and Amenábar (Belgrano)
The best markets (‘ferias’) in the city, frequented by locals and tourists alike, may close or change their schedules in high summer (Jan-Feb). For food markets, please go to Food Fairs & Markets.
- Feria de San Telmo (Plaza Dorrego/Humberto 1º 400, San Telmo). Sundays, 10am-4pm, with some activities on Saturdays too. Magpie heaven! A sprawling antique market with all sorts of trinkets and vintage goods, arts and crafts. Also head to the Mercado San Telmo, a more permanent flea market open every day, 10am-7pm, on Defensa 961.
- Feria de Artesanos Plaza Francia (Av. del Libertador 1400, Recoleta). Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 9am-6pm. This top-quality Recoleta market has everything from silver jewellery and leather goods to ceramics, metalwork and mate gourds.
- Feria de Caminito (between Magallanes and Dr del Valle Iberlucea, La Boca). Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 10am-6pm. Just across from the riverside and vying for attention with the tango performers and Maradona lookalikes, here you’ll find artists, jewellers and craftsmen selling their wares.
- Feria de Plaza Julio Cortázar (between Serrano and Honduras, Palermo) & Feria Artesanal Palermo Viejo (Plaza Armenia, Palermo). Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 10am-8pm. Within a few blocks of each other, these two Palermo markets nestle against the clothes stores, boutiques and bars of the neighbouring streets, and have a distinctly hippie feel, selling arts, crafts and jewellery.
- Feria Artesanal de Parque Centenario (between Patricias Argentinas and Machado, Caballito). Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 12pm-7pm. This market circles the huge Centenario Park, west of the city centre. It’s a flea market-come-second-hand clothing bonanza, and less touristy than the other markets listed.
- Mercado de la Pulgas (between Alvarez Thomas and Dorrego, Colegiales) Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-7pm. This covered market is a treasure trove of antique and recycled furniture, vintage goods and other curiosities. Worth strolling through if you’re in the Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood just next door.
- Feria Feria Artesanal Paseo El Retiro (Av. Calabria and Julieta Lanteri, Costanera Sur, Puerto Madero). Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 12pm-7pm. Formerly located in Retiro (hence the name), this flea market has a country fair feel about it, with street performers and games for kids.
- Feria de Mataderos (Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales). Sundays and public holidays, 11am-8pm. This lively atmospheric market in the south-western corner of BA has everything from real gauchos, folk dancing, live music, traditional foods, leather goods and handicrafts.
Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim tax (VAT) on purchases of domestically-manufactured goods with a value over ARS $70 from stores displaying the Tax Free logo.
The Global Blue website has information in English on the tax reclaim process. AFIP, the Argentine tax authority, also has information in Spanish here: www.afip.gob.ar/turismo/. Remember to ask in store for a Tax Free Form and have your receipt, form and goods ready to show at the Customs Office (Aduana Argentina) at the airport, port or border as you leave the country.