Buenos Aires

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As a world-class city, Buenos Aires has it all, and these days mostly at downright bargain prices. Your best bet for one-stop shopping is in Microcentro, along the bustling pedestrian Calle Florida and the intersecting Calle Lavalle. Both are lined with all manner of restaurants and shops selling fancy clothes, shoes, luggage, handbags, jewelry, and leatherwear as much as half-off or more what you'd pay in the United States.

Shopping in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Design

Swoon over three levels of high-quality home décor and furnishings in this interior design mecca behind Recoleta cemetery. Most of the work is created by local designers.

Pueyrredon 2501, At Libertador, 011-54-11-5777-6000, www.designrecoleta.com.ar
Tags: shopping | design | home

El Ateneo

Browse books by Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar in this splendid theater-turned-bookstore with intact original details and reader-friendly theater boxes. More than 700,000 titles are on hand and more than a million people walk through the doors at this popular libreria annually.

Avenida Santa Fe 1860, 011-54-11-4813-6052
Tags: shopping | books

Florida Street

The nine-block pedestrian mall around Galerías Pacifico (two blocks from relaxing Plaza San Martín) houses deals on everything from Argentinean leather and cashmere to jewelry and electronics.

Florida/Cordoba/San Martín, 011-54-11-5555-5110, www.galeriaspacifico.com.ar
Tags: shopping | editor pick | great value | things to do | jewelry | menswear

Galerías Pacifico

Every February, big-name designers present their autumn and winter collections in Buenos Aires for the upcoming South American winter, long before the garments hit the racks in New York or Paris. This elegant mall boasts the best local and international chains and the Borges Cultural Center. It's an excellent place to seek out chic, up-to-the-minute designer threads and coveted Argentinean leather handbags from Prune and Cardon. You’ll be months ahead of the curve!

San Martin 768, Florida and Av. Cordoba, 011-55-11-5555-5110, www.galeriaspacifico.com.ar
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | trendy | things to do | designer

Mercado de San Telmo

Travel back in time in this sprawling turn-of-the-century Italian-style market with soaring ceilings and ornate wrought-iron interior archways. Produce, meat, and poultry vendors set up shop daily, as do purveyors of antiques, books, vintage clothes, and sundry items.

Defensa 961, Entrances on Estados Unidos, Defensa, Carlos Calvo and Bolivar,
Tags: shopping | things to do | market

Palermo Viejo stores

Pick up one-of-a-kind looks at the weekend-only design fair spaces just off Plaza Cortázar and roam the stores along the surrounding dappled streets for fashion-forward finds. Palermo Viejo is Buenos Aires’ version of Beverly Hills with high-end designer boutiques every few steps.

Plaza Cortázar (aka Plaza Serrano), at intersection of Jorge Luis Borges and Honduras,
Tags: shopping | design | things to do | menswear

San Telmo shops

Amid the antique stores and flea markets, you can nab the latest creations from local designers: visit Puntos en el Espacio for hip clothing and L’ago for cool lamps and decorative objects.

Peru 979, Peru and Defensa near Carlos Calvo, 011-54-11-4307-1742
Tags: shopping | things to do | designer | menswear

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