buenos aires shopping guide

Argentina's hauntingly beautiful capital is brimming with incredible shoes, gorgeous antiques, and chic small designer finds—and with such an insanely good exchange rate, everything's a deal.

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

Bazar La Luna

Walking into this old-school kitchen-goods retailer is like stepping 50 years into the past: The space is simple and rustic, weathered shelves heave with practical, well-designed cookware, and the pace of the sales help is unhurried to the point that you half expect them to take an espresso break between transactions. This store is so authentically Argentine, in fact, that it has been honored by the city for preserving the traditional way of business.
Tacuarí 601, 4334-0301

Products: Tabletop
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market

Faustino Lopez

Right now Argentina is a hotbed of up-and-coming designers: It's inexpensive to start a business, the economy is rebounding, and due to the country's relative geographic isolation, there isn't a lot of competition from lines being imported from other parts of the globe. Former graphic designer Faustino Lopez is one of Buenos Aires' most promising new names, and his predilection for clean silhouettes, a stark palette, and mod details—like jumbo buttons—has made his first collection a standout.
Estados Unidos 756, 4300-6941, W - Sun 2:30 pm - 8 pm, faustinolopez.com.ar

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Gil Antiguedades

Owned by a cantankerous yet ultimately endearing husband-and-wife team, this trilevel spot is best known for its antiques, but we only had eyes for its basement stash of vintage clothing. As you take in the floor-to-ceiling assortment of museum-quality clothing, hats, bags, and shawls (many pieces date from the Victorian era), you'll feel like you've been let in on some amazing secret.
Humberto I, 412-4361/5019, gilantiguedades.com.ar

Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Antiques, Furniture
Type of Store: Consignment

Guastavino

A family business for nearly a century, this dusty optical shop has a lockdown on vintage designer eyewear, and the selection is so charmingly haphazard—crazy, colorful, oversize no-name resin-frame sunglasses might be fastened onto a crumbling cardboard display next to ultra glam, highly collectible Gucci ones—that you'd swear all the stock was dragged straight from a long-forgotten trove in someone's attic.
Defensa 1066, Ste. 31, 4307-6820

Products: Accessories
Type of Store: Consignment/ Resale, Designer Discount

Materia Urbana

Created and run by a coterie of artists, this studio-shop showcases the work of more than 100 different names in the world of Buenos Aires design, from animators and architects to ceramicists and painters. The airy, second-floor spread is broken up into various gallery like rooms, and it all has the feel of a working studio, with exposed rafters, whitewashed walls, and wares unfussily displayed atop simple sawhorse tables.
Defensa 707, 4361-5265, materiaurbana.com

Products: Jewelry, Accessories, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Tabletop
Type of Store: Boutique
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