buenos aires shopping guide

hecho en argentina

These are the spots that sell the most covetable traditional goods—from filigree poncho pins to rustic cowhide handbags.

Armando

Located between the tracks deep within the Tribunales subway station is Armando, a little-known custom-engraving kiosk we were tipped off to by an expat friend. Check it out for its elegant enameled Argentine address plaques—they'll turn one out for you in less than a week.
Casa Fundada 1938, 4371-9070

Products: Decorative/Lighting
Type of Store: Boutique

Comme il Faut

Tango is serious business in Buenos Aires, and Comme il Faut is where the most respected practitioners buy their shoes. Its stiletto-heeled styles define the words "exquisite" and "sexy"—and they're so entirely on-trend that even nondancers will love them.
Arenales 1239, Apt M., 1061, 4815-5690, commeilfaut.com.ar

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Feria de Mataderos

old-school bargains

Hotfoot it to the edge of town for Feria de Mataderos, a lively, cowboy-style affair complete with horse-riding demos and accordion players that provide distraction from the many booths loaded with local crafts.
Lisandro de la Torre y Avenida at De los Corrales, Mataderos, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, feriademataderos.com.ar

Products: Bags, Jewelry, Furniture, Linen, Tabletop
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market

Feria de San Telmo

old-school bargains

Hit Feria de san Telmo, the city's most famous market, for deals on smaller items.
Plaza Dorrego Humberto 1°, y Defensa San Telmo, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm feriadesantelmo.com

Products: Jewelry, Accessories, Linen, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Fair/ Flea Market

Guido

Wealthy Argentines like to relax on their estancias (ranches), and family-owned Guido is the place to go for authentic gaucho-life provisions, including handmade leather belts and bags, plus luxe polo gear.
Montevideo 1613, Quintana (btwn. Ave. Callao & Rodriguez Pena), 4812-3939

Products: Bags, Accessories
Type of Store: Boutique

Marcelo Toledo

Young, laid-back silversmith Marcelo Toledo is one of the country's premier artisans, and his homey workshop/showroom is full of elaborate poncho pins, yerba mate vessels, perfume censers, and candelabras (prices range upward of $100).
Humberto 1° 462, 4362-0841

Products: Accessories, Beauty, Decorative/Lighting, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Mercado de Pulgas

old-school bargains

B.A.'s secondhand secret, Mercado de Pulgas,has everything from art deco ashtrays to midcentury-modern chandeliers in a blockwide, stable like building.
Niceto Vega 200 Block, bet. Dorrego amd Concepcion Arenales, 10 am to 5 pm

Products: Antique, Decorative/Lighting, Tabletop
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market