October 26, 2011 ·

Shopping in Buenos Aires

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Shopping in Buenos Aires is fun especially if you are looking for local arts and crafts. There are many markets on the weekends where you can spend a good afternoon going stalls after stalls, looking for that special trinket, leather products or mate cups to take home. If you like to do some shoe shopping, on Av. Santa Fe from Calle Talcahuano all the way to Calle Bulnes you’ll find many shoe stores from high end to economical choices. On the way, you’ll find a lot of clothing stores too.

When it comes to clothing, shopping malls are also a good place to go. Some are more luxurious, like Galerías Pacifico in Microcentro and Patio Bullrich in Recoleta, which have mostly international designer stores; others are great for everyone, like Shopping Abasto in Abasto and Alto Palermo in Palermo, which carry a mix of local and international brands. Nevertheless, clothes in Buenos Aires aren’t that cheap even given the advantage of the exchange. We don’t have economical trendy brands like H&M or Forever21. The closest ‘version’ is Zara but you can’t really call it a bargain. So where could you still get cute trendy clothes without breaking your wallet? The outlets in Buenos Aires!

We don’t have an outlet mall but we do have a couple of streets that are saturated with outlet stores. The two main stretches of outlets are on Av. Cordoba 4100 – 4900 and Calle Aguirre 600 -900. There you’ll find outlet stores of almost every local brands you can see in a shopping mall. You will also be able to come across international brands that you recognized like Columbia, The North Face, Timberland, Lacoste, Nike etc. This is a good outlet guide for reference, but there are a few places that I know of aren’t on the list. The best way to start would be getting out at the Malabia subte stop on Line B, walk up Gurruchaga towards Aguirre and start your bargain hunt!

Isabel

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